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Soft Cell

Background information
Origin Leeds, England
Genre(s) New Wave
Post Punk
Synth Pop
Years active 1980-1984
2001-Present
Label(s) Some Bizarre
Sire
Cooking Vinyl
Members
Marc Almond
David Ball

Soft Cell is a Synth-Pop duo formed during the early 1980s. It consists of Marc Almond (vocals) and David Ball (synthesizers). Lyrics by the duo often focused on love and romance as well as the darker side of life, with subjects such as kinky sex, transexualism, drugs and murder. The duo had a huge world-wide hit in 1981 with a cover version of "Tainted Love". Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The New Wave was a movement in American, Australian and British popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, growing out of the New York City musical scene centered around the club CBGB. The term itself is a source of much confusion. ... Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Some Bizarre Records is the label of Stevo, the manager of Marc Almond. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Cooking Vinyl is a UK-based independent record company, founded in 1986. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire, England) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... David Ball (born 3 May 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire) is an English producer and electronic musician, who has played in bands such as Soft Cell and The Grid, and collaborated with producers such as Ingo Vauk and Chris Braide. ... Synthpop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July 1957 in Southport, Lancashire, England) is a popular English singer, songwriter and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... David Ball (born 3 May 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire) is an English producer and electronic musician, who has played in bands such as Soft Cell and The Grid, and collaborated with producers such as Ingo Vauk and Chris Braide. ... For other uses, see Synthesizer (disambiguation). ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ... This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... Paraphilia (in Greek para παρά = over and philia φιλία = friendship) is a mental health term recently used to indicate sexual arousal in response to sexual objects or situations that are not part of societally normative arousal/activity patterns, or which may interfere with... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Tainted Love is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps. ...


Soft Cell emerged from the New Romantic and New Wave era, but were part of the futurist scene, alongside the likes of Depeche Mode, OMD, The Human League and Gary Numan. The darker nature of their music also made Soft Cell popular in the emerging Goth scene. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bold text New Wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s was inspired by the punk rock. ... Depeche Mode are an influential electronic band, who formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England. ... Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (often abbreviated to OMD) are a synth pop group whose founder members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, UK. OMD record for Virgin Records (originally for Virgins DinDisc subsidiary). ... The Human League are a British synthpop/New Wave band. ... For the video game programmer Garry Newman, see Garrys Mod. ... This article is about the late 20th / early 21st century subculture. ...

Contents

Origins

Both Marc Almond and David Ball grew up in seaside towns (Southport and Blackpool respectively), and later met while students at the Leeds Polytechnic Fine Arts University (now Leeds Metropolitan University). Almond, a performance artist, collaborated with Ball on a few avant-garde multi-media performances at the university. Ball a gifted multi-instrumentalist, decided to experiment widely with analogue synth sounds and technique, and this, coupled with Almond's performance art and kitchen sink lyrics, led the two to release their first EP Single. For other uses, see Southport (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that South Shore, Blackpool be merged into this article or section. ... Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds Metropolitan University is a university with campuses in Leeds and Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. ... Performance art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ...


Early Soft Cell

Their initial efforts at recording resulted in an EP called Mutant Moments, funded by Ball, made with a simple 2-track recorder. This was released independently with only 2000 vinyl copies pressed and has since become a highly valued collector's item among Soft Cell fans. Their early shows and EP caught the interest of certain record labels, such as Mute Records and Some Bizarre Records, both of which pioneered the new wave of synthesizer bands. Soft Cell's next recording, "The Girl with the Patent Leather Face," appeared as a contribution to the Some Bizarre compilation album, which featured other (then unknown) bands such as Depeche Mode, The The, and Blancmange. Their first single, "A Man Can Get Lost" 7"/"Memorabilia," 12" was produced by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records. While the single was a club hit, Soft Cell remained essentially unknown. // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Mutant Moments is a short EP, independently financed and produced by Soft Cell, a synthpop/new wave duo who would later achieve fame with their groundbreaking hit cover of the Gloria Jones song Tainted Love. ... Mute Records is a record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, T.V.O.D./Warm Leatherette, under the moniker The Normal. ... Some Bizarre Records is the label of Stevo, the manager of Marc Almond. ... Depeche Mode are an influential electronic band, who formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England. ... The The is an English musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Blancmange were a synthpop band in the 1980s. ... The Normal is the recording artist name used by English film editor Daniel Miller, who is best known as the founder of the record label Mute Records. ...


"Tainted Love"

Showing impatience in the wake of the chart failure of "Memorabilia", Mute Records allowed Soft Cell to record a second and final single in an attempt to score a chart hit. The band opted to record a radically reworked cover version of "Tainted Love", a 1964 northern soul classic originally sung by Gloria Jones (the wife of Marc Bolan) and written by Ed Cobb of The Four Preps. The Verve see A Northern Soul This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gloria Jones (born 12 September 1938, Longview, Texas [1]) is an American singer and songwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Four Preps were a popular music quartet most popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ...


