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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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Love it. Top 50 songs for me
I men good
Lam
Tainted Love.
kingdrago236
tainted love is so f**kin' kul
Good song. But today's music is good too......... . . . . . . . . . .
mrsmojorisin 5
I don't think anyone knows who dave ball is
megan1490
Coneheads
seshns.jgjg
To Jennifer Fernandez rip, we miss you
OH! I remember what I was gonna say. There was PLENTY of music from the 80s' that I couldn't stand at ALL, some still to this day BUT, majority of those tunes that I would never spend a nickel on then or change the radio station as fast as I could when I heard them, when I hear them today the take me back to a better, happier and easier time in my life and I have a new found respect for them and may even purchase them on some form of medium. Hopefully we grow older, we grow wiser. No?
@milosdad - I think most people are speaking in 'general'. I was a teen all through the 80s' and compare all music to that era. I have a hard time with todays music but of course there is plenty good music out there. I think a lot of people are bias to their generation. ALSO as time marches on it becomes more and more difficult to NOT sound like somebody or something that that has already been done. perfect example, people who say,Didn't so&so do this song in 2011? when what they are really
listening to the original version done in 1977.
Awesome . I got to Run Away
Awesome awesome awesome... Song!
Good song
Theres always some good music to find. It does seem there's less of it to find now.
milosdad
If anyone thinks today's music sucks they are not listening enough. I can find great music in any decade. Perhaps the thing that's missing for some is the youth and lack of obligation. Those things tend to make all aspects of our lives that much better.
When I listen to stuff from the 70's and 80's, I get nostalgic and sometimes a little sad but at least I do have the music to help take me back.
milosdad
Sleazy? No way! I had a girlfriend from Norway who turned me on to a extended, I think German, version of this before it even came to the U.S. I was hooked.
heylupe
bruh
I was Europe about a year before Soft Cell hit the airwaves in the U.S. and were the #1 group there. I bought their album and when returned home I played it for some friends and they didn't like too much. Fools....... . . . . . . . . .
I love this song
Reminds me of the movie, "The Coneheads."
Thanks for the memories
Cool songs
megan1490
Reminds me of my crush for over a year when I first met him last November when I went to go see Carrie the movie he was doing the ticket stubs inside and ask me about my book. I wonder where did our love go by when I never got to see him all the time:-( but last month I got to see him twice. Once was with my sister I couldn't talk to him while my sister was around or flirt with him also
megan1490
I agree with u Nate today's music sucks!!!
megan1490
Cone heads!
Good song
Last night in sodom...then he forms marc almond and the mambas,and then marc and the willing sinners...ma n this guy is screaming look at me I'm peter pan lol smh
this song is like a time machine, dancing in the clubs, the lights and smoke machine going.....aw e s o m e , I turn 48 tomorrow, and this song is STILL great!
brings back memories
I was your typical punk rocker surfer skateboarder in the eighties growing up and my boys used to joke me for loving music like this... But even at 49 still love my punk rock and I still love my Soft Cell
Soft cell what a song this is why the 80 s will always be remember as the best years of music bar none the 80s will always rule! Awesome
This song remember me when I went to Florida
Be sure to check out the Marylin Manson version too!
nate8583
Great song!!
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wtf...
omfg sex dwarf wtf xD
like this song a lot
pengfliessou t h
Tainted love.....LOV E IT!!!!<3
kevin-burns9
What a terrific jam tainted love at the limelight in Chicago during 1985!!!Aweso m e man!!!pkb45
sure beats today's music, and this is someone who was born in 95.
The 80's were amazing compared to the CRAP today!!
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Damn I love this song!!
don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you started reading 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 lettersit's so crazy because it actually works!
Oh WHERE is my love gone to , missing ya everyday and night woman
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