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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

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    New Wave

    New Wave
    2 songs

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    2 songs

    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.   Tainted Love
  6.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  7.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  8.   So
  9.   Memorabilia
  10.   Darker Times
  11.   Numbers
  12.   Bedsitter
  13.   Loving You Hating Me
  14.   Torch
  15.   The Dancing Marquis by Marc Almond
  16.   Glorious
  17.   Brilliant Creatures
  18.   Ruby Red
  19.   Melancholy Rose
  20.   Black Heart
  21.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  22.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  23.   The Idol by Marc Almond
  24.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  25.   My Hand Over My Heart
  26.   Caligula Syndrome
  27.   Desperate
  28.   Together Alone
  29.   Last Chance
  30.   The Night
  31.   Le Grand Guignol
  32.   Monoculture
  33.   Divided Soul
  34.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  35.   Martin
  36.   The Art of Falling Apart
  37.   Heat
  38.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  39.   Surrender to a Stranger
  40.   L' Esqualita
  41.   The Best Way to Kill
  42.   Meet Murder My Angel
  43.   Little Rough Rhinestone
  44.   Slave to This
  45.   Mr. Self Destruct
  46.   A Man Could Get Lost
  47.   Chips on My Shoulder
  48.   Youth
  49.   Frustration
  50.   Facility Girls
  51.   Tainted Dub
  52.   Persuasion
  53.   Disease and Desire
  54.   007 Theme
  55.   Barriers
  56.   It's a Mugs Game
  57.   Tears Run Rings
  58.   I Feel Love
  59.   Where the Heart Is '91
  60.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  61.   What?
  62.   Memorabilia '91
  63.   Her Imagination
  64.   You Only Live Twice
  65.   Soul Inside
  66.   Seedy Films
  67.   Insecure Me
  68.   Where the Heart Is
  69.   Baby Doll
  70.   Down in the Subway