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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 that has continued well into the 21st century. Ball worked with Psychic TV, Jack The Tab and other groups before forming the electronic outfit the Grid in the 1990s and in 2011, Nitewreckage.

Soft Cell briefly re-united in 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of Soft Cell

1. Memorabilia

2. Tainted Love

3. Where Did Our Love Go?

4. Bedsitter

5. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

6. Sex Dwarf

7. Torch

8. Insecure Me

9. What?

10. Where The Heart Is

11. It's A Mugs Game

12. Numbers

13. Loving You Hating Me

14. Soul Inside

15. Down In The Subway

16. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime - new recording

17. Divided Soul - new recording

18. Tainted Love (2XS Remix)

19. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Almighty Radio Edit)

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Track List: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

1. Frustration

2. Tainted Love

3. Seedy Films

4. Youth

5. Sex Dwarf

6. Entertain Me

7. Chips On My Shoulder

8. Bedsitter

9. Secret Life

10. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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DONT Read THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS, DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if u ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 min. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS DO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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The 80's were the best...��
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F**king awesome! Love this!
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I am naked
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Makes me wanna hang out naked all day
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Loved and love this oh very...memor i e s of another gen xer
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Erotic
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When You Hear This You Will Feel Like Your An Undercover Agent.
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I think this band was voted as one of the best one hit wonders ever because of this song.
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great song I recomend the slippery when wet album by bon jovi if u like this or any 80s music
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Ur not n I'm not...lol demanding bratt ...lol luvys
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Cool.
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Soft Cell. LOL. This music takes me back to days that are better off, not remembered.
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I never want to leave you just come and get me ok
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Always good to hear, some Muse tracks are similar too....
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f**king awesome song
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Love 80s pop
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It's a classic 80s!
I love this song.
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great song!!
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Cool cats, they were. Ice man
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To awesome.
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most requested song on radio station kroq history
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Baby Baby., Where did our love go???Love this sing.
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upbeat and awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Just when u thought this song was over u realize it's only half way. Awesome.
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The 80's f'n ruled!
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Love this song so much.
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Love it!
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I. Love it!
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If you wanted to know the soundtrack of my life my young adult life this would be the song that will be playing on that soundtrack
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I will always love 80s music...
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