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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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Track List: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Deluxe Edition)

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gotta love Marc Almond.....w h a t a voice....
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I love this song
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What a brilliant song arrangement! Tainted Love and then Where Did Our Love Go! There's alway 2 sides to a break up...One just wants out and the other is still in Love. Classic! Love Stinks my friends!
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This song is a jewel for me I love it.
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looooooove this song
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Ahhh, the long version.,.
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the 80s ruled what a time to be alive
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We all have a tainted love.. Unfortunatel y
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Where????? Ur asking me in m notes?? Lol reverse this songs question. Tag u it
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Once I ran to u....now i runnnn
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Coneheads brought me here.
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timeless song!!!!!!!
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Tainted love, tainted subluxations , #Innate
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Awesome song Tainted Love Baby Baby
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80's music at its best!! Love Pandora!!
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