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‘Tainted Love’ Songs: Soft Cell Reuniting For Final Concert

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Sometimes you feel you’ve got to run away, and that’s what new wave/synth-pop duo Soft Cell is doing with their recently-announced farewell show.

The men behind the classic 1981 hit “Tainted Love” is reuniting for the first time in 15 years on September 30 for a show called “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” — a callback to one of their earlier singles. Vocalist Marc Almond announced the news on social media Wednesday, adding that tickets will go on sale this Friday for a gig at London’s O2 Arena.

“With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished,” Almond told radio DJ Chris Evans recently. “This last ever final show will be the best ever ending. It will be a real statement and sendoff, and thank you to every fan.”

Soft Cell, which includes producer/multi-instrumentalist David Ball, formed nearly 40 years ago while the two were studying at Leeds Polytechnic. They achieved modest success with the release of the EP “Mutant Moments” – now a much sought-after collectors item, and a couple of singles, but hit the big time a few years later. The track that changed everything was a cover of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love,” originally recorded and released in 1964. “Tainted Love” was a worldwide smash for the duo and went on to set a Guinness World Book record (at the time) for longest consecutive stay on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart. Almond dedicated the record to his sometime partner Christian Andrews. The single was included on the band’s album “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret,” a critical and commercial success that is now considered a classic of the era. One of the album’s most notorious videos, “Sex Dwarf” featured a tuxedo-clad Almond directing a symphony orchestra of cross-dressers.

Marilyn Manson covered “Tainted Love” in 2001 and brought the track to a new generation of sex dwarves.

No word yet on whether the Soft Cell goodbye show will be used to launch other engagements and last 20 years, like Cher’s goodbye tour and (possibly) Elton John’s upcoming goodbye tour.

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