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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Most people know Soft Cell for Tainted Love but they had so many more songs that were just as good if not better than Tainted Love. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the classic synth pop/new wave album Tainted Love comes off of but the album contains such cult hits as Sex Dwarf (my favorite as I heard it thousands of times on LIVE 105 in San Francisco in the 80's and into the 90's), Seedy Films which was recently remade by the DMX Krew (they did a really upbeat version while the whole Electroclash sound was happening), Bedsitter and Say Hello Wave Goodbye. Of course this album also contains the extended version of Tainted Love with Where Did Our Love Go. An excellent version worth listening to over and over again. I think this album is underrated given the fact that Tainted Love has been such a HUGE hit the rest of the tracks on here should be given the same praise as Tainted Love has. Excellent release and worth owning and adding to any 80's collection.

SJ

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2000
First off, this album is so much more than just "tainted love". The second track (Soft Cell's biggest hit) was the first reason I looked forward to hearing the CD.
Although a good song, the best part of this album is the remaining 16 songs written by Soft Cell (17 including "Where did our love go?").
This trashy, sleazy, synthy album is a must for any fan of 80s synth pop. I got the album with the extra tracks on it from a friend of mine after I told him about my music tastes. He insisted that I listen to this album, and I have loved it ever since.
Besides the main hit, there are other songs that are even better (in my opinion). What makes these songs so good is the song writing (much like bands such as Depeche Mode... although the songs are NOT the same)
Sex Dwarf, one of the best songs off the album, is a song that sings a chorus about "Luring disco dollies to a life of vice". How can anyone refuse an album that combines the classic catchy 80s synth with amazing lyrics? For an ok remix of this song check out "Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing" (1983).
Also on the album is the song "Bedsitter", which speaks of the dirtier, non-glamorus side of the party/club life. Among the lyrics are phrases like:
"Clean my teeth and comb my hair / and look for something ... new to wear/ start this night life ... over again / and kid-my-self I'm having fun..."
Other songs like "Secret Life" have catchy intro's that take you easily throughout the song, and again the lyrics are worth noticing:
"In your little black book / You got the names and the faces of your favorite pursuasions of the people in the headlines / I'm in there under "A" / you got me rated under "B" / you got photographs to prove it all / but I swear to God its not me..." ... Classic!
Other songs like Youth, Say hello..., and others... I could just sit here and praise them for hours.
Along with amazing lyrics, smooth sleazy synths and loud smashing drum machines, this import of the album contains some extra tracks.
The extra tracks are good, (Memorabilia, What, Where did our love go, in particular) and a great overall bonus of the album. The whole cd runs almost 74 1/2 minutes, I loved the fact they filled it with as much as possible!
If your not a fan of synth pop the album my still interest you because of the unique lyrics (especially for the early 80's). Although, if synth pop is really not your favorite thing to listen to, you may get sick of the sound.
Besides the great songwritting, the album does have a really cool electronic sound. Its totally a classic, get it for "Tainted Love" if you want, but take a minute and listen to the other great tracks.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2005
Bottom line: Apart from THE HUMAN LEAGUE's DARE or maybe SCRITTI POLITTI's CUPID & PYSCHE 85, SOFT CELL'S NON-STOP could be THE best synth-pop albums of all time, not to mention one of the best albums in any genre! It's one of the few full-length albums I revisit over & over, never tiring of it. Not surprisingly, I listened to this NON-STOP when I first bought the LP as a young "impressionable" teen and spent many, many nights in my bedroom with headphones on or twirling around in my room - don't tell me you didn't do the same! Really one of the few 80s albums that doesn't date at all, still sounding as fresh and daring and ground-breaking as did it over two decades ago - NOT ONE BAD SONG IN THE BUNCH! FRUSTRATION kicks it off in fine, paranoid style, but aside from uber-hit-wonder TAINTED LOVE, who can forgot the pleasures of SEEDY FILMS, BEDSITTER, SECRET LIFE, CHIPS ON MY SHOULDER, ENTERTAIN ME, SAY HELLO...?! At once charmingly simple, yet deliciously complex, Marc Almond and Dave Ball have concocted a sexy, sly synth-pop masterpiece for the ages - and like all perfect albums, NON-STOP more than any other SOFT CELL LP takes you back to a very specific time, place, and context that won't ever be repeated quite the smae way again. While they never quite matched this debut, who can blame them? Like us, they're only mere mortals trying to find their way - and explore a few cheap thrills in the process. Still, don't miss later efforts like ART OF FALLING APART and SOUL INSIDE for further brilliance, although a bit more spotty and, like all great things, the law of diminishing returns.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2005
Almond, the singer, is a drama queen, an insatiable sexual creature, a passionate philosopher of the seedier side of life, and a human wrought with angst. That combination is masterfully portrayed in this brutally honest exposure of himself.

