Soft Cellis a synth pop duo which was formed in the early 1980's by Marc Almond (vocalist), amd david Ball (synthesizers). Their songs were often about love and romance and also the darker side of life. The duo was very popular in 1981, with their big hit, a cover version of, Tainted Love. The two met at the Leeds Polytechnic Fine Arts University, which is now the Leeds Metropolitan University. Almond worked with Ball on a few multi media performances and the two created Soft Cell. The duo borrowed $2,000 from Dave Ball’s mother and recorded an EP called, Mutant Moments in 1980. There were only 2,000 vinyl copies made of the record and it is now a highly sought after collector’s item. The duo’s early performances and EP caught the attention of some record labels. They signed with Mute Records and released the singles, A Man Can Get Lost 7, and Memorabilia 12. They were a club hit.
In 1981, Soft Cell, released their song called, Tainted Love, and it became a number 1 hit in seventeen countries, and number 8 in the U. S., in 1982. The single set a record in the Guiness Book of World Records for staying on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for 43 weeks. In 1982, the duo spent most of the year in New York City recording and relaxing. While there, they met a woman called, Cindy Ecstacy, and she introduced them to the club drug called Ecstacy. The duo claims that most of their Ecstatic Dancing was recorded while they were under the influence of ecstasy. By 1983 they split up but decided to release one more album before they did. They called the album, The Last Night In Sodom. The album was a critical success but it was a commercial flop.
Soft Cell reunited in 2001 and they performed at the opening of the Ocean nightclub in London. They went on a tour the following year. They released their album, Cruelty Without Beauty, in 2003 and the album consisted of new songs which were their first together in twenty years. One of their singles called, The Night, reached number 39 in the U. K.. In August, 2007, it was announced that they were working on a remix album and it was to be released in October, 2007. The album include performances by Manhattan Clique, Cicada, Richard X, Ladytron, MHC, Mark Moore, Kinky Roland, Spektrum, George Demure, Yer Man, and others.
Soft Cell released a total of 5 live albums, 10 compilations, 2 Eps. 16 singles, and 2 music video/DVDs during their career so far. Time will tell how many more songs they will release.
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