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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Soft Cell

1981

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Album Summary

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the debut studio album by English synth-pop duo Soft Cell. It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 November 1981 by Some Bizzare Records. The album's critical and commercial success was bolstered by the success of its lead single, a cover version of Gloria Jones's song "Tainted Love", which topped the charts worldwide and became the best-selling British single of 1981. In the United States—as a result of the single's success, the album had reported advance orders of more than 200,000 copies. The album spawned two additional top-five singles in the UK: "Bedsitter" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye".

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Rating

2.91

Votes

4614

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

This kind of minimal synthwave is one of my comfort zones. The sound tends to lend itself to a sort of darkness/kinkiness somehow. Seems to go along with the detached approach.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Tainted Love is a banger, the rest not up to that standard, although Sex Dwarf stands out lyrically and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye is a good album closer. It's all quite urgent sounding and jarring in places. Bit of a punk vibe. Definitely not a relaxing listen. I'm glad to have heard it, but doubt I'd listen again.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

If not for tainted love, this would be a 1 star. Some actually bad songs on here

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Definitely a surprise. I like the dark electronic mood/sound and marc almond's voice. Say Hello, Secret Life and Sex Dwarf are great in addition to Tainted Love. Very enjoyable.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Like a cabaret, it's flashy, flamboyant, and devoid of substance. There's a song called Sex Dwarf, and it's exactly what it says on the tin. I had to know that, and now you have to know it, too. Best track: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

This album is extremely 80s but was top-to-bottom good. I'd heard three tracks from it before (and liked them) but was surprised how much I enjoyed the others as well. Will definitely listen again.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Sexiest album ever made....

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

80s music. Tainted Love is on this record, nothing else super memorable.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Interesting beats but silly lyrics just made it old fast.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
1

Definitely not a fan of synth pop but this album is pretty bad. I have no idea how this cover of Tainted Love became so popular.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
1

I mean, I knew I was not going to like it from the title and the front cover but goddamn this is pitiful. What is it with 80’s music being so F ing lame? And that f ing sax, I mean wtf? Is this parody? Not even tainted love saves this one, as the original is a better record and even mansons is better, again WTF? Did we needed to hear this before we died so we experience superior cringe? Is there a lower grade than 1 star? Why is not this at the bottom of the rank?

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

One hit wonder? No way.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Light good electronic music

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

I mean I may be basic but tainted love / where did our love go is just so good lol

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Almost the definition of 80's synth pop. Such a distinctive voice over some of the most iconic electronic sounds ever to come out of the 80's. Great lyrics and structures too, each song having there own feel, although some recycling of sounds does occur. Great pop album

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Una estética outrun muy característica de la época, disfrutable empleo del synth. Letras atrevidas, chistosas, desquiciadas y horny en la misma medida. Canción favorita: Sex Dwarf, me parece que el ritmito de esa es el más divertido. Mood: tengo calocha, qués eso? Calor en la depresión ochentera.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Obra cumbre del synth pop. Me gusta sobre todo por lo sórdida que es la temática del disco. Sex dwarf es mi track favorito de aquí. Te dan ganas de contagiarte de gonorrea. Genios absolutos. ¿También es muy divertido, no? Sudorosón. Mil estrellas de mil.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

memories of a decade that I really was too young to remember, but love love love

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

It's s good album, so catchy, but that basic catchy type, it's a good one, I like some lyrics. It's a brilliant work. A bible of synth pop in the early 80s

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

80's pop I wish some artists still would produce (The Weeknd has the vibes, which is a nice thing)

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Amazing. Relatable to me as i step into my 20s.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Very well! Sexy and dancy! 10\5

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

That was fun and without any duds.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Seedy clubs in Leeds in the late 70's this is the sound of Soft Cell. Marc Almond is the perfect diva and has an operatic range that goes hand in hand with Dave Ball's sparce synth symphonies. Reading the reviews some people seem to miss the whole point of the exercise. This is sleaze and this is early Brit Synth where wannabe stars bought cheap Rolands and dreamed in their bedsits writing lyrics that reflected their angst lives. This is a classic.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

The sound of sleaze synth pop - rejects from the cabaret of northern clubland. Also has a song called 'Sex Dwarf' which is cool. Best Tracks: Tainted Love; Bedsitter; Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

the early 80s were pretty fucking weird for music werent they? this album specifically is really like, weirdly minimal for pop. tainted love cover owns obv. albums not as horny as i was led to believe but maybe i just wasnt paying enough attention to the lyrics?? the synth tones and the underlying songs are nice, but im not huge on the production. it still has that sorta older style of production where its more supposed to sound like its being played live, so its not rly as loud and in ur face as i like synthpop/electropop to be. still jammin though. last track is particularly good.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

wildddddddd

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Pegajoso, acelerado, el tipo de voz que identifico con los 80 (?) y tiene ese gran cover de "Tainted Love". Ahora me entero que igual esto puede ser new wave, pero bueno, para mi igual es pop ochentero, con sintetizadores particulares, con toda una algarabía. A veces suena como a un musical, me gustaron sobre todo "Frustration", "Sex Dwarf" y "Entertain Me". 8/10

