Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. The duo consisted of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The band are primarily known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” and their platinum-selling debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.
In the United Kingdom, Soft Cell had twelve top 40 hits, including “Tainted Love” (#1), “Torch” (#2), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “What” (both #3), and “Bedsitter” (#4). They also had four top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split; however, they reformed in 2001 to tour and release a new album and held a final reunion concert in London in 2018.
Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists, including David Gray, Marilyn Manson, Coil and Nine Inch Nails. Their track “Memorabilia” earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre. The duo have sold ten million records world-wide.