Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing
Soft Cell, formed in Leeds in 1980, are a synth-pop duo comprising of art students Marc Almond and Dave Ball. 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, ‘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 notoriety, the duo reinventing the already well-known track as a hypnotic electronic dirge which 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 hinted at the internal problems between the duo. Prior to the release of 1984's ‘This Last Night in Sodom, Soft Cell’, they had already broken up.
Almond immediately formed the electro-soul unit Marc and the Mambas; another group, Marc Almond and 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.
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