29 July 2022

The Things We Lost by Marc Almond and Chris Braide will be released on 28 October 2022 and can be pre-ordered now.

Available as a strictly limited six track 10" Sky Blue Vinyl EP and a 3CD expanded edition (containing the six track EP and a live recording of the Royal Festival Hall show from 2020)

Available to pre-order now from https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/marc-almond/

26 July 2022

Soft Cell follow their recent acclaimed Top 10 album *Happiness Not Included with the announcement of a new live album and DVD, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret… And Other Stories: Live, which is available to pre-order now at www.liveherenow.com/softcell

Released via LiveHereNow on 7 October, the show was filmed in November 2021 at one of Soft Cell’s two sellout concerts at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

CD and DVD formats will be released on 7 October with vinyl formats to follow in Spring 2023, as well as some strictly-limited super-collectable special editions still to be announced. Free digital downloads will be delivered to all physical pre-orders on 7 October.

9 June 2022

Marc will be celebrating his 65th birthday with a special one off acoustic show at Cadogan Hall in London on 8 July 2022. Accompanied by Chris Braide they will perform The Velvet Trail album in its entirety plus hits, surprises and more. The show will be in aid of the charity Headway and tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, 10 June from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

7 June 2022

As part of the celebrations of Marc 65th Birthday Year, his eleventh solo album, Stranger Things, from 2001 is re-issued for the very first time on vinyl - in a special stunning expanded double LP crystal clear vinyl pressing and a deluxe 3 CD set. Stranger Things was a celebrated collaboration between Marc and the much missed mercurial talent of Icelandic producer and arranger Jóhann Jóhannsson which gave the album a consciously cinematic musical coherence with its signature melodramatic and soaring string arrangements to the fore. Deftly combining elements of gothic tinged synth-pop and orchestral grandeur, the album provoked much eulogising on its original release, Ian Shirley writing in Record Buyer in 2001 that “This is a brilliant album. Lush, orchestral and with a delightful contemporary rhythmic sheen, it sounds like the soundtrack to an imaginary James Bond film. Almond is in torch mode playing Shirley Bassey. This is no put down… he sings with an emotional depth that is very moving.” Online music site Allmusic described the album as "dreamy and swooning”, adding that Marc, "sounds in absolutely excellent voice”.

As well as containing the full twelve tracks of the original album, the double vinyl expanded edition also contains 4 versions of the contemporaneous one-off single Fur and the original demo version of a further collaboration between Marc and Jóhann, the opulent confessional song ‘The Exhibitionist’. The vinyl edition is available now from www.cherryred.co.uk

The 3 disc expanded CD edition contains no less than 32 bonus tracks across discs 2 and 3 of original song demos, remixes, rarities, alternative versions and live renditions of Stranger Things album tracks recorded around the time of the Stranger Things sessions. The CD edition is available now from www.cherryred.co.uk

Vinyl track list:

Side One
1 Glorious
2 Born To Cry
3 Come Out
4 Under Your Wing

Side Two
1 Lights
2 Tantalise Me
3 Moonbathe Skin
4 Dancer

Side Three
1 When It’s Your Time
2 End In Tears
3 Love In A Time Of Science
4 Glorious (Reprise)

Side Four - Bonus Tracks
1 Fur (Replayed By Jóhann Jóhannsson)
2 Fur (Replicant Version)
3 Fur (Keen K Remix)
4 Fur (Original Demo)
5 The Exhibitionist (Original 2000 Demo Version)
CD track list:

Disc 1 - Original Album
1 Glorious
2 Born To Cry
3 Come Out
4 Under Your Wing
5 Lights
6 Tantalise Me
7 Moonbathe Skin
8 Dancer
9 When It’s Your Time
10 End In Tears
11 Love In A Time Of Science
12 Glorious (Reprise)

Disc 2 - Bonus Tracks, Demos & Fur Remixes
1 The Guilt Of My Secret Marc Almond With Laska Omnia
2 Passion And Pain Marc Almond With Laska Omnia
3 Our Love, My Love
4 I’m The Boy (Boy Toy) Marc Almond With Trash Palace
5 Âme Caline
6 Give In
7 The Beautiful Light Of Madness (Original Demo)
8 Suburban Opera (Original Demo)
9 Moonbathe Skin (Original Demo)
10 Under Your Wing (Original Demo)
11 Smoke (Original Demo)
12 Dark Is My World (Demo Version)
13 Fur (Original Demo)
14 The Exhibitionist (Original Demo)
15 Fur (Produced & Replayed By Jóhann)
16 Fur (Replicant Mix)
17 Fur (Keen K Remix)
18 Fur (Divider Remix)

