It seems like only yesterday [cue harp run…] when Soft Cell were having their final concerts before absolutely packing it in back three years ago following their final concert and releasing an ultrabox of it, along with a nine disc box of rarities with a DVD. They managed to wrap it all up in elaborate [not inexpensive] bows, and now, in the middle of a pandemic no less, Marc Almond and David Ball decided to press on with more work. Merely twenty years on from their last opus, “Cruelty Without Beauty.” [Which feels like it came out yesterday…]
Soft Cell: *Happiness Not Included – UK – CD 
- Happy Happy
- Bruises On My Illusions
- Purple Zone
- Heart Like Chernobyl
- Light Sleepers
- Happiness Not Included
- Nostalgia Machine
- I’m Not a Friend of God
- New Eden
The new album will be the wickedly titled “*Happiness Not Included” to be released in the spring of 2022. The titles look like Marc is properly appalled by the events of the last 20 years as he responds with a jaded eye and helpings of jet black humor. The Soft Cell website contained a quote from Mr. Almond which is worth repeating here in its entirety.
Bravo, Marc! He sounds properly fired up to make art. I am chagrined that I have not heard any of his undoubtedly excellent solo work past…[ulp] 31 years ago! Apart from the EMI odds and sods collection of “Treasure Box,” the last Almond solo album I had was “Tenement Symphony.
Of course, since they are reneging on their promise to split for good, it goes without saying that they are also touring after their “final” show. This November there will be a UK tour of several dates where the full “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” album will be played in its entirety along with some of the new songs, of course. I can’t believe that has not happened before. I also can’t believe that it will actually go down with Covid-Delta cutting a swath through the world right now with few signs of stopping. But for the optimists among you, here are the dates.
SOFT CELL: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret UK Tour – 2021
Nov. 10 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Nov. 12 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Nov. 13 – Leeds O2 Academy
Nov. 15 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Nov. 16 – London Hammersmith Apollo
The new album is available in a series of bundles ranging from the simple to complex, but the interesting thing is that there’s no format of the album with unique songs in this or that bundle. Anyone who wants the album will get it from the bare minimum to the full maximum. But here’s what is available in the webstore:
- Hardbook CD
- Yellow LP
- Yellow Cassette
- Picture Disc LP
Many of these come with a signed print with prices ranging from $10-90 American. I will just need the CD, but the hardback CD from the store is $21. If “deals” mean anything in this fallen world I have to admit that if I were plunking down $21 for the hardback CD, I may as well splurge and get the hardback CD/Cassette/Signed Print package for the bargainous sum of just $4.00 more! Your mileage may vary, but hit the button and find out for yourself. Come spring of next year we’ll have another Soft Cell album for our respective Record Cells.