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

7/10

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Entertaining, though surprisingly not very memorable aside from Tainted Love and Sex Dwarf… 7

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Catchy, sample-worthy synth riffs, cool vocals & seedy, chuckle-worthy lyrics. I didn't own this album but I remember playing a cassette of Sex Dwarf to death in University. Side 2 (of the vinyl release) is really pumpin'. I'm saving it to my WahooKickr playlist. Quite a debut!

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Sun May 23 2021
4

7/10. Honestly I enjoyed most of this. First song sucked, I don't know that I'd relisten to much of it, but kinda weird kinda fun

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Me gustó porque es bailable con todos sus sintetizadores, muy ochentero pero del lado dark no tan pop (?).

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Thu May 20 2021
4

This was a nice new wave surprise. Standouts "Seedy Films" "Youth" "Sex Dwarf" "Bedsitter" "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" and of course "Tainted Love"

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

How good is tainted love though

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Damn great 80s synth pop reminiscent of Depeche Mode. The tainted love remixes are a great bonus.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

4.1 - High camp! Two gay British men surveying nightlife at the outset of the AIDS epidemic, with an unflinching eye towards its seedier side. It's a self-aware parody of pop music but done convincingly well. They're in the music scene but also clearly over it and above it. Standout tracks: "Sex Demon", "Tainted Love" (of course) and "Seedy Films."

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Surprisingly strong album, considering the bursting out single of Tainted Love. Very diverse and enjoyable early electronic/synth sounds.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

I knew Tainted Love, obviously, and I half new Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. The album is brilliant though! Not quite a concept album, but an album obsessed with the seedy side of Soho and the contrast with suburbia - which they really hate. Hate is often a good starting point for a song, and on here it is no exception. Frustration is a great opener. The fact it's followed by Tainted Love is even better - I oscillate between wanting this version and the original a lot, but both are brilliant. It carries on in a sort of amateurishly brilliant electronica, until you hot Sex Dwarf. I honestly don't know what to make of it, but it is as barmy as its title. I think that's a good thing. And it continues in this vein, until it hits Say Hello Wave Goodbye. While I have heard this song plenty of times I'd never listened to it. It's sad, but a ferocious kind of sadness. I am glad to have listened to it, as its ten times the song I had previously heard in passing. Absolutely astounding. Save for a lull between Sex Dwarf and Say Hello, this is a brilliant album, and I'll definitely be coming back to it. I'm giving it 4/5, but I suspect repeat listens might actually make me love it all the more.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

My cat didn't really like it, but I did.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Where there's Saxphone, it won't go too bad.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Excellent album. 9/10

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Unmatched in its descriptions of seedy Soho, bedsitter life, sex clubs - all set to what was at the time amazingly new music. Still holds up very well, and surprisingly the original songs have dated far less than the covers.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Fantastic seedy grooves. Actually not as naughty as I thought it was… Slabby synths, chunky chunk drum sounds. Really rather good.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Electro pop goodness… this is very of its time. Good tunes!

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Real cool sound which brings even well know covers alive. Say hello, wave goodbye is one of my favourite songs of all time (the David gray version)

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Wed May 18 2022
4

p475. 1981. 4.5 stars The sordid pale white underbelly of early 80s Britain disguised beneath brilliant electropop. Like or loathe him, Marc Almond has a terrific voice and sharp lyrics, whilst Dave Ball is simply a musical genius. At it's best this is brilliant - Youth and Say Hello Wave Goodbye are highlights, and it was a stroke of brilliance to tempt in the casual listener with Tainted Love, which proves that you can cover a song and make it your own. Set against that, some of the tracks outstay their welcome, and Entertain Me is filler. Apart from that, you get sex, kinks, self loathing, emptiness, isolation, all within the hits. I feel like I need a shower after listening to this.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I love this

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Of course we all know their cover of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love.” “Frustration” was my high school anthem, angsty line after angsty line. Soft Cell’s simultaneous punk and disco sensibilities make for the ideal new wave album. “Seedy Films” is a kind of funny one, another I listened to nonstop (erotic cabaret!) in high school. I think what’s special about this album is the not-a-hair-out-of-place layering and general attitude. I’m thinking of the girls giggling on Seedy Films, and of course the BEEP BEEP of Tainted Love. I really love the first few songs until “Entertain Me,” which is fun but a little aimless. Overall, this record has such an infectious frenetic energy and I’d want to hang out with the singer. I find most of the songs pretty relatable, which isn’t often the case with dancey pop records. This is likely due to Soft Cell’s punk edge which is a necessary ingredient for their unique musical personality. I’m gonna give this record a 4 because, while many of the songs are a bit samey (as is the case with using basically the same drum track), this record has a cohesive sound and creates a very specific atmosphere indicative of its spot on this list.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

