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compilation of Dave Ball
Released 25 June 2020
Label A Big Frock Rekord
Genre synth-pop, new wave, house, leftfield, experimental
Format CD, memory stick
Related Deluxe EP 2020
Electronic Boy
1979–2019 is a compilation of Dave Ball, released on June 2020 as part of limited Deluxe box set edition of his book Electronic Boy.

Overview[edit | edit source]

As the title of compilation suggests, it's a retrospective of Dave Ball's musical carrier spanning in 40 years, between 1979 and 2019. It contains tracks that are related to Ball, in terms of writing, composing, arrangement, performance or remixing, including being a part of bands such as Soft Cell or The Grid. The final track, “Nighthawks”, is the newest one and was written and recorded especially for Electronic Boy box set.[1]

Release[edit | edit source]

The CD and its sister 7″ EP were released under A Big Frock Rekord label, within limited Deluxe box set edition (about 500 copies)[1] of Dave Ball's autobiography Electronic Boy on 25 June 2020. The EP contains 3 tracks off this compilation – two Soft Cell demos and brand new track, which are exclusive to both releases and don't appear anywhere else.

In 2021 the CDs, in limited quantities, started to be sold separately from box set on Soft Cell affiliated eBay account[?] and web store.[2] In 2023 remaining signed copies of the book appeared to be sold on official Soft Cell web site with USB memory sticks containing all tracks from the compilation.[3]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All featured tracks in this compilation are written, composed or remixed by Dave Ball, himself or in collaboration.

1. And My Last Breath”   Soft Cell 2:41
2. Art Student (You're So Chic)”  Dave BallSoft Cell 3:17
3. “Art Student (Pt 2)”  Dave BallSoft Cell 1:37
4. “Tupperware Party 2018” (Instrumental) Soft Cell 3:11
5. “Seedy Films” (Instrumental) Soft Cell 5:10
6. “Strict Tempo” (feat. Gavin Friday)Dave Ball, Gavin FridayDave Ball 3:44
7. “Sex Vigilante” (Single Version) English Boy On The Loveranch 4:57
8. “Money For E” (Dave Ball Remix) Psychic TV 5:20
9. “Flotation” (Special Request Remix, Richard Norris Edit) The Grid 6:52
10. “Wir Brauchen Dich, No. 6” (Gel Remix) Faust 7:27
11. “Aquarium”   The Grid 6:08
12. “Am I Right” (The Grid Remix) Erasure 6:52
13. “Useless Man” (The Grid Remix) Minty 7:03
14. “Repetition” (Dave Ball vocal version)David BowieNitewreckage 3:14
15. Back To Nature(Dave Ball Vocal Version)Frank ToveySoft Cell 2:14
16. Nighthawks(*) Dave Ball 7:42

* The final track contains hidden bonus song: “Nighthawks” lasts for 3:41 and is followed by silence, then at 5:58 starts extended edit of Dave Ball's vocal version of Soft Cell's “Cleansing Fanatic” demo.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Compiled – Chris Smith

Artwork[edit | edit source]

The CD is contained in a simple carton sleeve. The track list is printed on separate paper sheet with notes on each track. The sleeve and CD itself replicate the appearance of box set: against plain black background, a logotype of analog VU meter with stylized ‘daveBall’ name replacing standard ‘VU’; the stylization is an obvious node to Decibel (dB) unit. Underneath the logo is ‘1979–2019’ title. The author of design is unknown.

References[edit | edit source]

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