483. Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
2. Tainted Love
3. Seedy Films
5. Sex Dwarf
6. Entertain Me
7. Chips on My Shoulder
9. Secret Life
10. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Well, I came at this sceptically, knowing little more than Tainted Love and Sex Dwarf, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised, hell more than that, I fucking loved it. I did, so sorry Sara for never paying much attention when you get on Marc Almond mode, I will now pay attention.
This is just the seediest coolest, sexual apocalyptic music. Well it actually sounds like the kind of world I'd like to live in which is quite accurately described in the album title. The album does sound like a non-stop erotic cabaret, few titles have ever been as accurate.
The music is synthpop used the way it should, to create a sense of artificiality and "futureness" (new word!) which really fits the environment of neon-lights, clubs and sex dwarves. Then the lyrics are all fucking brilliant, it is a very much NSFW album but who gives a shit anyway? Working is for the weak!
1. Sex Dwarf
2. Tainted Love
3. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
4. Secret Life
Soft Cell were and are, in some ways, more famous for their singles than for their full-length albums. Many of their most acclaimed songs (including "Torch" and "Where Did Our Love Go?") do not appear on their LP releases. An example of this is "Tainted Love," which, when originally recorded, was over eight minutes long because it gradually segued into "Where Did Our Love Go?" After it was recorded, the session was split into two different songs, with "Where Did Our Love Go?" only being listenable as the B-side to "Tainted Love" or on the full eight-minute cut, which was sold as a 12-inch single. As a result, many of their singles have become quite valuable. Their first release, the single "Memorabilia" b/w "A Man Could Get Lost" may fetch prices as high as $85 (approximately £50), because the original version was for many years unavailable on CD (although a remix appears on their 1982 release Non-stop Ecstatic Dancing).
Sex Dwarf, live at the Old Grey Whistle Test in the absence of the great original video, which you should look for: