Code (album)

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Studio album by Cabaret Voltaire
Released October 1987
Studio Western Works, Sheffield
Genre New wave, synthpop, house, alternative dance
Label EMI
Producer Cabaret Voltaire, Adrian Sherwood
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
Groovy, Laidback and Nasty
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Code (stylized as C O D E) is an album by British electronic band Cabaret Voltaire. The track "Don't Argue" was released as a single, as was "Here To Go".

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]

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)


Cabaret Voltaire



  1. ^ Cassel, Bill. "C.O.D.E. – Cabaret Voltaire : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hollings, Ken (January 2002). "Cabaret Voltaire". The Wire (215). 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.