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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 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 '90s and Nitewreckage in 2011. Soft Cell briefly reunited in 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Stations Featuring
Soft Cell

    1-Hit Wonders

    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

    New Wave

    New Wave
    2 songs

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    2 songs

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    Classic Hits

    1 song

    Awesome '80s

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

    Gay Anthems

    2 songs

Albums by
Soft Cell

Top Songs by
Soft Cell

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Tainted Love
  3.   Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go
  4.   Sex Dwarf
  5.   Tainted Love
  6.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  7.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  8.   What?
  9.   Down in the Subway
  10.   Bad to Me by Marc Almond
  11.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  12.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  13.   Tainted Dub
  14.   It's a Mugs Game
  15.   Numbers
  16.   Where the Heart Is '91
  17.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  18.   Where the Heart Is
  19.   Memorabilia
  20.   Burn Bright by Marc Almond
  21.   Variety by Marc Almond
  22.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  23.   Ruby Red by Marc Almond
  24.   Melancholy Rose by Marc Almond
  25.   Black Heart by Marc & the Mambas
  26.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  27.   Scar by Marc Almond
  28.   The Idol by Marc Almond
  29.   Adored and Explored featuring Buster Poindexter
  30.   The Days of Pearly Spencer by Marc Almond
  31.   My Hand Over My Heart by Marc Almond
  32.   Jacky by Marc Almond
  33.   Caligula Syndrome
  34.   Sensation Nation
  35.   Desperate
  36.   Together Alone