Disc 3 - Live & Rarities
1 Glorious (Radio Edit)
2 Under Your Wing (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
3 Moonbathe Skin (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
4 Our Love, My Love (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
5 When It’s Your Time (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
6 Born To Cry (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
7 I Created Me (Live - Union Chapel, 2000)
8 Under Your Wing (Live - Leicester Cathedral, 2000)
9 Moonbathe Skin (Live - Wilton’s Music Hall, 2008)
10 End In Tears (Live - Almeida Theatre, 2004)
11 Amo Vitam (Remastered 2018) Rosenstolz & Marc Almond
12 Total Eclipse (Long Version - Remastered 2018) Rosenstolz & Marc Almond
13 All My Angels Falling Pyx-Lax & Marc Almond
14 Dark Age Of Love (Original Mix) Mad Drivers Feat. Marc Almond
25 May 2022

Marc's 2022 UK tour has now been fully rescheduled and the full list of dates and venues is as below. Tickets go on pre-sale tomorrow, 26 May, and general sale on 27 May. Ticket links will be shown on the Live page. The previously planned London Roundhouse show has been moved to the London Palladium. All tickets bought direct from the Roundhouse will be refunded. Tickets bought on Ticketmaster will be automatically transferred to the Palladium show.

16 October 2022 - London Palladium, London
17 October 2022 - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
18 October 2022 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
20 October 2022 - Opera House, Buxton
21 October 2022 - Barbican, York
22 October 2022 - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
24 October 2022 - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
25 October 2022 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
26 October 2022 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

16 May 2022

The reviews for *Happiness Not Included have been fantastic. Here are a small selection of some of our favourites:

An album that makes the very best of their vantage point as synth-pop elders with an eye on the future. **** - The Guardian
An album that makes the very best of their vantage point as synth-pop elders with an eye on the future. **** - The Guardian
Here is how you’d hope the 21st century would sound. Mightily impressive. 9/10 - Classic Pop
Four decades into their career, Soft Cell have rarely sounded more current. **** - Daily Telegraph
Buoyed by an undimmed pop instinct and Almond’s waspish wit. **** - Uncut
A fabulous comeback. **** - Daily Star
They are – rightly – still adored. And long may it continue. **** - The Arts Desk
Soft Cell prove themselves masters of synth-pop. ***** - Retro Pop
Synth legends Soft Cell serve up darkness you can dance to (again). - The Line of Best Fit
A band looking as much to its future as its past. - Clash
Dazzling and insanely brilliant. - The Times
In an alternative universe, it would be Number One. **** - Mojo
Synth pioneers offer a grimy and jaded gem. **** - Metro

14 May 2022

A BIG BIG THANK YOU to everyone who’s bought *Happiness Not Included, taking us to Number 7 in the official album charts which is fantastic. We were actually as high as 2 in the midweek chart but we lost out on streaming numbers as it’s just not something that a lot of Soft Cell and Marc fans do, preferring CDs and Vinyls. And it is with that in mind that Soft Cell with the Pet Shop Boys Purple Zone went straight in at number 1 in the official physical charts top 100. This is fantastic and thank you all so much. This is an important and real chart based on sales.

There are so many charts these days it’s very confusing but Soft Cell can say they’ve had their second number 1 record, 40 years apart which is a great thing to be relevant all these years later. You have given us great support and from your reactions you have genuinely loved the album and Purple Zone single. This is a great year for Soft Cell. Thank you all

9 May 2022

The rumours are true! Soft Cell are heading to the US and Canada THIS AUGUST for the first time in two decades. See them perform Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret live, plus all the hits and songs from their acclaimed new album *Happiness not included. Tickets go on sale this week, see the Live page for a list of all dates, ticket links and the presale codes where available.

6 May 2022

The brand new studio album from Soft Cell, Happiness Not Included, is released today! Available on CD, coloured vinyl, picture disc, cassette and streaming. There are several money saving bundle options available too. To order please visit softcell.lnk.to/Happiness











24 April 2022

On 20 May 2022 Marc will be performing with John Harle and orchestra as part of the Bauhaus festival at The Barbican in London. The event will be recorded for a future broadcast. The whole event will be for an invited audience only, tickets are not available. However, we have 30 tickets to give away to a few lucky fans. You can apply for a single ticket or a pair and you must be able to be at The Barbican in London on 20 May between 5.30pm and 10pm. To be in with a chance of winning these exclusive tickets, please fill out this simple form. Tickets are non transferable so please only apply if you can attend. One entry per person, multiple entries will be cancelled. Closing date for entries is 11 May 2022 and lucky winners will be informed as soon as possible. Good luck!

