Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the debut studio album by English synth-pop duo Soft Cell. It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 November 1981 by Some Bizzare Records.[1][2] The album's critical and commercial success was bolstered by the success of its lead single, a cover version of Gloria Jones's song "Tainted Love", which topped the charts worldwide and became the best-selling British single of 1981 in the United States—as a result of the single's success, the album had reported advance orders of more than 200,000 copies.[2] The album spawned two additional top-five singles in the UK: "Bedsitter" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye".

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
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Studio album by
Released27 November 1981 (1981-11-27)
Recorded1981-1982
Studio
Genre
Length40:32
LabelSome Bizzare
ProducerMike Thorne
Soft Cell chronology
Mutant Moments
(1980)
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
(1981)
Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
(1982)
Singles from Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
  1. "Tainted Love"
    Released: 17 July 1981
  2. "Bedsitter"
    Released: 29 October 1981
  3. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
    Released: January 1982

RecordingEdit

The album was created on a limited budget; it was supposedly recorded almost entirely with a ReVox tape recorder, a borrowed Roland drum machine belonging to Kit Hain, a small, preset Roland bass synthesizer, and an NED Synclavier, belonging to producer Mike Thorne.[citation needed] The group caused some controversy in the United Kingdom over the song "Sex Dwarf", the music video of which was banned due to its explicit, S&M-related content.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
Rolling Stone     [6]
Rolling Stone Russia     [7]
Select4/5[8]
The Village VoiceB+[9]

Reviews for the album were mixed. Melody Maker said, "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret... confronts clubland with its patchy past, rubs perspective in its pretty painted face and acts like it means nothing... Aggressively embarrassing, Cabaret is the brashest, most brilliant and least-caring indictment of pop music's bankruptcy I've ever heard. No compassion, no sorrow, no joy, it just faces facts and moves to the motions... Like traditional cabaret, the whole thing parodies true emotion and like the best subversive cabaret its shallowness makes those devalued emotions even more painful – the very real decadence of this album springs from its callous realisation of pop's impotency, and yet its bored resignation to the ritual."[10] However, NME found the album's premise was hollow, complaining that "the Soft Cell sex strategy should offer something spicy, rude and even a little wonderful... but Soft Cell are conceptualists who rely on too many preconceptions and play around with too many ideas to convince you of any personal energy or commitment... Soft Cell are very plain fare – unspectacular music and very drab and flat lyrics, wrapped in a hint of special promise which is never realised."[11]

AccoladesEdit

CMJ New Music Report included Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret on a list of The Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time.[12] American magazine Out placed the album at number 66 on their list of The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time).[13] It was also included in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by David Ball and Marc Almond, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Frustration"4:12
2."Tainted Love" (writer: Ed Cobb)2:34
3."Seedy Films"5:05
4."Youth"3:15
5."Sex Dwarf"5:15
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Entertain Me"3:35
7."Chips on My Shoulder"4:05
8."Bedsitter"3:36
9."Secret Life"3:37
10."Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"5:24

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.[18][19]

Soft CellEdit

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Vicious Pink Phenomena – backing vocals
  • David Tofani – saxophone (track 1); clarinet (track 3)

TechnicalEdit

  • Mike Thorne – production
  • Don Wershba – engineering (tracks 1, 3–10)
  • Paul Hardiman – engineering (track 2)
  • Harvey Goldberg – mixing
  • Nicky Kalliongis – engineering assistance
  • Andy Hoggman – engineering assistance
  • Michael Christopher – engineering assistance
  • Jack Skinner – mastering
  • Arun Chakraverti – mastering
  • Daniel Miller – production (1996 reissue)
  • David Ball – production (1996 reissue)

ArtworkEdit

  • Peter Ashworth – photography
  • Huw Feather – padded cell
  • Andrew Prewett – design
  • Richard Smith – liner notes (1996 reissue)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

NotesEdit

  1. ^ All tracks except "Tainted Love"
  2. ^ "Tainted Love"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harrigan, Brian (21 November 1981). "Soft Cell's Bizarre Eroticism". Melody Maker. London. p. 5. ISSN 0025-9012.
  2. ^ a b NME. London. 28 November 1981. p. 43. ISSN 0028-6362. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Irvin, Jim; McLear, Colin, eds. (2007). The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion (4th ed.). Canongate Books. p. 464. ISBN 978-1-84195-973-3. Retrieved 7 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret – Soft Cell". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2011). "Soft Cell". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. Retrieved 7 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Fricke, David (13 May 1982). "Soft Cell: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2007.
  7. ^ Bukharin, Andrew (June 2009). "Soft Cell "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret"". Rolling Stone Russia (in Russian). Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  8. ^ Scott, Danny (May 1992). "Soft Cell: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret / Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing / The Art of Falling Apart / Last Night in Sodom; Marc and the Mambas: Untitled / Torment and Toreros". Select. No. 23. p. 85. ISSN 0959-8367.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (9 March 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ Sutherland, Steve (28 November 1981). "Review: Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Melody Maker. London. p. 16. ISSN 0025-9012.
  11. ^ Martin, Gavin (28 November 1981). "Review: Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". NME. London. p. 37. ISSN 0028-6362.
  12. ^ "The Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time". CMJ New Music Report. Vol. 74 no. 5. 6 January 2003. p. 12. ISSN 0890-0795. Retrieved 3 January 2011 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time)". Out. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  14. ^ "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret [UK Bonus Tracks] – Soft Cell". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
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  18. ^ Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (liner notes). Soft Cell. Some Bizzare Records. 1981. BZLP 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  19. ^ Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (remastered reissue liner notes). Soft Cell. Some Bizzare Records. 1996. 532595-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  21. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0463". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  22. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  23. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Charts.nz – Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
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  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Soft Cell Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Soft Cell Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Top 100 Albums 82". RPM. Vol. 37 no. 19. 25 December 1982. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 3 August 2019 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  30. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Jones, Alan (1983). "The Top 100 UK Albums". Chart File Volume 2. London: Virgin Books. pp. 82–83. ISBN 0-907080-73-1.
  31. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Music Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". British Phonographic Industry. 15 November 1982. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.