It's pop, but it's sleazy, and it's highly dance-able thanks to the two Northern Soul covers.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

This one surprised me. A few songs were old favorites, but some new good songs and the original of a song I didn't know was a cover.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Very 80s not everything is my speed but some great single songs on here incl say hello, wave goodbye

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Album has the New Wave hits "Tainted Love" and "Where Did Our Love Go?". Long album but great listen. 7/10.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Nice synth pop classic album

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

This is the debut album from English synth-pop duo Soft Cell. The album's popularity and successful release was boosted by the universally praised lead single - a cover version of "Tainted Love" - that topped charts worldwide. Although I had never heard of this duo or album before, I had heard and loved "Tainted Love". The rest of the album is a mix of a wonderful collection of synthesized new wave pop music, that will have everyone bouncing to the beats, and a few tracks that don't quite hit the mark compared to their bangers. These are some classic 80's hits! Overall, this was an awesome album and I'm glad I finally got around to listening to it. I highly recommend!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

The sound of sleaze synth pop - rejects from the cabaret of northern clubland. Also has a song called 'Sex Dwarf' which is cool. Best Tracks: Tainted Love; Bedsitter; Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

The older I get the more I get into new wave and synth. I dug this.....Sex Dwarf

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

I didn't expect to like this much, based on the two singles I knew (Tainted Love and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye). But it was surprisingly weird, and also very innovative for a pop record at the time. There were a few real dud tracks (Frustration and Youth) and some forgettable ones. I especially liked Seedy Films, Sex Dwarf, Chips on My Shoulder, and Bedsitter, all were every transporting to what must have been a very strange but exciting time in London. Not sure if I'll revisit this often, but so much of the music I listen to was obviously influenced by it. I don't think we would have gotten Nine Inch Nails without this album, so it gets 4 for innovation!

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

a ne jok se ne osjete 80e na ovom albumu. taj synth-pop je očito zvuk koji je narastao u tom desetljeću. dost dobar album, nisam očekivao da će mi bit bolji od trojke. Vjerujem da ću se čak i vratit koji put na ovaj album, ali ovaj puta u noćnom periodu.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Luka je u pravu ovo je jako dobar album

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Tainted love

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Why Tainted Love is by far the standout from this album/band, this was a great listening experience.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Fun album to listen to. Will definitely check it out again.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Cult synth pop album Incredibly modern sound.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

I weirdly loved this, it's almost a 5star album, but I'll listen to it when I'm in a different mood and think about this again

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Tainted love

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Sun Jan 03 2021
3

I didn't realize that Tainted Love was a cover. It makes sense, as the rest of the album is stylistically similar but less tight. Or maybe it's not, and there are untold depths. Maybe that possibility only occurs to me because of my affection for new wave. The melodies are catchy, the production is cheesy, and Sex Dwarf is truly raunchy. Puts certain ideas about the decline of pop music to bed, methinks.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Tainted loveeee

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I just couldn’t get into it. Wanted to enjoy it more than I did. I think they had a lot of sexy times whilst making this album

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

First 2 songs kill it but the rest of the album doesn't maintain the same energy. Lots of shock value in the content of the songs though i.e.sex dwarf.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

one hit wonder? I wonder.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Homo-Erotic for sure... but still a bit better than what I expected.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

A fun listen

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

It's a pretty fun bloopy album of synthy-bdsm songs. "Sex Dwarf" is perhaps one of the goofiest songs we've listened to so far during this. "Tainted Love" and "Frustration" elevate this album dramatically.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

It was a pretty average new wave album.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Not sure how to feel about this one. There are some excellent/classic tracks on here, but this LP tiptoes dangerously between tongue-in-cheek and all-out cheese. When the balance is right things are enjoyable, but some of the later ballads strain patience.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

tainted love and other good songs

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

I know of Tainted Love, which is probably one of my favorite 80s electronic-pop songs. Never heard the rest. It's uhhh a mix. Songs like Seedy Films and Sex Dwarf are thematically dumb. Instrumentally I like all that's going on, some of the vocals/noises are not great. I think I hate Sex Dwarf, haha. Don't want the sex noises and the phrase is kind of offensive. I guess it's based on a real headline the singer read. I am conflicted. Do I like it or hate it? Heard Where Did Our Love Go as a tail-end part of Tainted Love on some mixes.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Similar reaction to I Do Not Want... By Sinead O'Connor I'd listened to the day prior: I feel like the best song and biggest hit on the album is the cover, because it's easily the best constructed song among the rest. It's a funny album and there are several high points but in a lot of places I found both the instrumental and vocal parts getting grinding my repetitive, the sexy lyrics aren't actually erotic (maybe not the intended point) and that schtick gets old quick.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