10 April 2022

The Marc Bolan 45th Anniversary Celebration: Shepherd’s Bush Empire - Saturday 17 September 2022

T Rextasy, Marc Almond and Neal X present a star-studded evening celebrating the incredible music of Marc Bolan and T Rex to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Marc’s untimely death. Featuring T Rex producer extraordinaire Tony Visconti, former bandmates Andy Ellison and saxophonist Howie Casey, The Damned legend David Vanian, Holly Johnson, Toyah, The Dirty Pretty Strings and many more. Tickets are available now and selling fast. Get yours now from http://gigst.rs/tmb




7 April 2022

I want to give a big thank you to Paul Green of Paul Green Productions for doing this lovely lyric video for me for Moonlit Night, the Ukrainian folk song I recorded that is available on my website for download for a small donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

I didn't mean to sound a bit despondent and ungrateful in my last posts about this song on my media, you are always so generous to everything I do but I wanted to spur more people on to donate and it worked wonderfully as donations doubled. It's a tiny amount really and my band all gave up some time to be involved and I think it's a beautiful song. But even if you never listen to it again, it's all about a small donation. I think we’ve all been affected by what we’ve been seeing, reading and hearing about. There’s not a lot you or I can do really in the big scheme of things but singers and musicians are trying make their voices heard in support of what is an unfolding tragedy.

Moonlit Night is still available from the links below the video

Thank you all so much.




What A Moonlit Night
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2 April 2022

Thank you so much for all those who have downloaded the song Moonlit Night and donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal. You are most generous and kind.

Overall, the response has been disappointing. Only around 500 people, though great, is just a small portion from a large database. I would have hoped that more of my fans would have responded with a small amount of generosity. I didn’t have the luxury of a prime time TV spot to promote it and we’d hoped to play it on the postponed UK tour but sadly that couldn’t happen.

It’s not about whether you like the song or not (maybe you don’t and that’s OK), it’s just a vehicle to donate a tiny amount of money in the grand scheme of things; a cup of coffee... and a biscuit.

I know you’re always being asked to donate for this, that and the other, we are all asked for so much but I believe this is something very worthwhile and hope you do to.

If you haven't yet purchased the track, I would be very grateful if you could, if you are able.

Thank you all so much

Marc X

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You can download the song for a small donation of £5. Once you have completed purchase you will be forwarded to a unique page where you can download the track as either a MP3 file or as a ZIP file - you will not be emailed a separate link. There is a separate button to make an additional donation for those that wish to, it would be appreciated and very generous. It is not really about the song as the song is just a vehicle for the donation.

All the money will go to THE DISASTER EMERGENCY COMMITTEE - UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL. There are a few funds but I think this is a good one as every penny is matched. It doesn’t go towards military things but to the aid of the displaced and suffering.

What A Moonlit Night
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28 March 2022

TOUR DATES POSTPONED

We are extremely sorry to let you know that next week's tour will have to be postponed and rescheduled (yet again) due to Marc and band members testing positive with Covid.

You have all been long suffering with these reschedules and unfortunately it’s the nature of the times we are currently living in. We all look forward to a Covid free time.

Marc wants to tell you how upset and frustrated he is, especially as we had all been working hard rehearsing a brand new set.

Marc's symptoms are not too serious but he is certainly not well enough to perform and currently remains an infectious risk to others.

Everyone’s ticket are valid for the new dates as soon as we can confirm them.

Once again we feel really bad for you, the long suffering fans.

This does not apply to the upcoming European dates at this point as we are hoping to get negative results and be recovered by then.

19 March 2022

Looking for a Ukrainian song, with a view to recording one for one of the Ukrainian funds, I came across this beautiful folk song from the 19th Century called What A Moonlit Night or Moonlit Night. It’s a song that Ukrainians know from childhood and already it is posted on line as a song dedicated to brave Ukrainians. There are many lovely versions but the version that struck me as really wonderful and moving was by the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra arranged by Diana Novak and composed by Mykola Lysenko with lyrics by Mykhailo Starytsky. Martin Watkins used this version as the inspiration for his arrangement of the song.

The wonderful and generous members of my band added their parts, recording at home so as to not incur costs. We all wanted to be a part of the track. Thank you to: Martin Watkins for his arrangement, piano and MD; Neal X for guitars, mixing the track and helping me with the vocal recording; Martin McCarick for accordian; Kimberlee McCarrick for violin; Hugh Wilkinson for drums and percussion; Phil Bloomberg for double bass; Natasha Whitmore for Clarinet. Thanks to all of them for giving their time.

