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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 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

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    2 songs

    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
  2.   Tainted Love
  3.   Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go
  4.   Sex Dwarf
  5.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  6.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  7.   Tainted Love
  8.   It's a Mugs Game
  9.   Torch
  10.   The Art of Falling Apart
  11.   Youth
  12.   Where the Heart Is '91
  13.   Bedsitter
  14.   Memorabilia '91
  15.   Soul Inside
  16.   Loving You Hating Me
  17.   Numbers
  18.   Memorabilia
  19.   The Dancing Marquis by Marc Almond
  20.   Burn Bright
  21.   Variety
  22.   Glorious
  23.   Tragedy (Take a Look and See) by Marc Almond
  24.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  25.   Ruby Red
  26.   Melancholy Rose
  27.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  28.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  29.   Scar
  30.   The Idol by Marc Almond
  31.   Adored and Explored featuring Buster Poindexter
  32.   The Days of Pearly Spencer by Marc Almond
  33.   Jacky
  34.   On an Up
  35.   Caligula Syndrome
  36.   Sensation Nation
  37.   Whatever It Takes
  38.   Together Alone
  39.   Last Chance
  40.   The Night
  41.   Le Grand Guignol
  42.   Monoculture
  43.   Divided Soul
  44.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  45.   Martin
  46.   Heat
  47.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  48.   Surrender to a Stranger
  49.   The Best Way to Kill
  50.   Meet Murder My Angel
  51.   Little Rough Rhinestone
  52.   Mr. Self Destruct
  53.   A Man Could Get Lost
  54.   Chips on My Shoulder
  55.   Frustration
  56.   So
  57.   Facility Girls
  58.   Tainted Dub
  59.   Persuasion
  60.   Barriers
  61.   Tears Run Rings
  62.   I Feel Love
  63.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  64.   What?
  65.   Her Imagination
  66.   You Only Live Twice