Mixed feelings about this one. I really like 'Tainted Love' and maybe a couple other songs. I also like the musical aesthetic, how it treads this ground between dweeby and sophisticated. Struggled with some of the sadistic themes and lyrics. I was excited by the song 'Memorabilia' but then it went on about a minute and a half too long.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Not really my kind of thing, but there's some great pop going on, and "Tainted Love" is a karaoke monster! "Sex Dwarf" seems kinda questionable... huh, there's a video for it that was banned in the UK!? Fave track - "Entertain Me" - liked the flow of the lyrics in that one...

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

great album

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Not the best New Wave I've ever heard, but not bad either.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

A blast from the past. Worth listening to every few years.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

I thought Tainted Love was a song from the 2000's... So I guess they were very avant-garde...

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Tue May 04 2021
3

I remember how huge Tainted Love was on the dance floor with its bleepy innovative beats. Sex Dwarf is also good but Say Hello Wave Goodbye is an underrated and excellent song that really showcases Marc Almond's voice.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Tainted love song

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Música de los ochenta muy reconocida

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

didn't mind it minus some of the lyrics

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Sun May 23 2021
3

I’ll give it a 6. Don’t think I’ll listen again but it was entertaining and had some cool synth sounds

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Tue May 04 2021
3

This was cool back in the day. The sound is distinctive as are the vocals. I just think when you have a distinctive voice like this album can't be more than 45 min. Vinyl was great in this way since groovage creates an  absolute maximum (45 - 50 min - ish) that could be crammed on before it compromised the sound.  Of course if the LP was a 5 then I wouldn't complain about length but this isn't a 5 so it wore on me. --

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Half great, half very dated.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

80s pop - Tainted Love is the star

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Fri May 28 2021
3

This is the trashiest, worst album I’ve ever heard. Why did I give it the time of day? Why is it anywhere near this list? It sounds like someone got too ambitious with their GameBoy music maker and entered 10 songs into the Eurovision song contest and they all came in the bottom half of the semi-final. Tainted Love came like 4th place somehow. Thing is, hidden somewhere inside the horrible 80s production is an album using that very cold, ugly production style for a satire. It actually paints a picture of a time and a place and a mood. Chips on my Shoulder is basically a cover of Popcorn. Entertain Me is a bop, it should've been a bigger hit. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye left me feeling a bit empty but no-where near as cold as Tainted Love.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Tainted Love is obviously a classic and I also enjoyed a couple of other tracks, but the rest of it was fairly forgettable

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I've always liked the one hit (Tainted Love), let's see how the rest of the album plays. The whole album feels like a seedy 80s club full of neon lights. It's definitely a mood. Overall, not a great album, but not bad.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Helt ok, lättlyssnat.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Some good songs, obviously Tainted Love is a classic. Enjoyable overall, liked the slightly depressing tone

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

“Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” by Soft Cell (1981) Send the kids out of the room. This is not because “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” is the least bit titillating, but rather because it is a wail against the dehumanizing effects of misdirected desire. It consists mostly of first person laments about the seemingly invincible bondage of lust. Not that lust is, according to these guys, offensive to God, or the good, or even nature, but that it is an offense against convention. And that is a social critique that didn’t last long. Cultural puppet masters in recent years have simply altered convention to (selectively) tolerate, and even weaponize lust. Soft Cell’s parody had a very short shelf life. So as an artistic expression, the album is weakened by lack of foresight and limited imagination. One could rightly ask these guys “What did you expect?”. We hear nice synth pop grooves, with mostly very plain melodies, sung by Marc Almond with adequate quality and power, giving the album an overall good sound, especially on a second listen. Soft Cell’s powerful cover of Gloria Jones’ 1964 flop “Tainted Love” is, of course, excellent (Although Marilyn Manson’s 2001 version is even better). It reinvigorates one’s belief in resurrection. There’s a very nice jazz clarinet performance by David Tofani on “Seedy Films”—just right for the mood. Saxophone wouldn’t cut it. This was one of several good production choices on this far better than average album. “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” depicts the banality of soulless sex. It invites the consideration that the climax of sex is not orgasm. It’s birth. 3/5 (almost a 4)

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

3.5

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Saved Prior: Tainted Love (also saved the Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go medley, but that's the deluxe version of the album) Off Rip: Secret Life, Say Hello Wave Goodbye Cutting Edge: Frustration Overall Notes: Opens well and closes well, but loses itself in the middle. 3.5 stars rounded down. ADORE Tainted Love though, one of my favorite songs of all time. Band is basically a worse version of Depeche Mode in my eyes.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

