The Bedsit Tapes

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The Bedsit Tapes
compilation of Soft Cell
Cover photograph by Martin Holtkamp
Released 25 July 2005
Label Some Bizzare
Genre minimal synth, industrial
Format CD
Related Demo Non Stop
The Bedsit Tapes is a compilation of early and demo recordings by Soft Cell released in 2005 by Some Bizzare Records.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Compilation consists of early recordings by Soft Cell produced in 1978–1980 at studio in Leeds Polytechnic and at their home – as referenced in the title, including 3 tracks from Mutant Moments EP and a cover of Black Sabbath's “Paranoid”. It was compiled by Dave Ball, who refers to these tracks as rough sketches,[1] and Stevo shortly after duo's second disband and without involvement of Marc Almond.[2]

In liner notes, written in 6th July 2005, Ball is reminiscing of university's studio, initial work with Almond and his performances and eventual formation of Soft Cell. As a Some Bizzare release, there is a quote by Stevo as well: “Blindfolded comfort, independent as always, seeking commitment without the fear of falling.”

Release[edit | edit source]

The Bedsit Tapes was released on 25th July 2005 on CD, by Some Bizzare Records, with distribution by Plastic Head Music.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

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

1. Potential”   3:28
2. L.O.V.E. Feeling(*) 3:26
3. Metro Mr X(*) 2:08
4. Bleak Is My Favourite Cliché”   2:15
5. “Occupational Hazard”   3:32
6. “Mix”   4:19
7. “Factory Fun”   3:20
8. Science Fiction Stories”   3:15
9. “Purely Functional”   2:10
10. “A Cut Above The Rest”   2:09
11. “Paranoid” (Wr.: Iommi / Osbourne / Butler / Ward) 2:25
12. “Excretory Eat Anorexia Nervosa”   4:37
13. Cleansing Fanatic”   2:34
14. “Walking Make Up Counter”   2:54
15. “Pyrex My Cuisine”   1:07
16. “Tupperware Party”   2:04

* Titles of songs differ from their original appearance on Mutant Moments EP

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Written-By (lyrics) − Marc Almond (2, 4)[1][?], David Ball (1, 3, 8)[3][?]
  • Written-By (music) − David Ball
  • Vocals − Marc Almond, David Ball (13)
  • Instruments − David Ball
  • Mastering – Ralph Ruppert
  • Liner notes − David Ball

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Cover artwork consists of photographs of buildings in Leeds, taken by Martin Holtkamp in January 2005. Design is credited to Allon Kaye, ‘with thanks to Martin, Ema And Jacques.’

Reception[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In a 2016 interview Marc Almond stated that he wasn't involved in making and release of Soft Cell's demo compilations.[2] Dave Ball later, in his autobiography, characterized them as ‘very poor-quality’ and ‘strictly for completists.’[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Demo Non Stop − second CD compilation of demo tracks released the next year

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Electronic Boy (Dave Ball autobiography)
  2. 2.0 2.1 theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Marc Almond | The Arts Desk (Interview with Marc Almond). Thomas H. Green. 5 November 2016. (  archived
  3. Tainted Life (Marc Almond autobiography)
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