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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. After a number of years of relative inactivity, Ball later resurfaced in the techno outfit the Grid. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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william.hilt o n
This song was played in the movie, Bruno. Very good song too, Grace Jones originally sang this song!
Marilyn Manson's version is better.. A lot better.
I'm surprise so many people like this band I thought I was the only person who listen to them .
..<3..
There's a skip button for a reason yo.
If you don't like them, don't waste your time listening to them. It's that simple.
no brains no balls
F**k yalls
I love them to angelique1.
angelique1go n z a l e z
I'm 10and my mom play's this in the car and I love them rock on
My art school dance music
jtny786
Tainted Love, a good foot tapping song. Never knew who sang this, but I always knew and liked the song. Why'd the Bio guys call their sound sleazy? LOL They must be young. If they'd been on the party scene back in the day, they'd know this ain't sleazy, was a lotta sleazy out there. This wasn't it. Anyway, good song.
ramirezjosep h 1 4 6
Strip club kinda song
fornie690
Great pop song. One of my favorite 80's songs.
where is the rest of the song? its supposed to segue into Where Did Our Love Go?
Best beats ever!!!! TANITED LOVE
I luv tainted love! Thank god i stopped on the radio on this song! It rarely comes on anymore! Its awesome!
Original tainted love by soft cell..is the best.
I like Marilyn Manson's cover better
thugqueen420 2 0 0 1
Anybody can cover this song I heard a great mashup of this one Marilyn mason rihanna
Anybody realize that SOS by Rihanna and tainted love have the same beat
the song is actually originally by the supreme black female group i love soft cells version but theres is way better than this
Awesome song! It doesn't get any better. I have no complaints of the 80's. Music to feel, sing and dance to. Nuff said!!!!!!!
Love this song. Especially the extended version where it begins with "baby, baby-where did our love go?"
rgsuncof
Outstanding! ! !
bugdoctoraz
Only the best!
Love this song (tainted love) so much!!!!! FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW
Great
rmfrederi1
This always reminds me of coneheads
I hate how they only made 2 albums and they SOUND SOOOO GOOOODDD!!!!
Rt iutiurkgrkfr k k l y r k p o u t m h f y i o h r g
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nice song
isobel.hicke y
Awesome music. Classics . . . what would we do without them?
pandora is being good to me tonight ;)
Great song
xanth.sadie
Doctor Who guys! Doctor Who!
Nice jam
DOCTOR WHO IS PRETTY MUCH ALL I THINK LOL
historyjunki e
Gloria Jones put this song on the map !!!!
Once I ran to u, now I run from u !x!x! Classic !x!
This so cool
Really defined the 80's, the attitude, and the hair. Best song ever!
rachdotcom
Such a great song
Love it dudes niceeeeee
Man wish I was in high school when this song came out, I 'd play it and dance and bet I get all them 80's chicks ha
love it..
lexfirefox18 9 6
Don't read this cause it really works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life, however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading and you can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Where to find full version of this song??
It's almost IMPOSSIBLE to find this song on youtube...
destinyslega c y
I love this station! ��
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