Nostalgia Machine (single)

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Nostalgia Machine
single by Soft Cell
Cover design by James McWilliam
Released 25 November 2022
Label BMG
Genre synth-pop
Format 12"
Album *Happiness Not Included
Previous Purple Zone
Next Last Chance (Christmas Mix) / Light Sleepers
Related Nostalgia Machine (EP)

Nostalgia Machine is a single by Soft Cell from their studio album *Happiness Not Included, released in November 2022.

Recording[edit | edit source]

All song were originally recorded in 2020 for the album during quarantine lockdowns − Marc Almond and Dave Ball worked on vocals and music separately.[1] Due to popular demand to release original, Soft Cell only version of “Purple Zone”, Ball made an extended mix for this vinyl single.[2]

Release[edit | edit source]

Nostalgia Machine and its sister CD release were announced on June 10, 2022, nearly a month after the release of the album.[2][3] Due to delays of vinyl production, the single was planned to be released at much later date than CD, January 2023,[4] but in the end both versions came out on 25 November 2022.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All lyrics written by Marc Almond, all music composed by Dave Ball and Ricardo Mulhall.

No.TitleLength
1. Nostalgia Machine(Full Length Version) 6:55
2. “Nostalgia Machine” (Extended Dub Mix) 6:55
3. Purple Zone(Original Dave Ball Extended Version) 5:37
4. “Happy Happy Happy” (Extended Version) 6:53

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Written-By (lyrics), vocals – Marc Almond
  • Written-By (music) – David Ball, Ricardo Mulhall
  • Production – Soft Cell, Philip Larsen
  • Recordings (vocals) – Jonny Solway

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Continuing the theme of decay of human created structures from previous *Happiness Not Included cover artworks, Nostalgia Machine features slightly tarnished and vandalized Futuro house at unknown location. The color edit this time is mostly in red and orange, with addition of starry sky background with planets. The back cover in beige shades features a posterized photo of a bronze bust of Yuri Gagarin.[5] Photographers are unknown, design by James McWilliam, concept credited to Chris Smith.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

Digital single Nostalgia Machine: The Remixes contains various remixes of the title song and features alternate artwork, with red sky replaced by deep blue. It was announced in July 2023[6][7] and came out on streaming platforms on 8 September.[8]

No.TitleLength
1. “Nostalgia Machine” (Hifi Sean Extended Remix) 5:56
2. “Nostalgia Machine” (Hifi Sean Dub) 5:45
3. “Nostalgia Machine” (Hifi Sean Remix Edit) 2:42
4. “Nostalgia Machine” (Wally Funk Remix) 6:52
5. “Nostalgia Machine” (Wally Funk Remix) 6:52
6. “Nostalgia Machine” (Full Length) 6:56
7. “Nostalgia Machine” (Manhattan Clique Dub Remix) 6:56
8. “Nostalgia Machine” (2023 Radio Edit) 2:59

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