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Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album. Marc Almond has also had a fairly high profile solo career including a number one hit in collaboration with Music/GenePitney, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart". The band played what is widely believed to be their farewell concert "Say Hello/Wave Goodbye" at the London O2 on the 30th of September 2018 though they have not officially broken up permanently.

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Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album. Marc Almond has also had a fairly high profile solo career including a number one hit in collaboration with Music/GenePitney, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart". The band played what is widely believed to be their farewell concert "Say Hello/Wave Goodbye" at the London O2 on the 30th of September 2018 though they have not officially broken up permanently.
permanently; as of 2019 they are working on a new album but do not plan to do large-scale tours.




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* ''The Bedsit Tapes'' (2005) (compilation of early amateur recordings)



* CoverVersion: "Tainted Love", of course, but they also covered "Where Did Our Love Go" by Music/TheSupremes, "The Night" by The Four Seasons and "What?" by Judy Street.

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* CoverVersion: "Tainted Love", of course, but they also covered "Where Did Our Love Go" by Music/TheSupremes, "The Night" by The Four Seasons and "What?" by Judy Street. Prior to getting a record contract they also recorded a cover of [[Music/BlackSabbath "Paranoid"]].


* ClubKid: The narrator "Bedsitter" lives so much for the clubbing lifestyle that he has no money to buy food.

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* ClubKid: The narrator of "Bedsitter" lives so much for the clubbing lifestyle nightlife that he has no money to buy food.food after spending it all going clubbing.


* ClubKid: "Bedsitter".

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* ClubKid: "Bedsitter".The narrator "Bedsitter" lives so much for the clubbing lifestyle that he has no money to buy food.

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* DepravedBisexual: The protagonist in "Sex Dwarf". At one point he alludes to having a foursome with the sex dwarf, a "disco dolly", and [[RunningGag his dumb chauffeur]].


Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album. Marc Almond has also had a fairly high profile solo career including a number one hit in collaboration with Music/GenePitney, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart".

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Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album. Marc Almond has also had a fairly high profile solo career including a number one hit in collaboration with Music/GenePitney, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart".
Heart". The band played what is widely believed to be their farewell concert "Say Hello/Wave Goodbye" at the London O2 on the 30th of September 2018 though they have not officially broken up permanently.


* AuthorExistenceFailure. Almond came close in 2004 after a serious motorcycle accident, spending two weeks in a coma and suffering very serious injuries.


Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album.

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Consisting of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (keyboards), Soft Cell were an English synthpop duo who rose to prominence in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones' song "Tainted Love". While their first album ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'' was a success (ranked at #5 on the UK charts), the duo only lasted three more years, releasing three more albums in that time. However, the breakup was amiable, and the duo reformed in 2001, went on tour together and released one more album in 2002. Since then, they have released several compilation albums (mostly consisting of previously-unreleased songs) and a remix album. \n Marc Almond has also had a fairly high profile solo career including a number one hit in collaboration with Music/GenePitney, "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart".


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* AuthorExistenceFailure. Almond came close in 2004 after a serious motorcycle accident, spending two weeks in a coma and suffering very serious injuries.

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* TheCorrupter: The "protagonist" in "Sex Dwarf", given his repeated lines about "Luring disco dollys to a life of vice."


* PainfulRhyme: "Secret Life" rhymes 'life' with 'life'.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The protagonist of "Secret Life" says that he might abandon his life and run somewhere new to start over, after being blackmailed by a former lover.


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* SillyLoveSongs: "Torch".

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* PainfulRhyme: "Secret Life" rhymes 'life' with 'life'.


* LyricalDissonance: And how. "Secret Life", "Where The Heart Is", "Numbers", "Down In The Subway" "What?" "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye", the list goes on.

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* LyricalDissonance: And how. "Secret Life", "Where The Heart Is", "Numbers", "Down In The Subway" "What?" "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye", the extended version of "Facility Girls", the list goes on.


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* RealityEnsues: After years of verbal and emotional abuse, the protagonist of "Where The Heart Is" inevitably turns away from their family and starts going out late and slipping the leash. Their parents finally start giving a fuck, but it's far too late.

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: Hooh boy - "Sex Dwarf", even by modern standards, is a ''very'' no holds barred song about BDSM. In 1981 the screams of the MoralGuardians could be heard from miles away.
-->''I would like you on a long black leash,\\
I will parade you down the high streets,\\
You've got the attraction , you've got the pulling power,\\
Walk my doggie, walk my little sex dwarf!''


* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Gender-flipped in "Say Hello Wave Goodbye": After the end of a stormy affair, Almond expresses his desire for

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Gender-flipped in "Say Hello Wave Goodbye": After the end of a stormy affair, Almond expresses his desire for for:


-->''"A nice little house wife,\\

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-->''"A -->''A nice little house wife,\\



And won't keep going off the rails"''

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And won't keep going off the rails"''rails.''


--> A nice little house wife\\
Who'll give me a steady life\\
And won't keep going off the rails

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--> A -->''"A nice little house wife\\
wife,\\
Who'll give me a steady life\\
life,\\
And won't keep going off the railsrails"''

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