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Soft Cell

Art students Marc Almond and Dave Ball formed Soft Cell, a synth pop duo famed for its uniquely sleazy electronic sound, in Leeds, England in 1980. Originally, vocalist Almond and synth player Ball teamed to compose music for theatrical productions, and as Soft Cell, their live performances continued to draw heavily on the pair's background in drama and the visual arts. A self-financed EP titled Mutant Moments brought the duo to the attention of Some Bizzare label head Stevo, who enlisted Daniel Miller to produce their underground hit single "Memorabilia" the following year.

It was the next Soft Cell effort, 1981's "Tainted Love," that brought the duo to international prominence; written by the Four Preps' Ed Cobb and already a cult favorite thanks to Gloria Jones' soulful reading, the song was reinvented as a hypnotic electronic dirge and became the year's best-selling British single, as well as a major hit abroad. The group's debut LP, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, was also enormously successful, and was followed by the 1982 remix collection Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing.

While 1983's The Art of Falling Apart proved as popular as its predecessors, the LP's title broadly hinted at the internal problems plaguing the duo; prior to the release of 1984's This Last Night in Sodom, Soft Cell had already broken up. Almond immediately formed the electro-soul unit Marc & the Mambas; another group, Marc Almond & the Willing Sinners, followed before the singer finally embarked on a solo career in the late '80s. After a number of years of relative inactivity, Ball later resurfaced in the techno outfit the Grid. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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ebeets1
this guy's gotta burnin' yearnin' deep inside him and it hurts so bad- he either needs to go to the toilet or see a doctor. Maybe both.
rogerblocke
I remember them playing this on AFN Armed Forces Network in Germany before we went to Route the Rackies.
I REMEMBER USE TO GOING TO ARCADES AND SKATING RINKS SND THEY PLAYED THIS SONG SUCH GREAT MEMORIES
martinezbren n o n
This freaked me out! This isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this 10 different comments you will have the best day of your day tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
Taintd Love : Great song. Great band.
Got to be the 80"s
Good song
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What's with the remix ,it sound alike s**t ,remixes f**k up songs and is embarrassing f**k whoever made a remix it was fine before
One of the best
Stop no ah up face
Baby, baby, don't leave me....
I do not like this song
Sexy song :) ..cute singer!!
narwen5
Nice on tainted love
love
Always a club classic.
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Say a school day
Close your left hand
Open it and look at it
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
If you love Tainted Love like I do, check out Marc Almonds Tears Run Rings....one of my favorite songs that nobody has heard.
bearod033
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on t
Love this.
taniahalaby1 2
☆ ☆ ★ ★ ☆ ■ ◆ ★
taniahalaby1 2
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taniahalaby1 2
Looks like a winner♥
taniahalaby1 2
Look at us baby up all night tearing are love apart wont be the same two people live in the dark
Nine and tainted love :) ;)
Marilyn who ???
esperanzita1 2 4 5 you are so right
I love them! I love The music of The 80s and 90s,The music from now sucks
william.hilt o n
This song was played in the movie, Bruno. Very good song too, Grace Jones originally sang this song!
Marilyn Manson's version is better.. A lot better.
I'm surprise so many people like this band I thought I was the only person who listen to them .
..<3..
There's a skip button for a reason yo.
If you don't like them, don't waste your time listening to them. It's that simple.
no brains no balls
F**k yalls
I love them to angelique1.
angelique1go n z a l e z
I'm 10and my mom play's this in the car and I love them rock on
My art school dance music
jtny786
Tainted Love, a good foot tapping song. Never knew who sang this, but I always knew and liked the song. Why'd the Bio guys call their sound sleazy? LOL They must be young. If they'd been on the party scene back in the day, they'd know this ain't sleazy, was a lotta sleazy out there. This wasn't it. Anyway, good song.
ramirezjosep h 1 4 6
Strip club kinda song
fornie690
Great pop song. One of my favorite 80's songs.
where is the rest of the song? its supposed to segue into Where Did Our Love Go?
Best beats ever!!!! TANITED LOVE
I luv tainted love! Thank god i stopped on the radio on this song! It rarely comes on anymore! Its awesome!
Original tainted love by soft cell..is the best.
I like Marilyn Manson's cover better
Anybody can cover this song I heard a great mashup of this one Marilyn mason rihanna
Anybody realize that SOS by Rihanna and tainted love have the same beat
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