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The Twelve Inch Singles

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Although a vinyl box set appeared during the early 1980s, and several of the mixes therein were subsequently appended to CD reissues of Soft Cell's regular albums, 1999's three-CD The Twelve Inch Singles represented the first ever corralling of the duo's entire extended remix output, and with it, undying evidence for Soft Cell's claim to immortality. Great 45s and terrific albums told only part of the story, after all. Across their earliest 12" singles, the sequence that led from "Memorabilia" to "Torch," Soft Cell utterly rejuvenated a format that had been growing increasingly stale and uninspired, not only offering purchasers more music for their money, but ensuring that it was music they'd actually want, as opposed to an extra few minutes of beat nailed onto the outro. And so "Tainted Love" segued into a breathless lament through "Where Did Our Love Go?"; "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye," commenced with a three minute-plus clarinet solo, and "Torch" descended into a spoken word passage in which guest vocalist Cindi Ecstacy reduces Almond's attempts at fawning fan worship to ashes. Later in life, with the duo now bucking against the European Top 40 fame that had so unexpectedly embraced them, Soft Cell's 12"s stretched even further. Routinely doubling the length of the familiar 45s, the hysterical angst of the B-side "It's a Mug's Game," the haunting dismissiveness of "Numbers," and the percussive self-destruction of "Soul Inside" transformed songs that weren't that friendly to begin with into veritable fire storms of assaultive dynamics. By the time one reaches the final salvo of releases -- a pair of James Bond covers, a forgotten BBC radio session, and the electric "Down in the Subway" -- Soft Cell were all but unrecognizable as the sweet young things who sang "Tainted Love" just three years before. Their final single closed with a brittle cover of the Heartbreakers' "Born to Lose," and so, it seemed, it had turned out. Soft Cell broke up not because they wanted to, but because it was the only way they could ever achieve what they really needed. Completing and concluding the saga, the The Twelve Inch Singles package closes with four 1991 remixes. The initial 1999 release, however, also packed a "Club 69 Future Mix" of "Tainted Love," a track whose inclusion apparently so dismayed Marc Almond that he requested the release be withdrawn before issue (around 4,000 copies escaped to the stores). It finally returned to stores in 2001 with a revised version omitting the offending mix and, quite honestly, it isn't really missed. ~ Dave Thompson

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The Twelve Inch Singles

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DISC 1

1
Memorabilia (Extended Version) 00:07:37

Soft Cell, MainArtist - Daniel Miller, Producer - Marc Almond, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

2
Persuasion 00:07:35

Dave Ball, Mixer, Music Production, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Daniel Miller, Producer - Marc Almond, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

3
Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version) 00:08:57

Dave Ball, Music Production, Synthesizer Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Holland Jr., ComposerLyricist - ED COBB, ComposerLyricist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Mike Thorne, Producer - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Hardiman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

4
Tainted Dub / Where Did Our Love Go? 00:09:14

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Holland Jr., ComposerLyricist - ED COBB, ComposerLyricist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Mike Thorne, Producer - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

5
Bedsitter (Extended Version) 00:07:52

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

6
Facility Girls (12" Single Extended Version) 00:07:16

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

7
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Extended Version) 00:08:55

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

8
Fun City 00:07:33

Tim Taylor, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne Hogan, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Torch (Extended Version) 00:08:29

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

2
Insecure Me (Extended Version) 00:08:16

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

3
What! (Extended Version - Original 12" Edit) 00:06:10

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - H.B. BARNUM, ComposerLyricist - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

4
So (Extended Version) 00:08:44

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

5
Where The Heart Is (12" Version) 00:09:46

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

6
It's A Mug's Game 00:08:10

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

7
Numbers (12 Inch Version) 00:10:25

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist - Harvey Goldberg, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

8
Barriers 00:07:09

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 3

1
Soul Inside (12" Mix) 00:11:50

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

2
Loving You Hating Me (12" Version) 00:06:40

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

3
You Only Live Twice (12 " Version) 00:06:58

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - John Barry, ComposerLyricist - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

4
007 Theme 00:03:34

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - John Barry, ComposerLyricist - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

5
Her Imagination 00:05:20

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - John Sparrow, Producer - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

6
Down In The Subway (12" Version) 00:07:50

Jack Hammer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1984 Mercury Records Limited

7
Disease And Desire 00:04:04

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1984 Mercury Records Limited

8
Born To Lose 00:02:54

Dave Ball, Producer, Synthesizer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, Producer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Thunders, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 1984 Mercury Records Limited

9
Memorabilia '91 (Extended Grid Remix - 12" Version) 00:06:51

Soft Cell, MainArtist - Daniel Miller, Producer - Marc Almond, ComposerLyricist - The Grid, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

10
Tainted Love '91 (Mendelsohn Remix - 12" Version) 00:05:52

ED COBB, ComposerLyricist - Mike Thorne, Producer - Julian Mendelsohn, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Soft Cell, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

11
Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91 (Mendelsohn Remix) 00:05:04

Mike Thorne, Producer - Julian Mendelsohn, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, ComposerLyricist - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

12
Where The Heart Is '91 (The Grid Remix) 00:08:34

Mike Thorne, Producer - Soft Cell, MainArtist - Marc Almond, ComposerLyricist - The Grid, Re-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David James Ball, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

Although a vinyl box set appeared during the early 1980s, and several of the mixes therein were subsequently appended to CD reissues of Soft Cell's regular albums, 1999's three-CD The Twelve Inch Singles represented the first ever corralling of the duo's entire extended remix output, and with it, undying evidence for Soft Cell's claim to immortality. Great 45s and terrific albums told only part of the story, after all. Across their earliest 12" singles, the sequence that led from "Memorabilia" to "Torch," Soft Cell utterly rejuvenated a format that had been growing increasingly stale and uninspired, not only offering purchasers more music for their money, but ensuring that it was music they'd actually want, as opposed to an extra few minutes of beat nailed onto the outro. And so "Tainted Love" segued into a breathless lament through "Where Did Our Love Go?"; "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye," commenced with a three minute-plus clarinet solo, and "Torch" descended into a spoken word passage in which guest vocalist Cindi Ecstacy reduces Almond's attempts at fawning fan worship to ashes. Later in life, with the duo now bucking against the European Top 40 fame that had so unexpectedly embraced them, Soft Cell's 12"s stretched even further. Routinely doubling the length of the familiar 45s, the hysterical angst of the B-side "It's a Mug's Game," the haunting dismissiveness of "Numbers," and the percussive self-destruction of "Soul Inside" transformed songs that weren't that friendly to begin with into veritable fire storms of assaultive dynamics. By the time one reaches the final salvo of releases -- a pair of James Bond covers, a forgotten BBC radio session, and the electric "Down in the Subway" -- Soft Cell were all but unrecognizable as the sweet young things who sang "Tainted Love" just three years before. Their final single closed with a brittle cover of the Heartbreakers' "Born to Lose," and so, it seemed, it had turned out. Soft Cell broke up not because they wanted to, but because it was the only way they could ever achieve what they really needed. Completing and concluding the saga, the The Twelve Inch Singles package closes with four 1991 remixes. The initial 1999 release, however, also packed a "Club 69 Future Mix" of "Tainted Love," a track whose inclusion apparently so dismayed Marc Almond that he requested the release be withdrawn before issue (around 4,000 copies escaped to the stores). It finally returned to stores in 2001 with a revised version omitting the offending mix and, quite honestly, it isn't really missed. ~ Dave Thompson

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