Effective period / Period of releases: 1980 - 2019
Members: Marc Almond, Dave BallSoft Cell was an English synthesizer duo during the early 1980s (later re-formed). They consisted of Marc Almond (vocals) and David Ball (synthesizers). Their lyrics often focused on love and romance as well as the darker side of life, with subjects such as kinky sex, transvestism, drugs and murder. They had a huge world-wide hit in 1981 with a cover version of "Tainted Love", a northern soul classic originally sung by Gloria Jones (the wife of Marc Bolan), that they refused to follow up with another pop song, preferring to focus on their Jean Genet/Jacques Brel-influenced songs.