Released in 1981, Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" was a number-one hit in seventeen countries, including the United Kingdom, as well as a number eight single in the United States during 1982, and went on to set a then-Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive stay on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (43 weeks). The A-side of the 12 inch single of "Tainted Love" actually featured a two-song medley, with "Tainted Love" blending into the classic Motown hit "Where Did Our Love Go?" by The Supremes. At the peak of the song's popularity, many radio stations opted to play the full medley, utilizing their own edits to shorten the 9-minute track. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... (Redirected from 12 inch single) The 12-inch single gramophone record gained popularity with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Where Did Our Love Go is the name of a 1964 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... For other uses, see Supremes (disambiguation). ...


According to Marc Almond's book, "Tainted Life," Soft Cell exited the "Tainted Love" recording sessions with only modest expectations that the track might dent the UK Top 50. Further, Almond wrote that his only significant contribution to the song's instrumentation (besides the vocals) was the suggestion that the song begin with a characteristic "bink bink" sound which would repeat periodically throughout. Almond also wrote that he dedicated this song to his on-off partner Christian Andrews. While "Tainted Love" was Soft Cell's only Top 40 hit in the United States, the band had approximately eight Top 40 hits in the UK, including "Bedsitter", "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye", "Torch", and "What!", each of which broke the UK Top 5.


Usually an artist releasing a cover version as a single would write the song that appears on the B-side, as this would still entitle the artist to some songwriting royalties stemming from sales of that single. However, as Soft Cell wrote neither "Tainted Love" nor "Where Did Our Love Go" (the 7" B-side track), they lost the opportunity to make a greater sum of money from songwriting royalties stemming from one of the most popular songs of the '80s. Almond expressed regret for this in his book, "Tainted Life", and chalked the error up to naivete. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Covers and Sampling

Due to its enduring popularity, Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love" along with other songs from Non-stop Erotic Cabaret have been covered and sampled a number of times, including: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the first album released by the groundbreaking synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell, released in 1981 by Some Bizarre Records. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

  • A version from argentinian DJ and show host Clotta Lanzetta, now translated as Falso Amor.
  • 1984 Coil covered Tainted Love as one half of the double A-Side Panic/Tainted Love this record was the first ever AIDS benefit record and Marc Almond appeared in the video as "Death". Marc would also provide vocals on the group's next release Horse Rotorvator.
  • 1999 Australian punk/rockabilly band The Living End covered the song as a B-side for their single "All Torn Down".
  • 2001 Glam/hard rock band Marilyn Manson covered the song on the album Not Another Teen Movie O.S.T. and Lest We Forget: The Best Of Marilyn Manson. Also as a bonus track on The Golden Age of Grotesque.
  • 2004 German techno producer Thomas Schumacher samples "Tainted Love" on his single Tainted Schall.
  • Industrial band Nine Inch Nails covered the song "Memorabilia" in 1994 which appeared the Closer to God single and on their 10th anniversary re-release of The Downward Spiral in 2004. They also covered "Sex Dwarf" live during the 1989 Pretty Hate Machine tour.
  • 2005 Pussycat Dolls covered the Soft Cell version with Tainted Love and Where Did Our Love Go? combined as one song for their debut album, PCD.
  • 2006 Rihanna extensively samples "Tainted Love" on the single "SOS" from her album A Girl Like Me.
  • 2006 Psytrance producer Bulletproof samples "Tainted Love" on the vinyl EP Tainted Love.
  • 2007 DJ Richard Grey samples "Tainted Love" on "Warped Base". Drum-and-Bass-style single, the vocal version still features Mark Almond's vocals.
  • 2007 Chicago electronic duo Microfilm do not cover Soft Cell, but name-check their album NonStop Erotic Cabaret (as well as NonStop Ecstatic Dancing) in the lyrics of their track 'Non-Stop Dreaming'; Soft Cell were an influence on the original sound of Microfilm's early tracks.

