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Album Review

While it has some mediocre moments, this tense, quirky release also has some magnificent outings, including the epic "Martin" (based on the obscure George Romero psycho/vampire movie), a cut that was originally included on a bonus 12", and the relentless title cut. Not as cheap or sleazy in its sound as Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, the album was still prone to melodramatic writing and performance. By all means, miss the "Hendrix Medley," another bonus cut.

Customer Reviews

Classic!

Classic Soft Cell album; dark, sometimes sleazy & seedy.

Dark electro pop masterpiece

Much as we loved Dare, this was electronic pop with a darker edge. Fantastic music with Almonds best lyrics. Essential.

darren rhodes

Has there ever been a better cover version of Hey Joe???

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Leeds, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Art students Marc Almond and Dave Ball formed Soft Cell, a synth pop duo famed for its uniquely sleazy electronic sound, in Leeds, England in 1980. 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 titled Mutant Moments brought the duo to the attention of Some Bizzare label head Stevo, who enlisted Daniel...
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