Soft Cell – Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing (1982) – Lp
Artist: Soft Cell
Title: Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
Label: Vertigo Records
“Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing” is an album by English synthpop duo Soft Cell.
It produced a top five hit, a cover of Judy Street’s 1966 song “What?”, as well as remixes of both sides of the band’s first single, “A Man Could Get Lost” and “Memorabilia”, B side of second single “Tainted Love” and two non-single tracks from the first album “Non Stop Erotic Cabaret”.
The album is widely recognised as being one of the first house records in the United Kingdom, as well as the first record in the UK to feature turntable scratches.
However, it is notable that the scratch sounds heard on the record were not created on actual turntables but, rather, on producer Mike Thorne’s Serge synthesizer. As the name implies, “Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing” was conceived, by the band’s own admission, under the influence of MDMA (commonly referred to as ecstasy).
The album and its inspiration, “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”, were both recorded almost simultaneously in New York City at a time when its gay club scene was just beginning to emerge.
Vocalist Marc Almond later admitted in an interview, that the album’s sound, as well as the sound of the band, was influenced by a short stint working at The Warehouse, a popular nightclub in Leeds.
The album is much more dance-oriented than “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”, with extended versions and instrumental cuts of various songs from its predecessor as well as several new tracks.
1. Memorabilia (5:22)
2. Where Did Our Love Go (4:12)
3. What (4:33)
1. A Man Could Get Lost (4:05)
2. Chips On My Shoulder (4:26)
3. Sex Dwarf (5:15)