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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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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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❤❤❤❤❤
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great song!!
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Cool cats, they were. Ice man
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;-)
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kirstenlokal
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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sylvain.lers c h
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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sylvain.lers c h
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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treefrog9087 6
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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Cool
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rpeter4994
Ah, the great '80's! Ronald Reagan was president and America was the greatest. And my oldest brother was alive. I still miss him.
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rpeter4994
They don't make great music like this anymore.
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I'm so sure that I like this
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I'm not sure I like this I think?
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I may only be 13 but this is one of my favorite songs
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memories
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YEP!
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Omg I love them how old are they anyway?
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Great song tainted love
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I love this song.
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One*
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I miss the 80's, deff an awesome!!
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eddieg490
Metallica>Me g a d e t h
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Great 80's song
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Am I the only one who heard this song in Doctor Who, season 1, episode 2, with Christopher Eccleston?
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Every time I hear Tainted Love, I think of The Coneheads.
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I LOVE SOFT CELL !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Megadeth>Met a l l i c a
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Marilyn Manson versions better.
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Once i ran from u, now i run from u... Love it
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angels2flyhi g h 6
I think it's cool that an art student is part of a band, not the cliche of music major or something or perform at bars
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
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Did you know that Tainted Love is a cover song. It was originally done by Gloira Jones
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Reminds me of the fun days at Alcatraz in Chicago.
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carrielinare s
Listening to tainted love. I'm 10 years old. Yay now everybody wants to rule the world is on by tears for fears. Anyway, I wish kids my age listened to 80s like me even though I was not born in the 80s I still love it. Music matters a lot Kay? This is tinktinkgirl OUT! Moms phone now not iPad this time BTW. By!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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Love the 80's, met my husband in the 80's still with him!!!
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Love the 80's
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"I grew up in 80's damn I loved it."
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