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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

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    1-Hit Wonders
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    New Wave
    2 songs

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    2 songs

    Classic Hits

    1 song

    LGBT Pride

    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.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  7.   Tainted Love
  8.   It's a Mugs Game
  9.   Bad to Me by Marc Almond
  10.   What Makes a Man by Marc Almond
  11.   Her Imagination
  12.   Tragedy (Take a Look and See) by Marc Almond
  13.   Last Chance
  14.   Divided Soul
  15.   Martin
  16.   Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
  17.   Secret Life
  18.   Memorabilia
  19.   Glorious
  20.   Brilliant Creatures
  21.   The Desperate Hours by Marc Almond
  22.   A Kind of Love by Marc Almond
  23.   Child Star
  24.   My Hand Over My Heart
  25.   Caligula Syndrome
  26.   All Out of Love
  27.   Desperate
  28.   Together Alone
  29.   The Night
  30.   Le Grand Guignol
  31.   Monoculture
  32.   Darker Times
  33.   Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
  34.   The Art of Falling Apart
  35.   Heat
  36.   Forever the Same
  37.   Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)
  38.   Surrender to a Stranger
  39.   The Best Way to Kill
  40.   Meet Murder My Angel
  41.   Little Rough Rhinestone
  42.   Mr. Self Destruct
  43.   A Man Could Get Lost
  44.   Chips on My Shoulder
  45.   Youth
  46.   Frustration
  47.   So
  48.   Facility Girls
  49.   Tainted Dub
  50.   Persuasion
  51.   Born to Lose
  52.   Barriers
  53.   Numbers
  54.   Tears Run Rings
  55.   I Feel Love
  56.   Where the Heart Is '91
  57.   Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
  58.   What?
  59.   Bedsitter
  60.   Memorabilia '91
  61.   You Only Live Twice
  62.   Soul Inside
  63.   Loving You Hating Me
  64.   Seedy Films