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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.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  7.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  8.   Bedsitter
  9.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  10.   Mr. Self Destruct
  11.   Torch
  12.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  13.   Heat
  14.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  15.   The Best Way to Kill
  16.   Tainted Dub
  17.   It's a Mugs Game
  18.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  19.   Secret Life
  20.   Memorabilia '91
  21.   Memorabilia
  22.   The Dancing Marquis by Marc Almond
  23.   Burn Bright
  24.   Brilliant Creatures
  25.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  26.   Ruby Red
  27.   Melancholy Rose
  28.   Black Heart
  29.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  30.   Adored and Explored featuring Buster Poindexter
  31.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  32.   The Days of Pearly Spencer by Marc Almond
  33.   Caligula Syndrome
  34.   Whatever It Takes
  35.   Together Alone
  36.   Last Chance
  37.   The Night
  38.   Le Grand Guignol
  39.   Monoculture
  40.   Divided Soul
  41.   Hendrix Medley
  42.   Martin
  43.   The Art of Falling Apart
  44.   Surrender to a Stranger
  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.   007 Theme
  56.   Barriers
  57.   Numbers
  58.   Tears Run Rings
  59.   I Feel Love
  60.   Where the Heart Is '91
  61.   What?
  62.   Her Imagination
  63.   You Only Live Twice
  64.   Soul Inside
  65.   Loving You Hating Me
  66.   Seedy Films
  67.   Insecure Me
  68.   Where the Heart Is
  69.   Baby Doll
  70.   Down in the Subway
  71.   Entertain Me
  72.   Stories of Johnny by Marc Almond
  73.   Kitchen Sink Drama
  74.   Tragedy (Take a Look and See) by Marc Almond
  75.   Child Star
  76.   The Idol by Marc Almond
  77.   A Lover Spurned
  78.   On an Up
  79.   Sensation Nation