I had thought about following up the ongoing Altered Images singles series with a look back at the 12″ versions of the 45s released by Soft Cell in the 80s. The snag however, being that I don’t own absolutely everything by them. Instead, I’ll use the next three days to offer those bits of plastic that I do own, starting with the first three singles taken from Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret:-

mp3 : Soft Cell – Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go
mp3 : Soft Cell – Tainted Dub

mp3 : Soft Cell – Bedsitter
mp3 : Soft Cell – Facility Girls



mp3 : Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
mp3 : Soft Cell – Fun City

All three singles reached the Top 5 in the UK and all three 12″ versions expand and improve on the better-known 7″ or album versions. The b-sides are also in extended form.

Parts 2 and 3 will appear over the next two days.


7 thoughts on “GETTING JULY OFF TO A POPULAR START (Part 1 of 3)

  1. Torch is my favourite 12 inch of theirs, I also have a Canadian only release of Say Hello 12″ which has the only issue of Tainted dub/where did our love go vocal on the b-side instead of Fun City

  2. The Bedsitter 12 inch remix is #9 in my list of the 50 songs I collected for my 50th Birthday in 2013. I love Tainted Love in all its permutations, but Bedsitter really spoke to this 18 year old and its seedy, forbidden feel has held a special place in my heart ever since.

  3. Shame there is no instrumental version of Say Hello – the only thing I need by them

  4. I think I probably do have just about everything Soft Cell released, and it got played a lot in the 80s, though not so much now so this is a welcome posting JC. I got into them early thanks to my sister buying the Some Bizzare compilation album, so I already had A Man Can Get Lost/Memorabilia before Tainted Love. The Some Bizzare album also led me to discover and buy early releases by The The, Depeche Mode, Blancmange and B-Movie (who were my absolute favourites at the time).

  5. I had read a bit about Soft Cell in music press like Billboard and my first taste was the “Metro Mr. X” flexidisc on the cover of Flexipop; a cheap way to sample a new band, even in America at the time. I’m just getting ready to write about Soft Cell in tomorrow’s blog. They were the new breed; Generation B of technopop.

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