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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Their first album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, further explored the trademark Soft Cell themes of squalor and sleaze. "Seedy Films" talks of long nights in porno cinemas, while "Frustration" and "Secret Life" deal with the boredom and hypocrisy associated with suburban life. A companion video entitled Non-Stop Exotic Video Show was released alongside the album and featured videos directed by Tim Pope, who later found fame as director of music videos by The Cure. The video generated some controversy in Britain, mainly due to the scandal involved with the "Sex Dwarf" promotional film. The original version of the music video featured Almond and Ball in a bloody butcher shop surrounded by chainsaws, nude actors, and dwarves. However, the film was confiscated by police and censored before it was even released. As a tongue-in-cheek substitute, a re-filmed "Sex Dwarf" appeared in Non-Stop Exotic Video Show featuring Almond dressed in a tuxedo, directing a symphony orchestra of dwarves. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the first album released by the groundbreaking synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell, released in 1981 by Some Bizarre Records. ... Porn redirects here. ... Tim Pope is an award-winning film director most famous for his music videos (especially for The Cure), but also for having directed feature films and for having a brief pop career. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


In 1982, the duo spent most of their time recording and relaxing in New York City, where they met a woman named Cindy Ecstasy. It was Cindy Ecstasy who introduced them to the new club drug of the same name. By their own admission, most of Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing was recorded and mixed under the influence of ecstasy. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), most commonly known by the street names ecstasy or XTC (for more names see the full list), is a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family, whose primary effect is believed to be the stimulation of secretion as well as inhibition of re-uptake of large amounts...


By now, the shadow of "Tainted Love" was beginning to haunt the band, and the pressures of stardom, not to mention the constant drug use, were taking their toll. Marc Almond also formed the group Marc and the Mambas, featuring collaborations with The The's Matt Johnson and future Almond collaborator Annie Hogan, as an offshoot in order to experiment out of the glare of the Soft Cell spotlight. Soft Cell followed their remix album with a full length album appropriately titled The Art of Falling Apart. The singles were modest successes in Britain. Again, Soft Cell courted some controversy when their second single from the album, "Numbers," was banned from the BBC due to references in the song to the drug speed. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The The is an English musical and multimedia group that has been around since 1979 in various forms, with Matt Johnson being the only constant band member. ... Matt Johnson (Born 15 August 1961 in London) is the founder and only constant member of the multimedia band The The. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the psychostimulant, d-methamphetamine. ...


By 1983, they had decided amicably to dissolve the band and released one final album called This Last Night in Sodom, a critical success but a commercial failure. The album departed from its predecessors by having a much grittier feel, featuring more live drums and guitars than previous albums. However, the controversial subject matter still remained true to the Soft Cell ethos, with songs such as "L'Esqualita" that glamourized transvestite culture in Manhattan. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Transvestism is literally the practice of cross-dressing, wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, and transvestite literally refers to a person who cross-dresses. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


Solo years

During Almond's solo years, he and Ball continued to keep in touch. Dave Ball's wife played cello in Marc Almond's solo band. Almond and David Ball did not work again together until the nineties, when Ball arranged some music for Almond's "Tenement Symphony." David Ball formed The Grid in 1990. The Grid split up in 1996, but reformed in 2003. The Grid is an English group/production group for electronic music that consists of Richard Norris and Dave Ball (formerly of Soft Cell). ...


Reunion

Almond and Ball's reunion as Soft Cell became official with well-received initial concerts - they performed at the opening of the Ocean nightclub in London in March 2001 to strong reviews, and a mini tour followed later in the year. The album Cruelty Without Beauty was released in late 2002, followed by a European tour in early 2003. The new album featured their first new songs together in almost twenty years. One of those songs was their 2003 single "The Night" (UK #39). Interestingly, Soft Cell had considered recording "The Night" back in 1981 in place of "Tainted Love" as their last-ditch attempt to score a chart hit. In a 2003 interview with BBC's Top of the Pops, keyboardist David Ball asserted, "I think history has kind of shown that we did make the right choice [in 1981]." Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


In August 2007 the band announced they were working on a remix album, "Heat - The Remixes". The remix album is expected to be released in late October 2007 and will include classic Soft Cell tracks remixed by such acts as Manhattan Clique, Cicada, Richard X, Ladytron, MHC, Mark Moore, Kinky Roland, Spektrum, George Demure, Yer Man and many more[1]. Manhattan Clique is a remix and DJ duo consisting of electronic and house music producers Philip Larsen and Chris Smith. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Ladytron (disambiguation). ... MHC may refer to: Major histocompatibility complex, a highly polymorphic region on chromosome 6 with genes particularly involved in immune functions Managed health care Mars Hill College, a coeducational liberal-arts college affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention in Mars Hill, North Carolina, USA Matthew Henry Commentary (Biblical) Mental... Mark Moore (born March 10, 1964, in London) is a British dance music record producer and DJ. He was founder of the pop band SExpress, and runs the London nightclub night Electrogogo. Moore and William Orbit formed a friendship, with Orbit remixing the SXpress hit Hey Music Lover... Spektrum is an indoor ice hockey arena in Oslo, Norway. ...


Discography

Main article: Soft Cell discography

This is a comprehensive listing of official releases by UK Synth-Pop duo Soft Cell. ...

References

  1. ^ Soft Cell remix album in the pipeline

External links

  • Soft Cell singles list
  • BBC Top of the Pops Interview
  • Unofficial Soft Cell Webpage
  • Marc Almond's official site

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