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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 has 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 1990s and in 2011, Nitewreckage. Soft Cell briefly re-united in 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Soft Cell

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    29 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret [Deluxe Edition]

    12 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret [Bonus Tracks]

    10 songs

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    This Last Night in Sodom

    10 songs

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    The Art of Falling Apart

    6 songs

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    Tainted Love - The Remixes

    7 songs

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    Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing

    19 songs

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    The Very Best of Soft Cell

    28 songs

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    The Twelve Inch Singles

    2 songs

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    Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go

    26 songs

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    Heat: The Remixes

    19 songs

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    The Very Best of Soft Cell

    11 songs

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    The Singles

    15 songs

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    Memorabilia: Singles

    12 songs

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    Cruelty Without Beauty

    10 songs

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    The Art of Falling Apart

    12 songs

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    Non-Stop Exotic Video Show

    18 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

    15 songs

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    Cruelty Without Beauty [Bonus CD]

    10 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

    12 songs

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    The Art of Falling Apart

    12 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

    18 songs

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    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret [UK Bonus Tracks]

    4 songs

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    Monoculture [UK CD #1]

    10 songs

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    The Art of Falling Apart

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Top Songs by
Soft Cell

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Tainted Love
  3.   Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go
  4.   Sex Dwarf
  5.   Where Did Our Love Go?
  6.   Tainted Love '91
  7.   Memorabilia '91
  8.   Memorabilia
  9.   Frustration
  10.   Tainted Dub
  11.   It's a Mugs Game
  12.   Torch
  13.   The Night
  14.   Monoculture
  15.   Martin
  16.   Heat
  17.   Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  18.   Memorabilia '91
  19.   What?
  20.   Bedsitter
  21.   Loving You Hating Me
  22.   Insecure Me
  23.   Secret Life
  24.   Entertain Me
  25.   Hendrix Medley: Hey Joe/Purple Haze/Voodoo Chile
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