Soft Cell were a hugely underrated duo. They made some incredibly innovative bits of electronica music in the early 80s. They conquered the charts with catchy pop tunes and filled their LPs with edgier, grittier material that must have scared the weans.
I was always on the lookout for the 12″ versions of their hit singles as they often turned the track into masterpieces and rarely fell into the trap of simply padding the songs with a bit of electronic doodling. I’ve still got most of those 12 inchers sitting in the cupboard. Here’s some of the best:-
mp3 : Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye
mp3 : Soft Cell – Bedsitter
mp3 : Soft Cell – Torch
And just in case there’s some of you out there who aren’t familiar with their unique 10-minute take on Hey Joe, Purple Haze and Voodoo Chile:-
mp3 : Soft Cell – Hendrix Melody
Bit more difficult to set fire to a synth mind you……