01) It's A Mug's Game (Extended Version) @ 8:10
02) It's A Mug's Game (Single Version) @ 5:28
03) Sex Dwarf (Erotic Cabaret Version) @ 5:16
04) Sex Dwarf (Ecstatic Dancing Version) @ 5:13
Track 1 taken from the 1999 CD release 'Twelve Inch Singles'
Track 2 taken from the Singles Compilation recorded by Petee Bowdown Rider
Track 3 taken from the 2006 Remaster 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret'
Exclusive to this blogpost, Track 4 was taken from the 2006 Remaster 'Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing'
Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They consist of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo is most widely known for their 1981 worldwide hit version of "Tainted Love" and platinum debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. In the UK, they had ten Top 40 hits, including "Bedsitter" (No. 4), "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (No. 3), "Torch" (No. 2), and "What!" (No. 3), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. The duo split in 1984, but reformed in the early 2000s to tour and released a new album in 2002. Their songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, Marilyn Manson and A-ha. Soft Cell's track "Memorabilia" earned recognition for the band as pioneers of techno style. The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.
The duo's first album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, hit UK No. 5 and further explored the now-trademark Soft Cell themes of squalour and sleaze. "Seedy Films" talks of long nights in porno cinemas, while "Frustration" and "Secret Life" deal with the boredom and hypocrisy associated with suburban life. A companion video titled Non-Stop Exotic Video Show was released alongside the album and featured videos directed by Tim Pope. The video generated some controversy in Britain, mainly due to the scandal involved with the "Sex Dwarf" clip. The original version of the music video featured Almond and Ball in a bloody butcher shop surrounded by chainsaws, nude actors, and dwarves. However, the film was confiscated by police and censored before it was even released. As a tongue-in-cheek substitute, a re-filmed "Sex Dwarf" appeared in Non-Stop Exotic Video Show featuring Almond dressed in a tuxedo, directing a symphony orchestra of transvestites.
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