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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go

1. Tainted Love

2. Where Did Our Love Go? (Original / 7" Single Version)

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Track List: Heat: The Remixes

Disc 1

1. Memorabilia (Cicada Dub Version)

2. Bedsitter (Manhattan Clique Remix)

3. Tainted Love (Dakeyne Remix)

4. Youth (The Memory Band Remix)

5. Torch (Manhattan Clique Remix)

6. Where The Heart Is (Marcas Lancaster Remix)

7. Seedy Films (Richard X Remix)

8. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Marcas Lancaster Remix)

9. What? (Simon Plastiq Remix)

10. Numbers (Spektrum Remix)

11. Insecure Me (Trevor Jackson/Playgroup Remix)

12. Soul Inside (Readers Wives Remix)

13. A Man Could Get Lost (Marcello Remix)

Disc 2

1. Heat (Yer Man Remix)

2. Meet Murder My Angel (Marc Almond & Kinky Roland Remix)

3. Sex Dwarf (The Grid Remix)

4. Baby Doll (Nitewreckers Remix)

5. Secret Life (George Demure Remix)

6. Chips On My Shoulder (Mark Moore & Kinky Roland Remix)

7. Barriers (Dark Poets Remix)

8. Surrender To A Stranger (MHC Remix)

9. Little Rough Rhinestone (Solvent Remix)

10. Frustration (Punx Soundcheck Remix)

11. The Art Of Falling Apart (Atomizer Remix)

12. Her Imagination (Monkey Farm Frankenstein Remix)

13. Martin (Nitewreckers Remix)

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Track List: Cruelty Without Beauty

1. Darker Times

2. Monoculture

3. Le Grand Guignol

4. The Night

5. Last Chance

6. Together Alone

7. Desperate

8. Whatever It Takes

9. All Out Of Love

10. Sensation Nation

11. Caligula Syndrome

12. On An Up

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Track List: The Very Best Of Soft Cell

1. Memorabilia

2. Tainted Love

3. Where Did Our Love Go?

4. Bedsitter

5. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

6. Sex Dwarf

7. Torch

8. Insecure Me

9. What?

10. Where The Heart Is

11. It's A Mugs Game

12. Numbers

13. Loving You Hating Me

14. Soul Inside

15. Down In The Subway

16. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime - new recording

17. Divided Soul - new recording

18. Tainted Love (2XS Remix)

19. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Almighty Radio Edit)

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Track List: The Twelve Inch Singles

Disc 1

1. Memorabilia (Extended)

2. Persuasion

3. Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version)

4. Tainted Dub / Where Did Our Love Go?

5. Bedsitter (Extended Version)

6. Facility Girls (12" Single Extended Version)

7. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Extended Version)

8. Fun City

Disc 2

1. Torch (Extended Version)

2. Insecure Me (Extended Version)

3. What! (Extended Version - Original 12" Edit)

4. So (Extended Version)

5. Where The Heart Is (12" Version)

6. It's A Mug's Game

7. Numbers (12 Inch Version)

8. Barriers

Disc 3

1. Soul Inside (12" Mix)

2. Loving You Hating Me (12" Version)

3. You Only Live Twice (12 " Version)

4. 007 Theme

5. Her Imagination

6. Down In The Subway (12" Version)

7. Disease And Desire

8. Born To Lose

9. Memorabilia '91 (Extended Grid Remix - 12" Version)

10. Tainted Love '91 (Mendelsohn Remix - 12" Version)

11. Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91 (Mendelsohn Remix)

12. Where The Heart Is '91 (The Grid Remix)

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Track List: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Bonus Tracks)

1. Frustration

2. Tainted Love

3. Seedy Films

4. Youth

5. Sex Dwarf

6. Entertain Me

7. Chips On My Shoulder

8. Bedsitter

9. Secret Life

10. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (7" Single Version)

11. Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version)

12. Tainted Dub / Where Did Our Love Go?

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Track List: The Art Of Falling Apart

1. Forever The Same

2. Where The Heart Is

3. Numbers

4. Heat

5. Kitchen Sink Drama

6. Baby Doll

7. Loving You Hating Me

8. The Art Of Falling Apart

9. Martin

10. Hendrix Medley

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Track List: The Singles

1. Memorabilia (Single Version)

2. Tainted Love

3. Bedsitter

4. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (7" Single Version)

5. Torch (Original / 7" Single Version)

6. Loving You Hating Me

7. What?

8. Where The Heart Is (Original 7" Single Version)

9. Numbers (Single / Original Version)

10. Soul Inside (Single Version)

11. Down In The Subway (Extended Single Version)

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Track List: This Last Night In Sodom

1. Mr. Self Destruct

2. Slave To This

3. Little Rough Rhinestone

4. Meet Murder My Angel

5. The Best Way To Kill

6. L'Esqualita

7. Down In The Subway

8. Surrender To A Stranger

9. Soul Inside

10. Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)

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Track List: Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing

1. Memorabilia

2. Where Did Our Love Go?

3. What?

4. A Man Could Get Lost

5. Chips On My Shoulder (NSED)

6. Insecure Me (Extended Version)

7. Sex Dwarf

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Track List: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Frustration

2. Tainted Love

3. Seedy Films

4. Youth

5. Sex Dwarf

6. Entertain Me

7. Chips On My Shoulder

8. Bedsitter

9. Secret Life

10. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

11. Memorabilia (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)

12. Where Did Our Love Go? (Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)

13. What?

14. A Man Could Get Lost (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)

15. Chips On My Shoulder (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)

16. Sex Dwarf (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)

17. Torch

18. A Man Could Get Lost

Disc 2

1. Memorabilia (Extended Version)

2. Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (12")

3. Bedsitter (Extended Version)

4. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Extended Version)

5. Torch (Extended Version)

6. What! (Extended Version)

7. Persuasion

8. Facility Girls

9. Fun City

10. Insecure Me (Extended Version)

11. So

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Track List: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

1. Frustration

2. Tainted Love

3. Seedy Films

4. Youth

5. Sex Dwarf

6. Entertain Me

7. Chips On My Shoulder

8. Bedsitter

9. Secret Life

10. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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Soft Cell's best song? It's a Mug's Game. The funniest song ever
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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Howard Jones is one of my all time favorites
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I love this song Tainted love
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fiel225
I also love this interpretati o n from the Soft Cell based on the original from th e Supremes
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:) :) :)
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kelleylinda8 4 0
❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Cleaned up 2/14/17 Chains should be gone
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Rock music try Come in
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Love the mix both good songs
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Men at Work Victor Arias , Jerry Felony
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los angeles California 80 disco partys ,highland park , franklin high school
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it is long but I
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2 good songs in 1 wwhhatt!! They're both great
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So all my accusations pushed u to cheat wow same difference u still did it
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SO TRUE TO LIFE !! OH WELL YOU DID LIGHT A SPARK BRIAN ,, SO THE IDEA OF MY NIECE WHO HAS ALWAYS TEASED ME ABOUT MEETING SOME OF THEIR FRIENDS FATHERS AND FRIENDS ISNT SUCH A BAD IDEA AFTER ALL , JUST SOME ONE TO GO TO MOVIES , CONCERTS, PLAYS OR JUST OUT SOUNDS LIKE NOT SUCH A BAD IDEA AFTER ALL!! SO SOMETHING GOOD DID COME OUT OF ALL THIS AFTER ALL !!
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Man this hit came out same year I was born... 1981 baby!!!
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Song : tainted love - while trying to

explain a bike crew I hung out with

how riding a bike a lot causes a man's

prostate cancer / this song came up

and we just started laughing :/ huh ?
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Panty dropper
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Sry not in love with it especially after everything n try to shed crocodile tiers
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Long time ago new this lol
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Well yeah there ur messages
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gotta love Marc Almond.....w h a t a voice....
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I love this song
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What a brilliant song arrangement! Tainted Love and then Where Did Our Love Go! There's alway 2 sides to a break up...One just wants out and the other is still in Love. Classic! Love Stinks my friends!
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This song is a jewel for me I love it.
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looooooove this song
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Ahhh, the long version.,.
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Lovveee
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YESSSS!!!
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the 80s ruled what a time to be alive
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We all have a tainted love.. Unfortunatel y
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Where????? Ur asking me in m notes?? Lol reverse this songs question. Tag u it
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Hearts and love and I'm sorry
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Where did our love go ��
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Once I ran to u....now i runnnn
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Right runn I'm runnning
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Freaking aye........
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Coneheads brought me here.
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Great song��
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timeless song!!!!!!!
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lmao the fanfiction��
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cornerstone1 7 7
Tainted love, tainted subluxations , #Innate
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I like turtles
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Awesome song Tainted Love Baby Baby
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80's music at its best!! Love Pandora!!
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love the 80s
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80's baby
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