Code (album)

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Code
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1987
StudioWestern Works, Sheffield
Length40:16
48:24 (UK CD issue)
LabelEMI
ProducerCabaret Voltaire, Adrian Sherwood
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
(1985)
Code
(1987)
Groovy, Laidback and Nasty
(1990)

Code (stylized as C O D E) is the eighth studio album by English electronic band Cabaret Voltaire, released in October 1987.

Two singles, "Don't Argue" and "Here to Go", were released from the album.

Content[edit]

AllMusic wrote that Code "finds Cabaret Voltaire at their loosest and most accessible", calling it "the closest thing CV ever made to a party record" and adding that it "[achieves] a genuine mechanistic funkiness reminiscent of late-'70s Kraftwerk".[1]

The lyrics and title of "Don't Argue" incorporate verbatim a number of sentences from the narration of the 1945 short film Your Job in Germany, directed by Frank Capra. The film was aimed at American soldiers occupying Germany and strongly warned against trusting or fraternizing with German citizens.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Rolling Stone wrote that Code "finds the ideal balance between accessibility and menace", calling it "perhaps the duo's most exhilirating work".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Argue" – 4:26
  2. "Sex, Money, Freaks" – 4:57
  3. "Thank You America" – 5:22
  4. "Here to Go" – 5:09
  5. "Trouble (Won't Stop)" – 5:07
  6. "White Car" – 2:44
  7. "No One Here" – 5:00
  8. "Life Slips By" – 3:26
  9. "Code" – 4:07
  10. "Hey Hey" – 3:58 (bonus track on UK CD issue)
  11. "Here to Go (Little Dub)" – 4:10 (bonus track on UK CD issue)

Personnel[edit]

Cabaret Voltaire

with:

  • Bill Nelson – guitars on "Don't Argue", "Here to Go", "Trouble (Won't Stop)", "White Car" and "No One Here"
  • Mark Brydon – bass guitar on "Sex, Money, Freaks" and "No One Here"
  • Simeon Lister – saxophone on "Sex, Money, Freaks" and "No One Here"
  • Adrian Sherwood – production, also remixed a separately-released version of "Here to Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cassel, Bill. "Code – Cabaret Voltaire | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ Hollings, Ken (January 2002). "Cabaret Voltaire". The Wire (215). Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2011-11-24. The haunted urban soul of Cabaret Voltaire's "Don't Argue", the opening track on the 1987 Code album (EMI), suddenly seemed out of place. Using stentorian words of advice lifted from a 1945 US army training film, Your Job in Germany, designed to teach GIs how to behave in occupied territory, "Don't Argue" ran counter to the prevailing mood of loved-up euphoria. "You will not be friendly," commanded this new voice of negative authority. "You will be aloof... watchful... suspicious." Blissed out and ready to hug anything in sight, the Stepford Ravers would have a hard time getting their heads around a message like that.
  3. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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