I mean, how can you go wrong with a record that has a song called “Sex Dwarf”? It’s more goodish than great. 3.5.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

I’m realizing today that I never really wrapped my head around this album, since I purchased it on vinyl at the tender age of 12. That’s no surprise as I really wasn’t the target audience for it! But I can appreciate now that what Soft Cell was doing here was something really interesting and unique. The album brilliantly evokes this quality of seedy, world-weary decadence, with a pronounced undercurrent of pathos. Musically, the album is better than I remember it. The cold, crisp style contrasts beautifully with Marc Almond’s torchy, theatrical vocals. Almond is a really talented vocalist who can flip it on a dime from melodramatic to anguished in a way that is uncommon and almost more suited to musical theatre than to pop. Lyrically they go full-on camp in places, which is what makes the whole thing work. The gleeful lasciviousness of songs like “Sex Dwarf” and “Seedy Films” makes the sadness and disillusionment in “Youth” or “Say Hello” more heartfelt. "Tainted Love" is hands down one of the best songs of the 80s, if not the best. It blows the original out of the water (Apologies to Gloria Jones, but you know it's true). It's lurid, dripping with self-loathing and disillusionment, and oh so lovely. If you haven't heard it, seek out the extended version with "Where Did Our Love Go," which is sublime. “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” is a bittersweet gem of a song and the other must-hear track on the album. Fave Songs: Tainted Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, Sex Dwarf, My Secret Life, Frustration

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Surprisingly fun for a group that I had written off as a total one-hit-wonder. Not something I see myself coming back to very often, but it is a fun little album with some real gems in there.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

Pretty catchy. More songs to Soft Cell than I previously thought. Liked the vibe, catchy lyrics.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

6/10

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

The album that gave us (the cover of) Tainted Love - a sound of 1981 wrapped in tense, edgy synth tunes. All blatently on a budget - enjoy the video for 'Sex Dwarf' - whilst enjoying the lyrics! Fun, but that was my last listen

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

3/5

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Quintessentially 80s music. Tainted Love is a great track and album cuts like Sex Dwarf and Youth are decent too. Nothing bad but would rarely listen to by choice.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Well I liked this album it had some good dogs that were appealing on first listen. Didn't really listen to the lyrics but every so often a provocative line or two would present itself enough to raise an eyebrow and make me think a second listen where I pay more attention to the lyrics is warranted. Lucky the music and the songs are inviting enough to make me want to do so. 3.5 🌟

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Tainted Love is killer but the rest just kinda fades into nothingness. Not bad, though, but just there.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Tecno

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Imagine the pitch here. "Yeah, it's two dudes with a couple synthesizers, a drum machine, and expansive amorous interests. I think they'll fit in great here at 'Some Bizarre Records'!" The synth-pop sound that these guys brought into being with this album, is surprisingly rich and diverse. While I do think the album could stand to be a handful of tracks lighter, there are quite a few highlights. Obviously, 'Tainted Love'. Secondly, lyrical subject matter aside, 'Sex Dwarf' is a far better track than the name suggest. And lastly, I really enjoyed 'Memorabilia', which I swear LCD Soundsystem's sound is directly descended from.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

frustration-not a big fan of the beat or production and nothing really stands out to me. tainted love-i love. it’s a classic. what more can i say? seedy films-okay this definitely must be the experimental genre. lots of interesting sounds. this lyrics aren’t anything special but the production sounds unique and whatever instrument is in the background sounds cool. sax? youth-lots of synths? the production feels a lot more bland to me but the lyrics are more meaningful or maybe it’s just because i’ve been paying attention now. sex dwarfs-wow that’s a really cool beat. okay this one really caught my attention. it’s definitely been one of the most upbeat ones. wait i’m sorry what am i hearing in the background 😀… i’m uncomfy… now i’m not really sure what to think. on one hand it’s one of the more interesting ones but also… what are the background noises… entertain me-i think i’ve heard this chorus before somewhere. super upbeat, it’s nice. chips on my shoulder-upbeat and interesting beat + production but it feels repetitive. bedsitter-this one is interesting but it avoids sounding too repetitive which i really appreciate now. aspects of the production remind me of the strokes so maybe i’m biased in my review of this song. secret life- i like that they included a piano in this song and the transition from the last one was good. woah the chorus is good. i think this is one of the standouts so far. say hello, wave goodbye- either i’m warming up to their style of music or their songs are progressively getting better as the album progresses. i love the chorus. i would definitely listen to this song outside of this challenge. where did our love go?- this gives old rock and roll vibes with a hint of tainted love. memorabilia- the change in beat scared me. i’m not sure if i’m not too much of a fan of it. the bass line is cool though. facility girls- the xylophone gives me nursery rhyme vibes. it’s kind of repetitive and the lyrics are kind of boring. fun city- i just realized how long each of the songs are. no wonder the album is so long. it’s definitely better than the last one but still not captivating, maybe it’s one of those things that gets better the more you listen? i feel like it would be. torch-i like the production. i feel like parts of this could go viral on tiktok. sometimes gives bo burnham vibes. insecure me-SAX SOLO i love!! i also love the beat. this is one of the ones i like more in the album. what?-i really like this one too. it has a tropical sounding beat and has a note change in the melody i love at the end of the chorus. this is also one of my favorites. so-cool beat and would make for a strong ending but i’m two minutes in and no one has sang, maybe they just want to let their production shine? regardless i like it. this album screams 80s from the beats to synths. the sound definitely grew on me and the album for the most part got better as it progressed. i would give it a 3.5 or maybe a 4 if i’m feeling generous. my favorite songs were tainted love, secret life, wave hello/say goodbye, insecure me, and what?

