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MARC ALMOND + SOFT CELL Hits & Pieces

‘Hits & Pieces’ celebrates the career of MARC ALMOND, one of the most prolific and subversive artists of the last four decades.

Almond once said that for an artist to be “truly subversive”, they had to have “access to the mainstream”. Making his name in SOFT CELL with Dave Ball, the duo were undoubtedly ahead of their time and set the blueprint for acts such as PET SHOP BOYS and ERASURE.More inside ›

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TEC Gold: INTERVIEW ARCHIVE

Today is The Electricity Club’s seventh birthday and our big portfolio of interviews reads like a Who’s Who? of electronic pop music. Whether you are interested in the pioneers of the genre or newer, up-and-coming acts, there is something for you.

They are archived in an easy-to-use page. From ex-members of KRAFTWERK, JAPAN, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, SOFT CELL and DEPECHE MODE, to OMD, MIDGE URE and HEAVEN 17, to KITE, MIRRORS and VILE ELECTRODES, they are all here. More inside ›

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DAVE BALL Interview

Dave Ball by Paul CoxDave Ball is best known as the musical genius of SOFT CELL. Together with Marc Almond, they recorded ‘Tainted Love’, a marvellous hybrid of Northern Soul and KRAFTWERK that was possibly Synth Britannia’s first true crossover song.

Dave Ball kindly agreed to a chat with The Electricity Club about his career with SOFT CELL,

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A Beginner’s Guide To MARC ALMOND

MarcAlmond-profileAlthough electronic pop only forms a part of MARC ALMOND’s repertoire, he is forever associated with SOFT CELL’s recording of ‘Tainted Love’, possibly the first true crossover record from the Synth Britannia era.

So what would a Beginner’s Guide to MARC ALMOND look like? Primarily focussing on his electronic,

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SYNTH BRITANNIA

soft-cell‘Synth Britannia’ traced the rise of the synthesizer and how it changed popular music forever, particularly in the UK. Superbly produced and directed by Ben Whalley with interlinking cultural commentary provided by ‘Rip It Up And Start Again’ author Simon Reynolds, it was an empathetic documentary that captured the spirit of a golden era in pop.

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