Bruises On All My Illusions (song)

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Bruises On All My Illusions
Track by Soft Cell
Year 2020
Recorded Orange Girl Studio
Dean Street Studios
Written Marc Almond
Composed David Ball
Jon Savage
Produced Soft Cell
Philip Larsen
Genre synth-pop
Single Bruises On All My Illusions
Album *Happiness Not Included
Also in Bruises On All My Illusions (EP)
“Bruises On All My Illusions” is a song by Soft Cell, released as first proper single from their 2022 studio album *Happiness Not Included.

Origin[edit | edit source]

Record and release[edit | edit source]

“Bruises On All My Illusions” was the second song revealed from new album, released as digital single on streaming platforms in 7 October 2021, with announcement of associated physical releases: single and remix EP of the same name.[1][2] The single came out in February 2022.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

Remixes[edit | edit source]

Remixes by Manhattan Clique and The Grid were announced with Bruises On All My Illusions releases.[1] One came out in February 2022 on CD, alongside original album version, while another followed in July on vinyl with remixes of other songs. All remixes were later included on *Happiness Now Digital USB collection in 2024.

Edit[edit | edit source]

After *Happiness Not Included release, a radio edit of the song was announced to appear on Nostalgia Machine CD single;[3] it came out in November 2022. It later appeared on *Happiness Now Completed compilation of bonus material, then on *Happiness Now Digital alongside other versions of the song.

Live[edit | edit source]

Soft Cell started performing “Bruises On All My Illusions” live before album's release, on 2021 concert tour celebrating 40th anniversary of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. A recording from final show in London was released in 2023 with Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret... And Other Stories: Live releases, then later included on *Happiness Now Digital collection.

Extended[edit | edit source]

An extended mix by Dave Ball was released in July 2023 on *Happiness Now Extended compilation; unlike other versions of the song it stays exclusive to this release.

Instrumental[edit | edit source]

An instrumental version was announced with *Happiness Now Digital USB collection, set for release in January 2024.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Written-By (lyrics), vocals – Marc Almond
  • Written-By (music), programming, instruments – David Ball, Jon Savage
  • Recording – Jon Savage
  • Production – Soft Cell, Philip Larsen

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

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Written by Marc Almond

Lyric video[edit | edit source]

Lyric video of “Bruises On All My Illusions” was published on Soft Cell's official Facebook page in 2 November 2021,[4] and unlike the rest lyric videos from *Happiness Not Included, it doesn't appear on duo's official YouTube channel. The video was created by Ewan McWilliam,[?] it features footage taken in fun fair at unknown locations, in a variety of bright color effects.

Availability[edit | edit source]

“Bruises On All My Illusions” appears on following records.

Official releases

Year Title Type Version
2022 Bruises On All My Illusions Single Original
*Happiness Not Included Album Original
Bruises On All My Illusions EP Remix
Nostalgia Machine EP Edit
2023 *Happiness Now Extended Compilation Extended
*Happiness Now Completed Compilation Edit
2024 *Happiness Now Digital Other Original

Original version of the song is also available on streaming platforms.

Listen[edit | edit source]

Official uploads on YouTube

Bruises On All My Illusions []

Soft Cell - Bruises On All My Illusions (Official Audio) []
Version with visuals

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The song and associated releases 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.

References[edit | edit source]

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