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

3.5/5 I quitte liked the sound, sounds a bit ahead of their time. For me the album could have been shorter. After a while I was done with it. Overall not bad! Favourite songs: - Tainted love - Say hello, wave goodbye - Torch

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Very 80s. Very weird. Loved it and hated it at the same time?

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Wederom een echte 80s beat met bekende keyboard geluidjes. De band is natuurlijk bekend van nummer 2 op het album "Tainted Love" maar de rest is ook goed te luisteren, vooral "Sex Dwarf" :-). Helaas geen album vol met hits, dus daar blijft het dan ook bij. ***

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I didn’t think I would like this album (minus the opportunity to hear Tainted Love for the first time in a long time), but it was actually pretty fun. Some of it (like Sex Dwarf) made me real uncomfortable, but for the most part - good stuff.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I've always loved "Tainted Love" but never looked past that into Soft Cell's other music. I really liked this record. Lots of electronic spunk. And, the singer has a voice perfect for the musical style. I like them because they have off-beat rhythms, a great sense of melody, and some wonderful sounding synths. Song title is dumb, but the synths on "Sex Dwarf" are rad.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Very unique sound, very 80s!

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Bit too long

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Vals gezongen toch leuk…

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Definitely a worse singer than I thought he was, but Tainted Love is always a banger.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Never heard these guys before but I can hear this album just looking at the cover. And yep that is EXACTLY what it both looks and sounds like. It has a surprising amount of energy and enthusiasm for new wave. I just found out who does tainted love. And hahahaha there's a song called sex dwarf. 3/5 for just being so unashamedly annoying.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Cheesy but fun. I wasn't really expecting anything else. I get occasional The Cure vibes from it, which was surprising. Love the bassline on Chips On My Shoulder. Obviously, Tainted Love is head and shoulders better than anything else here, but the whole album isn't as bad as I had feared it might be.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Some songs are good but the highlight is the cover which is never a good sign. However, fine lil bops. Fun fact: I actually have a Soft Cell stick of rock that I haven’t eaten yet and have left at work for at least 12 weeks now.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Tanted love é famosa

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Sex Dwarf!!! Not too bad

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

These guys are horny

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

I love myself some 80s synthpop. Having said that, I don't really like this album. The songs are just not there; the arrangements are fine, but there hardly is any good hook or melody. Tainted Love being one of the most overplayed 80s songs in history doesn't help. Some tracks are listenable, but the resulting song collection is very uneven and mixed. 2.5/5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Tainted Love is one of the best songs ever! The rest is pretty good.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Weird

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

This is exactly the style of 80s synth music I go for. It's pop, but at the same time has this dark, almost industrial undercurrent running throughout. It's the kind of sound you feel like you need to take a shower after listening to. It is held back a bit by slower tracks like "Seedy Films", "Youth" and "Secret Life" which have not aged as well as the rest, and it gets a bit repetitive by the end despite its short run time. "Sex Dwarf" definitely isn't for everyone, but I find it hilariously tongue-in-cheek. Overall, the album is an enjoyably seedy listen. Standout tracks: "Frustration", "Tainted Love", "Sex Dwarf", "Entertain Me" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

I have some fun memories with this album. Soft Cell was one of my Dads favourites so this got a lot of airtime for me growing up. This year in the dead of winter Kayla and I got snowed in a Montreal apartment so we spent the afternoon flipping through an 80's record collection and we had a ton of fun dancing to this record. Tainted love is a timeless classic. For some reason I always wanna listen to Smalltown Boy by Bronski beat or Temptation by Heaven 17 immediately after. The electronic beat in Sex Dwarf is soooo amazing and I kinda love how its paired with some of the heaviest handed hilariously cringe lyrics of all time. Overall the album feels like a really unsexy dude trying to be sexy OR its some kind of parody thats going Over my head. Either way theres a few bangers on this record and a few duds Standout Tracks: Tainted Love, Sex Dwarf

