Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Release date
5 Feb 2002
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Frustration 4:12 29,541
2 Tainted Love 8:58 557,450
3 Seedy Films 5:04 30,487
4 Youth 3:21 25,576
5 Sex Dwarf 5:10 61,368
6 Entertain Me 3:35 25,236
7 Chips On My Shoulder 4:07 28,472
8 Bedsitter 3:37 47,741
9 Secret Life 3:37 21,723
10 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (7" Single Version) 5:26 1,248
11 Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go (Extended Version) 8:58 2,859
12 Tainted Dub / Where Did Our Love Go? 9:16 416

About this album

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the first album released by the synthpop duo Soft Cell, released in 1981 by Some Bizarre Records. The album’s critical and commercial success was bolstered by the worldwide success of its single “Tainted Love”, a cover version of a little-known R&B song by Gloria Jones which topped charts worldwide and became the best-selling British single of 1981 in the United States. The album produced two more Top-5 singles in the UK in “Bedsitter” and the unapologetically sentimental “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.”

Despite the reputation of many new wave bands as being on the cutting edge of technology, the album was created on a very low 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. The album was recorded in New York City at the height of its gay club scene, at a time which the drug MDMA (also called ecstasy) was just beginning to become popular. The sound and club beats of the album reflect this atmosphere, with songs about pornographic cinemas and infidelity, although the album’s themes sprang not from New York but the seedy underworld of early Eighties London. The group caused some controversy in the UK over the single “Sex Dwarf,” the music video of which was banned for explicit, S&M-related content.

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  • CDPETE01

    Brilliant album would'nt believe it was 33 years old,still on my music player once a month at least in some format,the lyrics seem a little more risque everytime I hear them,sat here with my 45 year old girlfriend listening to the album for the first time.her not me .

    24 Aug 9:58pm Reply
  • Phyllobius

    Sounds like the pop album Throbbing Gristle never made. Such a brilliant masterpiece. And it has much more to offer than "Tainted Love".

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • luzzz333

    words cannot describe how important & lifechanging this album was for me. A masterpiece and a musical milestone, and one of the best albums ever.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Pervy pop classic...twisting the pop charts in 1981.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • etaketak

    the greatest thing i've ever heard

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • subdude1361

    sex dwarf isn't it nice

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sp_oiledbrat

    one of my all-time fav's.. especially FRU-FRU-FRU-FRU-STRATION!!!!!!!

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Delightfully surprised by this album. Entirely exhilarating.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lhb1

    One of my favorites from the 80's. Marc can sure sing and love his lyrics.

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • assifrage

    Being American, I learned about the seedy, gay, alternative culture that existed in Great Britain (in the early 80s) from this album.

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • kosta024

    One of my most cherished albums!

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • BumbleBeedle

    The first album I bought :P

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl


    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • buick_mckane

    great album.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
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    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • android1985

    love it

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • SomeSayPrayers

    One of the few albums I could listen to from start to finish, and over & over again.

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    This is like none other. Such a great album. :D

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • melomagnum

    very welll

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • analkitties

    i love it

    6 Dec 2008 Reply
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