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MUSIC - TOP 40
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SMITHEREENS, THE
SMITHS, THE
SOFT CELL
SPANDAU BALLET
SPINNERS, THE
STARSHIP
STEEL BREEZE
STEELY DAN
STEPHEN BISHOP
STEVE PERRY
STEVE WINWOOD
STEVIE NICKS
STEVIE WONDER
STING
STRAY CATS
STYX (ROCK)
SURVIVOR
SUZANNE VEGA
SYLVIA
TACO
TALKING HEADS
TAYLOR DAYNE
TEARS FOR FEARS
TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY
THE CALL
THE CARS (ROCK)
THE OUTFIELD (ROCK)
THOMAS DOLBY
THOMPSON TWINS

Soft Cell - Top 40
 

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Soft Cell was a British synthpop duo that consisted of vocalist Marc Almond and David Ball.  Although they were more successful in the UK than the USA, those of you in the USA will still recognize them (read on).  The duo formed in the late 70's, essentially self-producing and releasing an EP on vinyl that is very collectible.  Although their first few singles releases did not fair well, on of their early songs, called "Memorabilia", became a club hit.

Just before their label was about to drop them, Soft Cell was given one last change to produce a hit.  They essentially took a little-known Gloria Jones song from 1965 called "Tainted Love", and re-worked it and made it their own.  The song was an international hit, actually setting a Guinness World Record for longest song on the Billboard Hot 100 (43 weeks).  The song was ultimately released on their album  Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981), which also featured the hit songs "Bedsitter" and "Say Hello Wave Goodbye".  In between this album release and their 1982 release, Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing, the duo released another very successful non-album single called "Torch".  "What" was a hit song from their 1982 release, and the hit songs "Where the Heart Is" and "Numbers/Barriers" were released on The Art fof Falling Part (1983).

After another modest hit was released, ""Soul Inside", and their final album was released, This Last Night in Sodom (1984), Soft Cell was through.  Drugs had taken their toll.  The duo did remain in touch, however, as both worked on solo careers, and in 2001, the two re-united for new live shows and a new album (Cruelty without Beauty).  Soft Cell was known to be active late into the 2000's.  The Soft Cell Discography is as follows:

  • 1980: Mutant Moments
  • 1981: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
  • 1982: Non-stop Ecstatic Dancing
  • 1982: The Twelve Inch Singles Boxset
  • 1983: The Art of Falling Apart
  • 1984: This Last Night in Sodom
  • 1986: The Singles
  • 1986: The Singles
  • 1991: Memorabilia The Singles
  • 1991: Memorabilia The Singles
  • 1994: Down in the Subway
  • 1996: Say Hello to Soft Cell
  • 1998: Master Series
  • 2001: The Twelve Inch Singles
  • 2002: The Very Best of Soft Cell
  • 2002: The Very Best of Soft Cell
  • 2002: Cruelty Without Beauty
  • 2003: Live
  • 2003: European tour
  • 2003: Soft Cell at the BBC Label: Strange Fruit Live sessions in 19811983
  • 2005: The Bedsit Tapes
  • 2006: Demo Non Stop
  • 2006: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Soft Cell
  • 2008: Heat: The Remixes
  • 1981
    Non-Stop Erotic. . .
    Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

    TAINTED LOVE:
    [chorus] Once I ran to you (I ran), Now I'll run from you, This tainted love you've given, I give you all a boy could give you, Take my tears and that's not nearly all, Oh...tainted love, Tainted love [etc]

    1981
    Box Set
    Soft Cell The Twelve Inch Singles Box Set

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