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Obnoxious, sleazy, funny, dark, quirky and kitsch. And a bonus-point for Sex Dwarf, the absolute highlight of this album.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Some parts good some parts bad

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

VERY Eighties. Some great tracks and it's a fun listen, but as a whole it's either aged badly or it's not my bag.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

In the seedy underbelly of England is debauchery, degeneracy, destitute characters who want terrible things. Beware, it's all the greatest sins to tempt man and woman alike: immoral sex, junky drugs, more innocuous sex, man there's just so much sex. Soft Cell invites you to dim the lights and feel skin on skin through synthpop sensibilities. It's what synthpop was made for, frankly. It's perfect 80's sleeve, with the intense Tainted Love showing off the album's strongest elements. Other songs are less serious and sort of take away from the potential power of this album (looking at you, Sex Dwarf). The overall product is pretty fun, but nothing quite compares to the first two tracks. At times, the album has good ideas that have amateurish execution.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

It's ok. Kinda all over the place in quality. There's about 3 good songs, one of which is the essential 80's Playlist entry: Tainted Love. There's some meh stuff that is just there and then there's a couple tracks that area bit annoying. A 3 I guess.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Not a bad synth pop / dance album that has as its main theme sexuality and the sex trade. Tainted Love is the Big Hit but I quite enjoyed other songs such as Sex Dwarf, Seedy Films, Youth and Bedsitter. The sound is a little "stuck in the '80s" but not is a terrible way. 3 stars

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Tainted love is fire of course but that’s the only thing saving this album from being a two. It’s boring, needlessly sexual, and not something I’ll return to

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Imma be honest. Other than tainted love I was not feeling the first half of this album. Then came say hello, wave goodbye. That was artistic brilliance. Unfortunately, no other song came close to giving me downstairs tingles like say hello. That song is a virus and I’m in love with the infection.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Tainted love. 3 I don't even know why Tainted Love got so popular. 2 If its not horrible to listen to the lyrics are absolutely vile 1 Hmmm this is fucked 2 3

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Tue Oct 18 2022
3

Whoa! That was certainly unique! Refreshing in the middle of a streak of some albums that have been on the duller side. Wins some favor just because of that. This album has a true personality and concept, although a very, very quirky one. There are some true underrated gems here (I particularly enjoyed the "Entertain Me" to "Secret Life" streak). "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" was hard to get through, as were a few of the tracks. Tainted Love and Where Did Our Love Go, the covers, are stellar as expected. Album lose points for length, it's maybe longer than it needs to be.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

More than just a one hit wonder, the rest of the album has some solid 80's new wave songs, and sticks to a fairly consistent vibe. Interesting juxtaposition of depressing themes and upbeat music. I give this 3 adult VHS tapes out of 5. 📼 📼 📼

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

One hit wonder

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Not my favorite but I appreciate it

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

The 80s guys. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
2

Pari leiskautusta mutta levyn loputtua päälimmäinen fiilis oli helpotus

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Tainted Love. Natürlich das bekannteste hier.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Meh, too slow, nothing too good for me. I had forgot they sing tainted love, but then again, not a big fan of that song either so it makes sense.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Fav Song: Tainted Love

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Didn't finish is

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Yeah, I don’t really find this enjoyable at all, beyond “Tainted Love,” which I probably only enjoy for the nostalgia of that commercial when I was in high school. Most of these songs I find annoying. A couple aren’t so bad, but generally, not my thing. Just realized the ones I like are covers of older songs, so…yeah.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Not great. That one song that everyone knows is the best one, and I don't really like that one either.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Some great atmospheric, grimy sounds throughout but besides Tainted Love, not a lot of stand out tracks

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

One absolutely great song, but I stopped listening after "Chips on my shoulder" because I seriously think this song is about have french fries on a body part. I should have told you I've chips on my shoulder I'm making a stand While I sit on my arse Fish and chip supper

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

acceptable

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Very middling

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Wow

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Helicopters on Mars vs European Super League IV: Sex Dwarf.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Tainted Love is a great song; rest of the album not so much.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

SEX DWARF. i had just about had enough of marcs out of tune wailing and this happened. the album really should have been a 40min edit of sex dwarf.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

1st June 2021 Listened throughout the day as it was hot and sunny and we met mum and Fi in St James Park. I think this could be a grower but on first impressions it sad a bit all over the shop for me.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Phil Crowe's favourite album

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Wed May 19 2021
2

I don't know if I've ever heard anything besides "Tainted Love". The extended version of "Tainted Love" is the best, but the extended version is not on this album. Most of the music was good enough. A significant portion of the content of the lyrics is not for me, dragging this album down from a 3 to a 2. The short version of "Tainted Love" couldn't keep this album afloat.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Pretty meh... what i expected more or less though i guess.

