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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

    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
  2.   Tainted Love
  3.   Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go
  4.   Sex Dwarf
  5.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  6.   Memorabilia
  7.   So
  8.   Bedsitter
  9.   Heat
  10.   Torch
  11.   All Out of Love
  12.   Together Alone
  13.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  14.   Hendrix Medley
  15.   Tainted Dub
  16.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  17.   Tainted Love '91
  18.   Tainted Love '91
  19.   You Only Live Twice
  20.   Down in the Subway
  21.   Entertain Me
  22.   Caligula Syndrome
  23.   Whatever It Takes
  24.   Desperate
  25.   Last Chance
  26.   The Night
  27.   Le Grand Guignol
  28.   Monoculture
  29.   Divided Soul
  30.   Martin
  31.   The Art of Falling Apart
  32.   Forever the Same
  33.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  34.   Surrender to a Stranger
  35.   The Best Way to Kill
  36.   Meet Murder My Angel
  37.   Little Rough Rhinestone
  38.   Slave to This
  39.   Mr. Self Destruct
  40.   A Man Could Get Lost
  41.   Chips on My Shoulder
  42.   Youth
  43.   Frustration
  44.   Facility Girls
  45.   Persuasion
  46.   Disease and Desire
  47.   Barriers
  48.   It's a Mugs Game
  49.   Numbers
  50.   Memorabilia '91
  51.   Where the Heart Is '91
  52.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  53.   What?
  54.   Memorabilia '91
  55.   Her Imagination
  56.   Soul Inside
  57.   Loving You Hating Me
  58.   Seedy Films
  59.   Insecure Me
  60.   Where the Heart Is
  61.   Baby Doll
  62.   Secret Life
  63.   I Feel Love
  64.   On an Up
  65.   Darker Times
  66.   L' Esqualita
  67.   Born to Lose
  68.   007 Theme
  69.   Fun City
  70.   Kitchen Sink Drama
  71.   Sensation Nation

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