I sadly cannot sing in Ukrainian and couldn’t find someone to help me at short notice so I hope Ukrainians will forgive me singing a beloved song in English. I based my lyrics on a traditional translation but added my own touches to make it work for my English version.

The song is not Political as such but it references the beautiful nature of the country as a setting for the comfort and support of a friend or lover and a feeling of bravery, not being afraid of the night gives it relevant meaning. The reference to the night being so bright that you can collect needles is typically Ukrainian in the original song.

You can download the song for a small donation of £5. Once you have completed purchase you will be forwarded to a unique page where you can download the track as either a MP3 file or as a ZIP file - you will not be emailed a separate link. There is a separate button to make an additional donation for those that wish to, it would be appreciated and very generous. It is not really about the song as the song is just a vehicle for the donation.

All the money will go to THE DISASTER EMERGENCY COMMITTEE - UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL. There are a few funds but I think this is a good one as every penny is matched. It doesn’t go towards military things but to the aid of the displaced and suffering.

I’ve never been to Ukraine, every time it looked like I was going to go it sadly fell through. A couple of years ago I was finally given some Ukrainian dates that looked like they were finally going to happen but then the Pandemic happened. I hope one day I get to go there.

Thank you so much.

Marc

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18 March 2022

Marc will be calling into the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 22 March for the world exclusive first play of the Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys collaboration, Purple Zone. Marc will also be chatting to Zoe about the single and the new Soft Cell album amongst other things, so make sure to tune in from 7:45am at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h8z5t



The official video for Purple Zone, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys' first-ever joint collaboration, is set to premiere on Tuesday 22 March at 8am GMT. If you’d like to be among the first to see it, subscribe to the official Soft Cell channel and hit ‘Set Reminder’ now at SoftCell.lnk.to/PurpleZoneVideo



3 March 2022

We are thrilled to announce Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys’ first-ever joint collaboration, a brand new recording of Purple Zone. This amazing pop moment will be released on 22 March and is available to pre-save now at softcell.lnk.to/PurpleZone - physical formats will be available to pre-order shortly.

Written by Soft Cell, Purple Zone is now a duet, with lead vocals from Marc Almond and Neil Tennant and production by Dave Ball and Pet Shop Boys. More to be revealed very soon!

Purple Zone is taken from Soft Cell’s new album, *Happiness not inon 6 May - Order now at softcell.lnk.to/Happiness

10 February 2022

Unfortunately the forthcoming live shows for Spain, Netherlands and Belgium have been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2023. It's very frustrating but beyond our control. For the current list of confirmed live dates, please see the Live page.

9 February 2022

It's nearly 16 years in April since Gene Pitney sadly passed away. Somethings Gotten Hold Of My Heart will have just finished a 4 week run at number one in the UK IN 1989. I’d like to let everyone know about a recently released auto biography of Gene called the The Singer, The Songs, The Songwriters by Gene's manager, David McGrath. The book contains my memories of working with Gene. It seems a good time to remember him and celebrate his musical legacy - it's always a good time, his distinctive voice and singer of big ballads as well as a songwriter. I’ll always be grateful to Gene for being so gracious in taking part in my version of the song he had a hit with, amongst many others, in the 1960’s. A duet that as well as being number one for so many weeks here in the UK, was an international hit. The book is available now on Amazon.

4 February 2022

The Gaslight Troubadours have made a fantastic Film Noir version of Salambo which features Marc and Neal X. You can watch it below or pop over to YouTube and see it there.

25 January 2022

Marc is delighted to announced his first British live tour in nearly three years. Marc will be performing songs from his last top 20 album, Chaos And A Dancing Star, released in March 2020, plus many favourites from his extensive catalogue and his biggest hits. Marc always has surprises up his sleeve!

Marc's last album, Chaos and a Dancing Star, was released to critical acclaim just before the pandemic and lockdown. Marc was able to perform a one off concert in February 2020 at the Festival Hall with co-writer producer Chris Braide, joined by guest Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, so this will see it's first full tour outing.

31 March - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
2 April - Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
4 April - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
7 April - Symohony Hall, Birmingham
10 April - Roundhouse, London

Tickets available now from ticketmaster.co.uk

15 January 2022

Soft Cell perform Purple Zone at the Tate Britain in Heather Philipson’s installation RUPTURE No1 Blowtorching the Bitten Peach. There’s just one week left to visit Heather's work at The Tate in London. Big thank you to the Tate and Heather.



