Soft Cell

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Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the late 1970s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of "Tainted Love" (#8 US) and 1981 debut album entitled Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, they had ten Top 40 hits including "Tainted Love" (#1 UK), "Torch" (#2 UK), "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (#3 UK), "What!" (#3 UK), and "Bedsitter" (#4 UK), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split but reformed in 2001 to tour and record new material, releasing their fifth studio album, Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002.

Soft Cell's songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, and A-ha. Their track, "Memorabilia", earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre. The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell 10
1983 The Art of Falling Apart Soft Cell 7
1984 This Last Night in Sodom Soft Cell 6
1987 Pink Culture Marc Almond & Soft Cell 1
2002 Cruelty Without Beauty Soft Cell 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Singles Soft Cell 2
1991 Memorabilia: The Singles Soft Cell / Marc Almond 2
1992 The Twelve Inch Singles Soft Cell 3
1994 Down in the Subway Soft Cell 1
1999 Say Hello to Soft Cell Soft Cell 1
2002 The Very Best of Soft Cell Soft Cell 2
2005 The Bedsit Tapes Soft Cell 1
2006 The Best of Soft Cell Soft Cell 1
2006 The Hits Soft Cell 1
2006 Demo Non Stop Soft Cell 1
12inch Mixes Soft Cell 1
Science Fiction Stories Soft Cell 1
The Twelve Inch Singles Collection Soft Cell 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: Live Soft Cell 2
2003 At the BBC Soft Cell 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing Soft Cell 5
2008 Heat: The Remixes Soft Cell 1
2010 Tainted Love (Re-Recorded / Remastered) - The Remixes Soft Cell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7
1981 Bedsitter Soft Cell 1
1981 Memorabilia Soft Cell 1
1981 Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go? Soft Cell 6
1982 Torch Soft Cell 2
1983 Soul Inside Soft Cell 1
1983 Heat Soft Cell 1
1984 Down in the Subway Soft Cell 1
1990 What! Soft Cell 1
1991 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91 Soft Cell / Marc Almond 2
1999 Tainted Love Soft Cell vs. Club 69 2 1
2002 Monoculture Soft Cell 2
2007 Heat: The Remixes Soft Cell 1
Numbers Soft Cell 1
Say Hello Wave Goodbye Soft Cell 1
Where the Heart Is Soft Cell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Mutant Moments EP Soft Cell 1

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