Stop Ecstatic Dancing (Reviewed by wavemeister):
Cell 'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing', released in 1982/rereleased in 1998
on EMI, Synthpop
Where Did Our Love Go? (4.22)
A Man Could Get Lost (4.05)
Chips On My Shoulder (4.26)
Sex Dwarf (5.15)
Did Our Love Go (Extended) (8.57)
Memorabilia (Extended) (7.45)
What! (Extended) (6.11)
So (Extended) (8.50)
Torch (Extended) (8.30)
Insecure Me (Extended) (8.15)
If you liked
it or not, it was practically impossible to live through the 80s without
listening to 'Tainted Love' on the radio, in the clubs or at a party...
Cell scored a worldwide hit with the coverversion of a song which was
originally performed in the 60s, 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' was released
in 1981. 'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' followed a year later, and it was
pretty daring to release a full Best Of/Remix album, since this concept
was almost unknown then.
Ecstatic Dancing' gathered six of the finest tracks of their career plus
the extended version of their singles which were released until 1982.
of Soft Cell was influenced by many sources, from the pop music of the
60s over the Disco era to the early electronics of the 70s and beginning
80s. Adding their own style, the result was the typical Soft Cell tune,
from the quirky upbeat of 'Chips On My Shoulder' over the irresistible
pop like 'Tainted Love' to dramatic tear jerkers like 'Torch'.
section started with the all-time classic 'Tainted Love/Where Did Our
Love Go', and many people didn´t realized that both tracks were
actually coverversions - Soft Cell managed to make them sound like own
'Memorabilia' is a bit rougher than the single version, and in the longer
edit, it´s even more hypnotic with the pulsating bass line in the
If remixes were known in the 60s, this version of 'What!' might have sounded
like this. Although almost electronic, it still breathes the atmosphere
of Northern Soul.
'So' is the typical sleazy and laszive track that you expect from an album
titled like this. While it´s a bit too long over the duration, it
oozes the feeling of a wet rainy night in a red light-district.
'Torch' lost some of the drama featured in the single version. While the
flugelhorn is wailing over the tune, the track is full of a underdwelling
'Insecure Me' closes this album with the typical Soft Cell sound.
amazing that Soft Cell used scratching, raps and other sounds before they
became generally known in Europe, and they sure had some influence on
other artists, from Pop and Wave to Acid House - Hi-NRG owes a great deal
to this duo for the sounds and style.
'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' is a definite must for collectors and fans
of 80s Pop music.