Tag: Soft Cell

Listen: Soft Cell brings in Pet Shop Boys to rework new single “Purple Zone”

Listen: Soft Cell brings in Pet Shop Boys to rework new single “Purple Zone”

 Soft Cell 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.

Soft Cell enlists Pet Shop Boys for single ahead of first new album in 20 years

Soft Cell enlists Pet Shop Boys for single ahead of first new album in 20 years

Soft Cell will release their first new album in 20 years this May, but before that, the duo has teamed up with Pet Shop Boys to rework one of the songs on the record.

Watch the BBC’s Soft Cell reunion documentary ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’

Watch the BBC’s Soft Cell reunion documentary ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’

The BBC last night premiered a one-hour documentary about Soft Cell that recounts the ups and downs of the early-’80s synthpop stars, culminating with the reunion last September of Marc Almond and Dave Ball to play together for the first time in 15 years — and the last time ever. Watch it here.

Soft Cell waves goodbye with 30-song farewell performance in London — setlist + video

Soft Cell waves goodbye with 30-song farewell performance in London — setlist + video

Marc Almond and Dave Ball reunited as Soft Cell tonight for the first time in 15 years to simultaneously commemorate the classic synthpop act’s 40th anniversary and bid fans farewell with one final concert — dubbed, naturally, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.” Check out the full setlist and see selected video right here.

This week’s new releases: Soft Cell box set, plus Spiritualized, Durutti Column, Posies

This week’s new releases: Soft Cell box set, plus Spiritualized, Durutti Column, Posies

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s releases include a new album from Spiritualized, a Soft Cell box set and reissues of The Durutti Column and The Posies.

Soft Cell debuts ‘Northern Lights’ — first new song in 15 years — off upcoming best-of

Soft Cell debuts ‘Northern Lights’ — first new song in 15 years — off upcoming best-of

With Marc Almond reuniting with Dave Ball to commemorate Soft Cell’s 40th anniversary with one final farewell concert next month, the duo also have produced some new music go to along with the occasion: two new songs, in fact, that will be included on a new singles collection. Hear one of them right here.

Soft Cell reuniting for final ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ concert in London this year

Soft Cell reuniting for final ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ concert in London this year

Marc Almond today announced he’s reuniting with Dave Ball for the first time in 15 years to commemorate Soft Cell’s 40th anniversary with one final farewell concert — dubbed, naturally, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” — at London’s O2 Arena on Sept. 30. Tickets go on sale later this week.

New releases: Kitchens of Distinction, Peter Murphy, Marc Almond, Paul Weller and more

New releases: Kitchens of Distinction, Peter Murphy, Marc Almond, Paul Weller and more

This week’s new releases include a 6-disc Kitchens of Distinction box set, a new live album from Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, a Marc Amond/Soft Cell best-of, a remixed edition of Soundgarden’s debut album ‘Ultramega OK,’ and a new solo album from Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin.

New releases: Simple Minds, Dream Academy, Tears For Fears, ABC, Soft Cell, The Specials

New releases: Simple Minds, Dream Academy, Tears For Fears, ABC, Soft Cell, The Specials

This week’s new releases include a live CD/DVD combo from Simple Minds, a new best-of from The Dream Academy, vinyl reissues of classic debut albums from Tears For Fears, ABC and Soft Cell, a live album from The Specials reissued on vinyl, and a new best-of set of 2 Tone ska.

‘120 Minutes’ Rewind: Soft Cell’s Marc Almond goes under the ‘120 X-Ray’ — 1988

‘120 Minutes’ Rewind: Soft Cell’s Marc Almond goes under the ‘120 X-Ray’ — 1988

For this week’s “120 Minutes” Rewind, we travel back to 1988 for a Kevin Seal-hosted “120 X-Ray” segment on former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond, who discusses his then-new album The Stars We Are and his next project, Jacques, which would be released in 1989.

Blancmange returns with ‘Blanc Burn,’ 1st new album in 25 years; plus U.K. tour

Blancmange returns with ‘Blanc Burn,’ 1st new album in 25 years; plus U.K. tour

Reunited synthpop group Blancmange returns this week with ‘Blanc Burn’ — its fourth album, and first in more than a quarter century — as well as an eight-date U.K. tour, although ailing co-founder Stephen Luscombe has been advised by doctors to skip the trek.

New releases: Five ’80s albums by Soft Cell’s Marc Almond reissued by Some Bizarre

New releases: Five ’80s albums by Soft Cell’s Marc Almond reissued by Some Bizarre

Another slow new-release week, but we do have Some Bizarre reissuing five ’80s titles from ex-Soft Cell leader Marc Almond.

New releases: Bryan Ferry, R.E.M., The Fall, Elvis Costello, Marc Almond, Prefab Sprout

New releases: Bryan Ferry, R.E.M., The Fall, Elvis Costello, Marc Almond, Prefab Sprout

This week’s releases include a new studio albums from Bryan Ferry (‘Olympia’) and Elvis Costello (‘National Ransom’), a live DVD from R.E.M. (‘Live From Austin, TX’), a 4CD ‘omnibus edition’ from The Fall (‘The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall’) and the belated U.S. release of Prefab Sprout’s new album (‘Let’s Change the World With Music’).

New releases: The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’; new Andy Bell, Marc Almond, Brendan Perry

New releases: The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’; new Andy Bell, Marc Almond, Brendan Perry

This week’s new CDs include the American release of The Cure’s ‘Disintegration: Deluxe Edition,’ plus new albums from Erasure’s Andy Bell, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry, and a new live album from Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh.