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Track by Soft Cell
Year 1980
Written David Ball
Composed David Ball
Produced Soft Cell
Genre post punk, minimal wave
From Mutant Moments
Also in The Bedsit Tapes
“Potential” is a song by Soft Cell, from their debut 1980 release Mutant Moments EP.

Origin[edit | edit source]

“Potential” is one of the songs fully written by David Ball during his early years in Leeds Polytechnic.[1]

Record and release[edit | edit source]

The duo was performing “Potential” on their early live shows, particularly at their first festival appearance on Futurama 2.[1] In 1980 it was recorded at Leeds Polytechnic's studio for their debut record Mutant Moments EP.[2]

The track later appears in 2005 on The Bedsit Tapes compilation with other early Soft Cell demos, then in 2018 on Keychains And Snowstorms box set as remaster.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Written by David Ball

Potential (x3)

A child in the playground
The woman on the bus
The man in the motor car
Or anyone of us
A youth on a motorbike
The old man in the park
The girl at the window
The footsteps in the dark

We have got the potential
We could be anything
We have got the potential
We could do anything

Behind closed doors
Behind the facade
The memories of a certain man
Are never, never, never too far
You can see him in the window
Sitting in his place
Take another look
You might recognize his face


Do you think we've got the potential?
We have got the potential
We have got the potential
We have got the potential
Potential (x5)

Availability[edit | edit source]

“Potential” appears on following records.

Official releases

Year Title Format
1980 Mutant Moments EP
2005 The Bedsit Tapes Compilation
2018 Keychains And Snowstorms Box set


Title Format Version
Futurama Album Live
The Live And Studio Adventures Of Soft Cell Compilation Original
Science Fiction Stories (CD) Compilation Original

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

Listen[edit | edit source]

Official uploads on YouTube

Potential (From Mutant Moments EP) []

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tainted Life (autobiography by Marc Almond)
  2. SOFT CELL Interview - The Electricity Club (Interview with Dave Ball). Chi Ming Lai. 18 August 2018. (electricityclub.co.uk)  archived
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