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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

    LGBT Pride

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    Awesome '80s

    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 Did Our Love Go?
  6.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  7.   Tainted Love
  8.   Her Imagination
  9.   Bad to Me by Marc Almond
  10.   The Dancing Marquis by Marc Almond
  11.   Tragedy (Take a Look and See) by Marc Almond
  12.   Brilliant Creatures
  13.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  14.   Surrender to a Stranger
  15.   Tainted Dub
  16.   Persuasion
  17.   It's a Mugs Game
  18.   Bedsitter
  19.   Memorabilia '91
  20.   Memorabilia
  21.   Variety
  22.   Glorious
  23.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  24.   Ruby Red
  25.   Melancholy Rose
  26.   Black Heart
  27.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  28.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  29.   Scar
  30.   My Hand Over My Heart
  31.   Jacky
  32.   Stories of Johnny by Marc Almond
  33.   Caligula Syndrome
  34.   Together Alone
  35.   Last Chance
  36.   The Night
  37.   Le Grand Guignol
  38.   Monoculture
  39.   Divided Soul
  40.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  41.   Hendrix Medley
  42.   Martin
  43.   The Art of Falling Apart
  44.   Heat
  45.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  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.   Disease and Desire
  59.   Torch
  60.   Entertain Me
  61.   Fun City
  62.   Secret Life
  63.   Kitchen Sink Drama