Keychains And Snowstorms: The Singles

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Keychains And Snowstorms:
The Singles
compilation of Soft Cell
Cover photograph by David Chambers
Released 28 September 2018
Label Universal
Genre synth-pop, new wave
Format CD
Related Keychains And Snowstorms (box set)
Northern Lights / Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)
Keychains And Snowstorms: The Singles is a compilation of single releases by Soft Cell, released on September 2018.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Aside from classic single tracks, that appeared on previous compilations, Keychains And Snowstorms includes new picks:

  • Sex Dwarf” – got a single release only in 2016, as a Record Store Day single[1]
  • “Insecure Me” – was originally planned to be an AA side of Torch[1]
  • “Divided Soul” – also was planned to be a single, but didn't make it[1]
  • “Northern Lights” and “Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)” – from new double-A single released the same day; both tracks didn't make into associated box set due to manufacturing times[2]

Release[edit | edit source]

The CD compilation was announced on 21th August 2018, along with new single, Northern Lights / Guilty (Cos I Say You Are).[3][4] It was released on 28 September, along with aforementioned single release and a remix EP.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written and composed by Marc Almond and David Ball, except where noted. 

1. Memorabilia”    4:49
2. Tainted Love”  Ed Cobb 2:41
3. Where Did Our Love Go?”  Holland / Dozier / Holland 3:14
4. Bedsitter”    3:35
5. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”    5:26
6. Sex Dwarf”    5:12
7. “Torch”    4:06
8. “Insecure Me” (Edit)  4:40
9. “What!”  H. B. Barnum 2:50
10. “Where The Heart Is”    4:32
11. “Number” (Edit)  3:32
12. “Barriers” (Edit)  5:22
13. “Loving You, Hating Me”    3:03
14. Soul Inside”    4:27
15. “Down In The Subway”  Jack Hammer 2:51
16. “Divided Soul”    4:05
17. “Monoculture”    3:55
18. “The Night”  A. Ruzicka, B. Gaudio 4:16
19. “Northern Lights”    4:21
20. “Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)”    4:18

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Synthesizer, Guitar – David Ball
  • Vocals, Percussion – Marc Almond
  • Production
    • Daniel Miller (1)
    • Mike Thorne (2–15)*
    • Soft Cell (14–15)**
    • Dave Ball (16–20)**
    • Ingo Vauk (16–18)**
    • Riccardo Mulhall (19–20)**
  • Compiled by – Chris Smith
  • Booklet edited by – Gerard Forde
  • Sleeve notes by – Simon Goddard
  • Management – Chris Smith, Mark Langthorne

* Possible error in notes since Mike Thorne wasn't working on “Soul Inside” and “Down In The Subway” tracks (14–15)
** Listed producers aren't credited in this compilation, except for Ingo Vauk on “Divided Soul” (16)

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Art Direction and design by Philip Marshall. Outer covers feature photographs of neon signs glowing in the dark by David Chambers: ‘Soft Cell’ and neon Revox on front, ‘Marc Almond’ and ‘Dave Ball’ on back.

Inner booklet features various photographs of the duo by Peter Ashworth and Mike Owen.

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart Peak position Peaked at Weeks
UK – Albums Top 100 34 11/10/2018 2
Scotland – Albums Top 100 30 11/10/2018 5

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Like other 2018 releases, celebrating 40th anniversary since formation of Soft Cell, Keychains And Snowstorms has got its name after a line from “Memorabilia” song.

References[edit | edit source]

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