6 January 2022

The Loveless will be headlining the Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival in Whitby on Saturday 29 October 2022
Full weekend tickets are available now from: here
Saturday night only tickets are available from: here

The Loveless new album, Wild In The Streets, is also available now from: The Loveless

28 December 2021

Throughout lockdown, when rules relaxed enough, Marc recorded all the vocals for the new Soft Cell album, Happiness Not Included, at the famous Dean Street Studios with engineer Jonny Solway. Marc returned to the studio last week to record this interview discussing Happiness Not Included track by track, the recent live shows and all things Soft Cell.

7 December 2021

It's that time of year again! For your festive entertainment, here's another showing of the online Christmas show we did last year. Hope you enjoy it again.

video no longer available
24 November 2021

The Soft Cell tour has recieved some incredible feedback and fantastic reviews. A couple of fantastic reviews you may wish to check out are Louder Than War and this four star review from The Telegraph.

10 November 2021

The Soft Cell tour starts tonight! To help everyone plan their travel, the stage time for tonight is 7.45pm, Leeds will be 7pm (due to a curfew) and Manchester and London will be 8pm.

Have a superb time!

6 November 2021

Soft Cell perform Purple Zone at the Tate Britain in Heather Philipson’s installation RUPTURE No1 Blowtorching the Bitten Peach. There’s still time to visit Heather's work at The Tate which is on until 22 January 2022. Big thank you to the Tate and Heather.

Soft Cell will be on a short tour of the UK next week. See the Live page for dates and ticket details.



1 November 2021

Marc and Neal X have co-written a track with The Gaslight Troubadours called Salambo that appears on their new album Curse of The Gaslights. Marc also did the cover artwork and appears in the video for the track which you can watch below. The limited edition CD version of the album and the digital download version are available from https://gaslighttroubadours.bandcamp.com/album/curse-of-the-gaslights

Enjoy!

16 September 2021

To commemorate the death of Marc Bolan and to celebrate his birthday this month we are showing for a limited time the Bolan Celebration we recorded during lockdown last year with T.Rextasy and a host of wonderful guests.

Keep a little Marc in your heart

14 September 2021

Heart Like Chernobyl by Soft Cell performing in Heather Phillipson’s RUPTURE NO1 Blowtorching The Bitten Peach at The Tate Britain. Thank you to Heather and The Tate. Catch Heather’s piece at the Tate, on until 22 January 2022.



12 August 2021

We are delighted to present to you the first music from *Happiness not included, in the form of this brilliant lyric video for Heart Like Chernobyl by upcoming producer Ewan McWilliam.

"When I wrote the music to Heart Like Chernobyl it was at the height of lockdown and I had been alone for about 6 weeks. I was feeling a bit Joy Division and recalled their track Isolation. I played, programmed & recorded the track digitally in my home studio - Kitchen Sink Drama. The track title was Marc's idea, as was the subject matter." - Dave Ball.

Those of you who have pre-ordered the album already at https://softcell.tmstor.es will receive a download tomorrow.

We really hope you love it.



28 July 2021

Soft Cell – New album and live dates!

We are delighted to announce the brand new album from Soft Cell and some very exciting live dates to celebrate 40 years of Non Stop Erotic Cabaret.

The new album, Happiness Not Included, will be released via BMG in Spring 2022. The album will be available as a deluxe CD, digital download, yellow vinyl, picture disc and even cassette! There will be a number of ‘bundle’ options available too.

To increase the excitement even more – we can announce some live dates for later this year taking in Glasgow Manchester, Leeds and concluding at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo. The show will feature Non Stop Erotic Cabaret performed in full and many of the hits and fan favourites. Selected tracks from the forthcoming album will also be previewed.

Tickets for the shows go on general sale at 10am on Friday 6 August from http://www.myticket.co.uk/artists/soft-cell

Access to pre-sale for the tour will be available to those that pre-order Happiness Not Included from https://softcell.tmstor.es/

20 July 2021

The official Music Box Company have released a new limited edition box that plays Soft Cell’s version of Tainted Love! Each music box is £15.95, comes with an individually numbered 1st edition postcard and sales help raise money for Headway, the brain injury association charity that Marc supports.

You can order yours now direct from www.theofficialmusicboxcompany.com



16 July 2021

TAINTED LOVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL RELEASE!

We are delighted to announce the pre-order for a deluxe limited edition 10” pink vinyl (and sleeve!) release of the seminal and timeless Soft Cell classic Tainted Love. Featuring a brilliant new extended mix by Dave Ball, plus freshly remastered versions of the original single and Where Did Our Love Go. It will not be available in the shops, and is strictly limited to a single pressing.

Order yours now via www.softcell.co.uk/tainted-love

Every purchase includes a free download of the three track single package (including the new Dave Ball mix) plus a series of 4 collectable postcards.

Love it all over again...