Katzenjammer Kabarett

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Katzenjammer Kabarett
Katzenjammer Kabarett2.jpg
Live in Paris (2008)
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Dark cabaret, deathrock, electropunk
Years active 2004–present
Labels Subterfuge, Projekt
Website www.katzenjammer-kabarett.com
Members Herr Katz
Mary Komplikated
Mr. Guillotine

Katzenjammer Kabarett is a four-piece dark cabaret band from Paris, France. Aesthetically inspired by German Weimar-era cabarets and burlesque shows, the band also chose a name of German origin that literally translates to "cat's wail cabaret" with Katzenjammer also generally meaning "discordant sound" and being used as a synonym for a hangover. Other stylistic influences range from Dadaism, Futurism and Symbolism to Postmodernism.[1]


The band was founded in 2004 by vocalist Mary Komplikated, guitarist Herr Katz, keyboardist Klischee and bass player Mr. Guillotine. In 2005 they released a self-titled EP which was freely distributed on their website. It was followed by their likewise self-titled debut album in 2006.[2]

Hence the band received critical acclaim and performed on several festivals, including the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2006 in Leipzig, the Amphi Festival 2007 in Cologne and the Summer Darkness festival 2009 in Utrecht. They also performed as a supporting act for the American dark cabaret band The Dresden Dolls, to whom they are often compared. In January 2009, they released their second studio album, Grand Guignol & Variétés on America's Projekt Records. The band split up in 2009. Klischee and Mr Guillotine formed in 2011 a new band called Katzkab.


The band's musical style is a mixture of different genres including post-punk, deathrock, electropunk, gothic rock, new wave music, electronic music, classical music and German "Lieder" (Romantic-era art songs). Referring to themselves as "death rock cabaret", "multireferential post-punk" and "baroque krautpop", the band also cites early New and Dark Wave bands like Bauhaus, Christian Death and Siouxsie and the Banshees as influences.[1][3][4]


Studio albums[edit]



  • "Gemini Girly Song" on New Dark Age Vol. 2 (2004)
  • "Eve at the Mansion" on Pagan Love Songs (2004)
  • "Lie Sucks Not" on Gothic compilation No. 29 (2005)
  • "Gemini Girly Song" on A Dark Cabaret (2005)


  1. ^ a b "Projekt: darkwave - Katzenjammer Kabarett: (debut)". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Band-Discography". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Official Biography". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Katzenjammer Kabarett on MySpace Music". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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