Bruises On All My Illusions (single)

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Bruises On All My Illusions
single by Soft Cell
Cover design by James McWilliam
Released 18 February 2022
Produced Soft Cell
Philip Larsen
Label BMG
Genre synth-pop
Format CD
Album *Happiness Not Included
Previous *Happiness Not Included / Bruises On All My Illusions
Next Purple Zone
Related Bruises On All My Illusions (EP)
Bruises On All My Illusions is the first single by Soft Cell from their 2022 studio album *Happiness Not Included, released in February 2022.

Recording[edit | edit source]

As noted with album announce, *Happiness Not Included was recorded during 2020 lockdowns, with Dave Ball and Marc Almond working separately on music and lyrics in different studios.

Release[edit | edit source]

Both CD single and vinyl EP were announced on 7 October, 2021, with the title song being available as digital single.[1][2] Initial date of CD release was stated to be 26th November,[3] but due to manufacturing delays it was postponed to February 2022,[4] with ‘B-side’ track “Vapourise” getting early digital release on December 17th.[5][6] The single was out in February 18th.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All lyrics written by Marc Almond, all music composed by Dave Ball.
No.TitleAdditional writingLength
1. Bruises On All My Illusions(Album version)John Savage 4:45
2. “Bruises On All My Illusions” (Manhattan Clique remix)John Savage 7:06
3. Vapourise(Dave Ball extended version)Ricardo Mulhall 6:35
4. Heart Like Chernobyl(Dave Ball extended version)  6:12

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Written-By (lyrics), vocals – Marc Almond
  • Written-By (music) – David Ball, John Savage (1, 2), Ricardo Mulhall (3)
  • Synthesizer – David Ball
  • Synthesizer, drum programming – Philip Larsen (4)
  • Production – Soft Cell, Philip Larsen
  • Remix, additional production – David Ball (3, 4), Philip Larsen (2-4), Chris Smith (2)
  • Sound engineering, mastering – Barry Grint
  • Executive production – Mark Langthorne, Chris Smith

Other version[edit | edit source]

Digital version of the single consisting of two tracks – original versions of “Bruises On All My Illusions” and “Vapourise”, appeared on streaming platforms on December 17th, with reveal of the latter track.[5][6]

1. “Bruises On All My Illusions”   4:46
2. “Vapourise”   5:05

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Like most of *Happiness Not Included releases, cover image of Bruises On All My Illusions features abandoned Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, where Chernobyl nuclear plant is located. This time the recolored photograph focuses closer on cabins of the wheel. Same artwork goes for digital single and vinyl EP. The design is credited to James McWilliam, idea by Chris Smith, photographer is unknown.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Both song and singles were initially announced as “Bruises On My Illusions”[1][2] – Marc Almond pointed out the error in titles on his and Soft Cell's official Instagram pages, which later was fixed.

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