Soft Cell ‎– Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Some Bizzare ‎– BZLP 2
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Frustration
Saxophone – Dave Tofani
A2 Tainted Love
Engineer – Paul HardimanWritten-By – Ed Cobb
A3 Seedy Films
Clarinet – Dave Tofani
A4 Youth
A5 Sex Dwarf
B1 Entertain Me
B2 Chips On My Shoulder
B3 Bedsitter
B4 Secret Life
B5 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Companies, etc.



Recorded in Camden Cell Studios, London, except
"Tainted Love", recorded at Advision Studios, London.

Comes with a printed inner sleeve with lyrics.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): A ........
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Stamped): BZLP 2 A//2▽EST 1 4 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Stamped): BZLP 2 B//2▽EST 1 4 1 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): Side B ........

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SRK 3647 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret(LP, Album, Club) Sire SRK 3647 US 1981 Sell This Version
314 586 719-2 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury 314 586 719-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
378 944-4, 0602537894444 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mercury, Mercury 378 944-4, 0602537894444 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
M5S 3647 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire M5S 3647 US 1981 Sell This Version
7150 087, 7150.087 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret(Cass, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 7150 087, 7150.087 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version


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October 14, 2016
if you turn the back of the cover 90° to the right, the sign on the bottom right looks like sausages on a grill


June 12, 2016
It would appear that I'm the only person here that doesn't think Non stop erotic cabaret is Soft Cell's best album!


May 5, 2015
I have a copy that matches the UK first press in every way except its got black and white labels.Anyone else come across this?


September 24, 2014

A seemingly concept album with two main concepts, 'social anxiety' and 'deviant sexuality'. Just in the first three tracks, the album takes us from having a mid-life crisis ("Frustration"), to a failed relationship ("Tainted Love"), to going downtown to the Red Light District, going to porno theaters and other classy things. David Ball's extremely talented layered synth melodies hook you in and go perfectly with Marc Almond's varied singing. The album produced the infamous "Sex Dwarf" track, about Hardcore BDSM, with an appropriate video that was seized by authorities. This incident was parodied in their video album "Non-Stop Exotic Video Show", where they recounted the incident and made a new Sex Dwarf video that was purposfully terrible and pointless.

A complete and utter Synthpop classic


April 22, 2013
I just listened to this album for the first time less than a month ago and had to get it. I've owned the singles collection for more than a decade, but I had no idea this album was so amazing! I read that only two synths were used, but they must have used them well, because this sounds WAY ahead of it's time. I can't wait to check out the other Soft Cell albums.


January 22, 2013
Yeah, one of the most influental, fresh, energised, genuine, exciting albums of all time. (Among Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode....). Just having listened it now, after 32 years of it's release, I must admit that there's really nothing like this album. I was just really surprised by the frantic delivery of Marc Almond, his ever-presence balances the monothony while David Ball is at his best. These tunes are unparalelled by anybody.... Pity, the miracle didn't lasted but a few years. By the way: the first German CD pressing was a crap, remaster versions are bloody equalised. I think only the LP version has the real quality (I'm not quite an LP-enthusiastic anyway, but I'm an audiophile man...)


November 29, 2008

Without a doubt and with no need for hyperbole, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is one of the greatest albums ever recorded in any era on any planet. Marc Almond is at the top of his craft here, guiding the listener through the seamier parts of town and the darkest corners of the human psyche as David Ball's understated and hypnotic synth melodies drone on. Trace? That's a laugh!

Humor, tragedy, pathos, angst, irony, silvery... it's all here with even a few genuine hits thrown into the mix, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret delivers the goods and more. The lyrics are smart, funny and unforgettable and Almond embues them with palpable and genuine emotion. The performance and themes taken as a whole leaves one with the impression that Marc Almond circa 1982 was a total nutter, one psychotic break shy of permanent residency in the madhouse. And I mean that in a good way!

This recording is as fresh and engaging as it was nearly 30 years ago. The only thing that could possibly have made it aany better would have been the inclusion of Persuasion (an unsettling descent into madness) and Fun City (it's not). This has been addressed in the 2008 Deluxe Edition.

Even the most jaded cynic or misguided 80s hater would be defenseless when confronted by the irresistable hooks comprising Sex Dwarf. ("Sex Dwarf, isn't it nice? Luring disco dollies to a life of vice.") The video version apparently violated decency standards worldwide and it was disappeared down the memory hole. A pity, really.


February 7, 2008
edited over 6 years ago

What an amazing album this is some twenty plus years after its release. It's sometimes easy to forget what a vital part Marc Almond and Dave Ball played in the development of pop music.
This album sits very neatly, but somewhat uncomfortably, in between punk and new wave but manages delicatly not to be one or the other. It's an album who's theme documents the highs and lows of everyday life but in honesty not a life most of us lead. Still it's easy to connect the dots and find yourself drawn into Marc Almonds stories of paranoia, depravity and boredom. It's a dark album, but it's a fun album. At times it's angry but never too serious. Some days I consider it a party album and then on other days I'm more comfortable hearing it in the dark with a glass of red wine for company. It's an album of many characters and thus never uninteresting or tiresom to be around.