Soft CellNon-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Label:Some Bizzare – BZLP 2
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:Synth-pop, New Wave


SaxophoneDave Tofani
A2Tainted Love
EngineerPaul Hardiman
Written-ByEd Cobb
A3Seedy Films
ClarinetDave Tofani
A5Sex Dwarf
B1Entertain Me
B2Chips On My Shoulder
B4Secret Life
B5Say 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.

Tracks A1, A3 to B5 Metropolis/Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
Track A2 Intersong Music.

© 1981 Phonogram Ltd. ℗ 1981 Phonogram Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 1, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 A//2▽EST 1 4 STERLING A 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 1, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 B//2▽EST 1 4 STERLING 1 6 Side B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 2, stamped): BZLP 2 A//2▽EST STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 2, stamped): BZLP 2 B//1▽EST STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 3, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 A//2▽EST 1 3 STERLING A 2 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 3, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 B//2▽EST 1 3 STERLING 1 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 4, stamped): BZLP 2 A//3▽420W 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 4, stamped, etched): BZLP 2B//1▽EST STERLING 2 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, var. 5, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 A//2▽EST L5 STERLING (upside down A) 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, var. 5, stamped, etched): BZLP 2 B//1▽EST STERLING L2 (reverse B) 3

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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (LP, Album, Stereo)Celluloid, Vogue, Some Bizzare529814France1981
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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (LP, Album)Vertigo, Some BizzareVOG-1-3309Canada1981
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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (LP, Album)Vertigo, Some Bizzare63 59 087Spain1981
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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (LP, Album, Jacksonville Pressing)SireSRK 3647US1981
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Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (LP, Album)Vertigo6359 087Netherlands1981
  • Sumogirl's avatar
    It's been over 30 years since I've listened to this album. It holds up extremely well. I had forgotten how much I LOVE Soft Cell. I knew I liked them, but had forgotten I loved them.

    First, Marc Almond's voice is amazing. Even songs that with another artist would be boring, his voice holds you and entices you to listen deeply to the lyrics he is singing. The result is an album where every song is worth listening to and feeling too.

    Several of the songs were hits. Tainted Love, Sex Dwarf for example. The album ending with Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, is just - very satisfying.

    Great album.
    • vegasbiss's avatar
      One of the best albums of all time. A masterpice of synthpop!
      • Galge's avatar
        Marc Almond sang "Youth has gone, but somehow I don't really mind" and "Chips on my shoulder, more as I get older" at age 24?! WTF!
        • nick321's avatar
          if you turn the back of the cover 90° to the right, the sign on the bottom right looks like sausages on a grill
          • Misannthorpe's avatar
            It would appear that I'm the only person here that doesn't think Non stop erotic cabaret is Soft Cell's best album!
            • darkdubh's avatar
              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?
              • Booj1Boy's avatar
                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
                • realmdemagic's avatar
                  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.
                  • ttooyyss's avatar
                    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...)
                    • Richard_23's avatar
                      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.



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