What makes Soft Cell so utterly unique is the aforementioned complemented with their poppy, synth-rock sound. Sure, "Tainted Love" is a great song, (especially the bonus track #11 of "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" mix); however, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is so much more than that song. I'm extremely fond of the song "Frustration." It most certainly sets the tone for the rest of the CD. Let me not forget the darkness of "Sex Dwarf;" although I smile during this song, there is a uncomfortable element to it as well.

I would have to include Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret in a top album of all time list.

Soft Cell aptly demonstrates that synth-rock can have depth and rawness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2008
I've had this album on vinyl since it came out (and every other Soft Cell album). I've been searching for the extended version of "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" for almost that long. Thank you for including that version on this album. You made my Friday. In the U.S., Soft Cell was a one-hit wonder (Tainted Love). Maybe it's because I heard that song too many times, but most of their other songs are better than "Tainted Love".

If you like English pop from the 1980's, this would be a good addition to your collection.

Not that it's very important, but they are one of the few popular English bands that sound English when they sing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the best works of Marc Almond and Dave Ball. This is the album that made me become a Soft Cell and a Marc Almond fanatic! The whole album is so good, you can let the whole thing play on your CD player, cassette play, or whatever you have. My personal fav. songs on that album are "Seedy Films", "Youth" (The very first Soft Cell song I've ever heard), "Tainted Love", "Bedsitter", and a whole bunch of songs. If you or someone you know is starting to like Soft Cell but don't know which album to buy, this is the one that made them famous and the one I recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2006
Omly one person that reviewed this CD liked "Tainted Love" exclusively. Another surprise in a list of surprises from others reaction to this CD. I always wonder why their greatest hits packages only contain a few songs from this CD until I realized you would have to include the whole thing to satisfy fans. Therefore it is much better to load the greatest hits packages with more obscure songs from other releases, highlights from less consistent CD's, along with unreleased songs, if possible. Then fans can buy a greatest hits CD and this one and get a complete collection of Soft Cell's music, which stands with the best from any group. Their magic comes in that their music takes you into their world and even though it is filled with depression and futility it is exciting when you observe it rather than experience it. I can easily listen to this CD from beginning to end, but I do have a slightly different view of this CD, than others that reviewed it. I still love it to death, but to me "Sex Dwarf" is entertaining only because of the lyrics, and is, to me, the least musical song on the CD. I also find "Secret Life" to be a highlight among a CD of highlights. It is 3 in the afternoon now so I do have to get up sometime. I better start drinking so I can get rid of this hangover and face the same miserable people I hangout with everyday. A truly unique set of fun music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2003
This is one of the best "synthpop" albums ever made and arguably one of the best albums of any genre. If you like dark songs with poppy melodies, buy this...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2002
This recording does not disappoint, it excels. This is the same as the original vinyl release in content. I find myself skipping over "Seedy Films" and "Secret Life" from time to time, but thats just because "Youth/Sex Dwarf" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" are just THAT good. They even throw in "Tainted Love"... perhaps you've heard that one before? I would highly recommend this release, BUT they released this with BONUS TRACKS and if you can spare the dough you will not be disappointed as their B sides and remixes compare with their other material and also come highly recommended by me. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2002
I cant give more than 5 stars!! =) This release is THAT GOOD. Beginning to end, or end to beginning... its yours to play with as you like. Seriously, I dont skip any songs on this gem (ok maybe "seedy films" and rarely "secret life") I just hit repeat. The Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing with the bonus mixes is the release to get (like TOTALLY!), but after that one grab this one.
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