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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

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    2 songs

    Classic Hits

    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.   Where the Heart Is '91
  6.   Tainted Love
  7.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  8.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  9.   I Feel Love
  10.   Disease and Desire
  11.   Secret Life
  12.   Insecure Me
  13.   Memorabilia
  14.   Bad to Me by Marc Almond
  15.   The Dancing Marquis by Marc Almond
  16.   Variety
  17.   Glorious
  18.   Tragedy (Take a Look and See) by Marc Almond
  19.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  20.   Ruby Red
  21.   Melancholy Rose
  22.   Black Heart
  23.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  24.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  25.   Child Star
  26.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  27.   My Hand Over My Heart
  28.   Stories of Johnny by Marc Almond
  29.   A Lover Spurned
  30.   Caligula Syndrome
  31.   Sensation Nation
  32.   Desperate
  33.   Together Alone
  34.   Last Chance
  35.   The Night
  36.   Le Grand Guignol
  37.   Monoculture
  38.   Divided Soul
  39.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  40.   Martin
  41.   The Art of Falling Apart
  42.   Heat
  43.   Forever the Same
  44.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  45.   Surrender to a Stranger
  46.   L' Esqualita
  47.   The Best Way to Kill
  48.   Meet Murder My Angel
  49.   Little Rough Rhinestone
  50.   Slave to This
  51.   Mr. Self Destruct
  52.   A Man Could Get Lost
  53.   Chips on My Shoulder
  54.   Youth
  55.   Frustration
  56.   So
  57.   Facility Girls
  58.   Tainted Dub
  59.   Persuasion
  60.   Born to Lose
  61.   Barriers
  62.   It's a Mugs Game
  63.   Numbers
  64.   Tears Run Rings
  65.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  66.   What?
  67.   Bedsitter
  68.   Memorabilia '91
  69.   Her Imagination
  70.   You Only Live Twice
  71.   Soul Inside
  72.   Loving You Hating Me