Soft Cell discography

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Soft Cell discography
Studio albums 5
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 12
EPs and mini-albums 14
Singles 35
Box sets 6
Other 6
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Soft Cell are an English electronic music duo, formed in Leeds in 1978, by vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. Their debut record was self-produced EP Mutant Moments released in 1980, which brought attention of their future manager Stevo, who soon after gave them bigger public exposure with Some Bizzare Album compilation in 1981.

Soft Cell gained world-wide success with their second single Tainted Love, which got to high chart positions in 1981 and 1982 across 17 countries. The following debut studio album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret will put the duo on serious pop stardom. Since 1981 and until their first disband in 1984, Soft Cell released 3 studio albums, 2 mini-albums and 12 singles, all on Some Bizzare label with Phonogram Records.

In 2000 Soft Cell reunited and released 4th studio album in 2002, accompanied by 2 singles and later followed by duo's first live album in 2003. At the same time a remix single and a “best of” compilation were released.

2004 marked second disband of Soft Cell, which ended by 2017, towards duo's 40th anniversary in 2018. That year saw the release of definitive box set release, new single, new compilation of singles, several new tracks and an one-off “final” concert. The recording of the show followed in 2019 in variety of formats and new studio EP.

In the separation time a variety of singles and compilations were released, which included re-recorded tracks, remixes and demos.

Since 2019 Ball and Almond been mentioning that they are working on new, 5th studio album, which eventually was released in May 2022 as *Happiness Not Included. It later was followed by new live recordings and definitive reissues celebrating duo's debut album crossing its 40th anniversary.

Albums[edit | edit source]

Studio albums[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Peak chart position Status Label
1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret LP, CS / CD, BD
5 22 55
2 34 7
23 19 25
Some Bizzare
1983 The Art Of Falling Apart LP, CS / CD
5 85
82 43
1984 This Last Night In Sodom LP, CS / CD 12
2002 Cruelty Without Beauty CD, CS / LP, USB 116 Cooking Vinyl
2022 *Happiness Not Included LP, CD, CS BMG

Live albums[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Peak chart position Notes Label
2003 Live 2xCD 2003 European tour Cooking Vinyl
2019 Say Hello Wave Goodbye: The O2 London 4xLP, 2xCD
95 11
18 38
2018 farewell live show Live Here Now
2023 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret... And Other Stories: Live 3xLP, 4xLP, 2xCD 2021 UK tour

Compilation albums[edit | edit source]

Note: this section doesn't include generic (budget) compilations, and prioritizes appearance of unique content or direct involvement of artists.

Year Title Format Peak chart position Notes Label
1986 The Singles LP, CD, CS
58 54
Single tracks (A) Some Bizzare
1991 Memorabilia: The Singles LP, CD, CS
8 40
Rerecordings and solo Marc Almond tracks
2002 The Very Best of Soft Cell CD, CS
37 63
Greatest hits album with new exclusive tracks
Some Bizzare
2003 At The BBC CD 1981-1983 BBC radio sessions, includes video tracks Strange Fruit
2005 The Bedsit Tapes CD 1978–1981 demo recordings Some Bizzare
2006 Demo Non Stop CD
2008 Heat: The Remixes 2xCD Remixes Some Bizzare
2017 Hits & Pieces: The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell 2xLP, CD, 2xCD
7 5
134
With Marc Almond solo tracks Universal
2018 Keychains And Snowstorms: The Singles CD
34 30
Single tracks (A, AA)
2023 *Happiness Now Extended 2xLP Extended mixes of *Happiness Not Included, limited BMG
*Happiness Now Completed CD Bonus material for *Happiness Not Included
2024 Non-Stop Extended Cabaret 2xLP Record Store Day release Mercury

Extended plays and mini-albums[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Notes Label
1980 Mutant Moments 7" / 10" Debut record A Big Frock Rekord
1982 Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing 12" / CD Remixes and new tracks, charted as LP:
6 57 42
Some Bizzare
1983 Soul Inside 12", CS
2018 Club Remixes EP 2018 12" Remixes, picture disc A Big Frock Rekord
2019 Magick Mutants 7"
Live EP 2019 10" Live, part of the box set Live Here Now
2020 Cruelty Without Beauty 2020 Extended Mixes 12" Remixes A Big Frock Rekord
2022 Bruises On All My Illusions 12" Remixes BMG
Nostalgia Machine CD
2024 Memorabilia / A Man Could Get Lost E.P. Digital Expanded versions of singles released on streaming platforms Mercury
Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go? E.P.
Bedsitter E.P.
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye E.P.
Torch E.P.

