Purple Zone (single)

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Purple Zone
single by Soft Cell
and Pet Shop Boys
Cover design by James McWilliam
Released 6 May 2022
Recorded Billy The Cat's Studio
Dean St. Studios
Produced Philip Larsen
Soft Cell
Label BMG
Genre synth-pop
Format CD, 12"
Album *Happiness Not Included
Previous Bruises On All My Illusions
Next Nostalgia Machine

Purple Zone is a single by Soft Cell in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, from the studio album *Happiness Not Included. It was first released digitally in March 2022, followed by CD version in May alongside its album.

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Release[edit | edit source]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written and composed by Marc Almond, Dave Ball and Ricardo Mullhall, except where noted. 

CD version
No.TitleArtistLength
1. Purple Zone(Single Version)Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys 3:11
2. “Purple Zone” (Pet Shop Boys Extended Mix)Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys 6:04
3. “Purple Zone” (Manhattan Clique Remix)Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys 5:56
4. “The Day The World Turned Day-Glo” (wr.: Poly Styrene)Soft Cell 2:55

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Artwork[edit | edit source]

Like most of *Happiness Not Included releases, cover image of Purple Zone features abandoned Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, where Chernobyl nuclear plant is located. This time only black front silhouette of it is seen, with starry night sky in purple hues behind it and bright pink ‘Soft Cell’ logo at the top. The back cover with information has plain pink background and posterized image of unknown structure in the corner. Same artwork goes for digital single, while vinyl and remix versions have blue and purple accents instead of pink. The design is credited to James McWilliam, the Ferris wheel idea by Chris Smith, photographer is unknown.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

12" vinyl[edit | edit source]

The 12" version of the single on black vinyl differs from CD – it features only title track and its remixes by Pet Shop Boys. Because of vinyl production delays it was released in November 2022, however digital single for streaming platforms, released with the music video in March, shares the same tracklist.

No.TitleLength
1. “Purple Zone” (Single Version) 3:11
2. “Purple Zone” (Pet Shop Boys Extended Mix) 6:01
3. “Purple Zone” (Pet Shop Boys Club Mix) 6:13
4. “Purple Zone” (Pet Shop Boys Club Dub) 6:13

The Remixes[edit | edit source]

Digital single Purple Zone: The Remixes was announced on May 14th. It contains new remixes by Manhattan Clique and Hercules And Love Affair, and came out in June 1, 2022.[1]

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