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)
Recorded1980 -1981
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 Korg SB-100 Synthe Bass, and an NED Synclavier, belonging to producer Mike Thorne. Ball noted the Synclavier would usually have been well beyond the band's means, costing £120,000: "That was our technological advantage over the other synth bands at the time. In fact, I remember Don Was calling me – desperate to know how we got those sounds."[3] 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.[4]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [6]
Record Mirror     [7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Rolling Stone Russia     [9]
Select4/5[10]
Smash Hits8½/10[11]
The Village VoiceB+[12]

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."[13] 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."[14]

AccoladesEdit

CMJ New Music Report included Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret on a list of The Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time.[15] American magazine Out placed the album at number 66 on their list of The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time).[16] It was also included in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[17]

Track listingEdit

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

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Frustration" 4:12
2."Tainted Love"Ed Cobb2:34
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
1996 remastered CD bonus tracks[18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Where Did Our Love Go?" (B-side of "Tainted Love")3:14
12."Memorabilia" (B-side of "A Man Can Get Lost" in the UK and "Tainted Love" in the US) 4:49
13."Facility Girls" (B-side of "Bedsitter") 2:25
14."Fun City" (Marc and the Mambas B-side of "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" 12″ single) 7:45
15."Torch" (non-album single) 4:08
16."Insecure...Me?" (B-side of "Torch") 4:39
17."What?" (non-album single)H. B. Barnum2:50
18."....So" (B-side of "What?")Ball3:47
2002 remastered CD bonus tracks[19]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" (12″ mix)
  • Cobb
  • B. Holland
  • Dozier
  • E. Holland
8:55
12."Tainted Dub" (12″ mix)Cobb9:12
2008 deluxe edition – disc one bonus tracks (Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing)[20]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Memorabilia" 5:20
12."Where Did Our Love Go?"
  • B. Holland
  • Dozier
  • E. Holland
4:22
13."What?"Barnum4:31
14."A Man Could Get Lost" 3:57
15."Chips on My Shoulder" 4:28
16."Sex Dwarf" 5:10
17."Torch" (bonus track) 4:08
18."A Man Can Get Lost" (bonus track) 3:18
2008 deluxe edition – disc two[20]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Memorabilia" (extended) 7:45
2."Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?" (12″ mix)
  • Cobb
  • B. Holland
  • Dozier
  • E. Holland
9:02
3."Bedsitter" (extended) 7:52
4."Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (extended) 8:53
5."Torch" (extended) 8:27
6."What?" (extended)Barnum6:06
7."Persuasion" 7:38
8."Facility Girls" 2:21
9."Fun City" 7:44
10."Insecure...Me?" (Extended) 8:14
11."....So"Ball3:49

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.[21][22]

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)[35] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Platinum 300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Except "Tainted Love"
  2. ^ "Tainted Love"

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ Cooper, Mark (28 November 1981). "Sympathetic Synthesis". Record Mirror. London. p. 16. ISSN 0144-5804.
  8. ^ Fricke, David (13 May 1982). "Soft Cell: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Rolling Stone. New York. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  11. ^ Cranna, Ian (26 November – 9 December 1981). "Soft Cell: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret". Smash Hits. Vol. 3 no. 24. London. p. 25. ISSN 0260-3004.
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