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Fri May 07 2021
2

No me gustó. Me daba miedo

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

The narrator of the first song, Frustration, is going through a hard core midlife crisis. If he were younger and alive now, he’d be a repeat subject on r/incel (Reddit). In this day and age, the narrator’s anger would be focused onto something else through social media by the likes of Steve Bannon. The lyrical misery continues into Radar Love about a relationship gone wrong. I do appreciate the music on these two tracks, and several others due to the pioneering nature of the electronic instruments. Even so, the sound is very dated. So while I respect the ground breaking, the primitive electronic sound is a drag. There are a couple awful songs on here with uninteresting music and unappealing vocals like: Sleezy City, Youth, and Secret Life. Sex Dwarf…I just don’t know what to say. I suppose kudos are in order for the song living up to the album title. One total extra star for blazing the electronic trail and Radar Love.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

rating: 4/10 best songs: tainted love

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Has their one-hit-wonder "Tainted Love" on it. Felt like a most of the songs were trying to find something that worked and TL was the only one that did

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Sat Jul 24 2021
2

Tainted Love is one of the best cover songs ever, but the rest of this record just doesn't hold up for me. I'm pretty much all out on New Wave at this point.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

More like "please stop erotic cabaret" amirite? Even tainted love doesn't redeem this.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Arguably Soft Cells best songs are on this debut album. Both of which are riffs or covers off existing songs that they helped make mainstream genre defining tracks. While this new sound may be notable, they didn't push the genre too much and really just made a path for more mediocre bands to follow. The true innovators were still to come, but I doubt they would credit Soft Cell as their inspiration.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Pretty mediocre, apart from Tainted Love, which I learned while listening is cover song. Their cover is superior to the original, but I feel that does take away a little from it.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Honestly, Tainted Love is the only track worth re listening to

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

this is the most 80s thing that ever 80s'd tainted love is of course a banger everything else went on a big downhill until where did our love go, so i guess i only like them when they're doing synthed-up covers of motown songs their synthed-up motown covers are a lot of fun at least phone died towards the end and honestly i think i'm good to call it there

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Werd er zenuwachtig van.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Tainted Love blijft geweldig, en ook Say Hello, Wave Goodbye is mooi. Maar wat er verder nog op dit album staat is echt niet door te komen en bij vlagen tenenkrommend.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Mwah, paar nummers en toen was ik er wel klaar mee.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Not bad, but not really good either. Can't say that I'll listen to it again, but I didn't hate it. Tainted love is a classic, but imo this is not the best version.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

It was medium but tainted love is pretty good

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

16. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell. 18 tracks. I really like some of their stuff, (Say Hello is art!) but this ultimately failed to deliver with so many watered down "nothing" tracks that made me lose interest. 2/5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

Way too hyper sexual for me. 2 stars because I had to listen to the song "sex dwarf"

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

Only good song is their one hit!

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

So bad that i presumed it was Austrailian. Its like it is a joke, but at the same time not. It has perhaps the worst opening track of any album i have heard. Luckily it also has Tainted Love!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Love the singles, but the rest of the LP is patchy. Disappointing. Made me want to listen to Yazoo and New Order instead.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

As far as the 80's 'characteristic' music go, these guys are not so bad.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

2,5; very mixed up feelings about this one, some songs are terrible and some are okay, we got one classic over here, everybody knows Tainted love. Entirety is kinda unbalanced, weird shit

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Like almost everything mainstream in the 80s, this is lame, boring, and dated.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
2

Not a fan then. Not a fan now.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

Tainted Love is my mum's favourite song so I've heard it A LOT and never really considered Soft Cell having other songs. Turns out they do but nothing particulalry outstanding

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

2.5/5

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

It was an ok album. Tainted love is a popular song but this album is very much 80s pop. It’s a genre you either are into or not. This one wasn’t my favorite overall but the singer has a good voice. 5.0/10

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Wed May 04 2022
2

Meh

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Wed May 11 2022
2

Tough to rate. Tainted Love is a forever track (from Motown?!?!), and Sex Dwarf def has its moments. Memorabilia isn’t technically from this album, but rightfully lauded. Everything else I think I’m just a little too American and not quite old enough to connect with. Like the dirty sexy theme, but honestly wouldn’t listen to the whole album unprompted again. 2.5, rounding down because there just isn’t enough here for me.

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Mon May 23 2022
2

Some fun lyrics here and there, and the Tainted Love cover is great, but otherwise this kind of sucked. Just really annoying synths and pretty awful vocals on the whole

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Mon May 23 2022
2

Some weird vibes, some naff songs, some fairly crap vocals, some odd lyrics and a half decent cover.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
2

One classic song, and a lot of synth pop not to my taste.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Ok synth pop. Mostly fairly bland and unmemorable music. I guess I should give them credit for the time period they were in, but as someone who listens to a lot of synth wave, this just sounds weak.

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