Written by: Alex Green
Soft Cell have announced the upcoming CD and DVD release of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret… And Other Stories: Live.
Out in October, the two-and-a-half hour show was recorded in late 2021 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on the occasion of the Leeds band’s 40th anniversary together. The show contains career-spanning selections, including their 1981 debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret in entirety as well as tracks that had previously not been played live.
Featuring sax player Gary Barnacle as well as four back-up singers, the show is split into two separate acts.
Formed by Marc Almond and Dave Ball back in 1977 when they were students at Leeds Polytechnic, Soft Cell have released six studio albums, lodged ten songs in the UK’s Top 40 charts and recorded one of the most memorable numbers of the last 40 years: a sultry synth take on the Ed Cobb-penned Northern Soul track “Tainted Love.” The song’s end features a delicious mash-up of the Cobb number along with “Where Did Our Love Go?” which was originally recorded by the Supremes.
To date, Soft Cell have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their latest album is Happiness Not Included (2022).
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret… And Other Stories: Live will be out October 7th and a vinyl release is set for 2023.