Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys
As announced a few weeks ago, the reunited Soft Cell — singer Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball — are teasing their first new album in 20 years with a version of one of the record’s songs newly reworked by the Pet Shop Boys.
“Purple Zone” is the first-ever collaboration between the two famed synthpop duos, and a will feature on Soft Cell’s forthcoming reunion album *Happiness Not Included, which is due out on May 6. The duo also performed the song at their U.K. shows last November.
Soft Cell’s new album is the group’s first since 2002’s Cruelty Without Beauty and its fifth overall. Almond and Ball reunited in 2018 to perform a concert in London called “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” that was meant to both celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary and say farewell.
Here’s the video for “Purple Zone”:
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