Singles[edit | edit source]

Note: this section doesn't include digital (streaming platform) only singles.

Commercial singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Peak chart
position
Status Album Label
1981 A Man Can Get Lost 7" Some Bizzare
Memorabilia 12" 35
Tainted Love 
(Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go?)
7", 12"
1 8 24
1 1 4
1 1
7 2
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Bedsitter 7", 12"
4 10
33 29
1982 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 7", 12"
3 12 36
29 30
Torch 7", 12"
2 31 68
7 6 75
9 12
What! 7", 12"
3 1 6
36 64
Where the Heart Is 7", 12"
21 14 23
The Art Of Falling Apart
Loving You, Hating Me 7", 12"
1983 Numbers / Barriers 7", 12"
25 16
Heat 7"
Soul Inside 7", 2x7", 12"
16 13
This Last Night In Sodom
1984 Down In The Subway 7", 12"
24 20
1991 Tainted Love '91 (with Marc Almond) 7", 12", CD, CS
5 99
4 22
Mercury
Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91
(with Marc Almond)
7", 12", CD, CS 38
2002 Monoculture 12", CD 52 Cruelty Without Beauty Cooking Vinyl
2003 The Night CD 39
2018 Northern Lights / Guilty (Cos I Say You Are) 7", CD Universal
2022 Bruises On All My Illusions CD *Happiness Not Included BMG
Purple Zone 
(with Pet Shop Boys)
12", CD
Nostalgia Machine 12"

Limited and exclusive singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Note Label
1981 Metro MRX / Remembrance Day Flexi Magazine exclusive Flexipop
1983 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye Flexi Fanclub exclusives Cellmates
Ghostrider Live '83 Flexi
2016 Sex Dwarf 12" Record Store Day releases Universal
2018 Say Hello Wave Goodbye / Youth 12"
2022 *Happiness Not Included / Bruises On All My Illusions 7" Magazine exclusive Electronic Sound
Tainted Love 40 12" Limited reissue, digitally released in 2021 Universal
Strange Kinda Dance CD Replacement for signed prints A Big Frock Rekord
Last Chance (Christmas Mix) / Light Sleepers CD BMG
2023 Heat 7" Limited single from live album Live Here Now
Light Sleepers / Last Chance 12" Record Store Day release BMG
Chips On My Shoulder 7" Limited single from live album Live Here Now
Memorabilia 2023 Remixes 12" Vertigo
Tainted Love (demo) 7" Magazine exclusive Electronic Sound

Box sets[edit | edit source]

Year Title Content Peak chart position Label
1982 The Twelve Inch Singles 6x12" / 3xCD Some Bizzare
1990 12" Mixes On CD 10xCD Vertigo
2018 Keychains And Snowstorms 9xCD, DVD, book
56 36
80
Universal
2019 Say Hello Wave Goodbye: The O2 London 4xLP, 2xCD, 10", DVD, BD, book Live Here Now
2023 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret... And Other Stories: Live 2xCD, DVD, BD
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Ultimate Edition) 6xCD Universal

Other[edit | edit source]

Year Title Format Note Label
1981 Sex Dwarf 12" US promo for Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, charted: 24 Some Bizzare
1982 What / Insecure...Me? 12" US promo for Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
1984 Meet Murder, My Angel 12" UK promo for This Last Night In Sodom Phonogram
1991 Bedsitter / Torch 7", 12" UK promo of withdrawn single,
for Memorabilia: The Singles
Mercury
2018 Keychains And Snowstorms USB Memory stick with exclusive tracks Universal
2024 *Happiness Now Digital USB Full collection of *Happiness Not Included releases with bonus material. BMG

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Note: this section includes only releases with exclusive contributions and releases eligible to have an article

Year Title Format Notes Label
1981 Some Bizzare Album LP, CS / CD Various artists compilations Some Bizzare
2001 I'd Rather Shout At A Returning Echo Than Kid That Someone's Listening CD
2016 Trials Of Eyeliner 10xCD Marc Almond box set Universal
2020 1979–2019 CD Dave Ball compilation A Big Frock Rekord

See also[edit | edit source]

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