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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

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