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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.   Tainted Love
  6.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  7.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  8.   Tainted Dub
  9.   Torch
  10.   Brilliant Creatures by Marc Almond
  11.   Together Alone
  12.   The Night
  13.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  14.   Martin
  15.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  16.   Meet Murder My Angel
  17.   Frustration
  18.   Facility Girls
  19.   It's a Mugs Game
  20.   Where the Heart Is '91
  21.   What?
  22.   Where the Heart Is
  23.   Down in the Subway
  24.   Secret Life
  25.   Memorabilia
  26.   Bad to Me by Marc Almond
  27.   Burn Bright by Marc Almond
  28.   Glorious by Marc Almond
  29.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  30.   Black Heart by Marc & the Mambas
  31.   Medley: I Feel Love featuring Bronski Beat
  32.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  33.   Scar by Marc Almond
  34.   Child Star by Marc Almond
  35.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  36.   Jacky by Marc Almond
  37.   A Lover Spurned by Marc Almond
  38.   Stories of Johnny by Marc Almond
  39.   On an Up
  40.   Caligula Syndrome
  41.   Sensation Nation
  42.   All Out of Love
  43.   Desperate