Soft Cell: Keychains & Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story (Boxed Set) (9CD + DVD)

Keychains & Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story (Boxed Set) (9CD + DVD)

Soft Cell

  • CDN $119.99
  • Release Date 26 October 2018
Product code
Compact Disc

This comprehensive 10 disc – 9CDs and 1 DVD – box set tells the story of one of electronic music’s most thrilling and pioneering acts, Marc Almond and Dave Ball, better known as Soft Cell. With over 50% previously unreleased music, ‘Keychains & Snowstorms’ is a genuine treasure trove of art-school experimentation, huge pop hits, ground-breaking club tracks and piercing introspection straight out of bedsit land. With over 130 tracks, more than 12 hours of music and 4+ hours of DVD footage it’s as close to definitive as it gets.

CD1 features remastered versions of the band’s legendary early-‘80s 12” single A-sides, with ‘Numbers’ and ‘Soul Inside’ being very slightly edited in order to fit onto the disc, CD2 contains all the full-length B-sides, also remastered, and CD3 includes brand new versions and extended versions of key Soft Cell fan favourites. The extended versions feature only original parts from the multitrack masters, while the new versions have been created especially by Dave Ball, who has finally created the definitive mix of ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ that he always imagined, as well as new takes on some of his favourite album tracks and B sides. These new versions are more than fit to take their place among the existing greats.

CD4 includes a mixture of unreleased and less widely available material, as well as demos from the 1980-1984 period, rare international radio-only edits, and the fabled unreleased 12” mix of ‘Forever The Same’, once mooted to be the third single release from ‘The Art Of Falling Apart’. CD5 is made up of music from Soft Cell’s earliest years, including one of the first recordings ever made by Dave Ball, plus tracks recorded at the band’s first ever gig in December 1979. This disc also includes a remastered version of the debut ‘Mutant Moments’ EP, plus one of Soft Cell’s earliest recordings, previously unreleased and not even available on any bootleg. As well as other early demos, this CD also documents Daniel Miller’s work with Soft Cell in 1980 and 1981.

Recently found in Universal Music’s vaults, CD6 features highlights from the BBC’s vaults, including previously unreleased audio of their Whistle Test appearance in 1982. Soft Cell’s first recordings since 1983 are also included, with an unreleased extended version of ‘Divided Soul,’ and the set is completed with Marc and Dave’s favourite tracks from 2002’s comeback album ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’.

Disc 7 features ‘Non-Stop Euphoric Dubbing’, a Dave Ball directed 12-suite continuous mix of Soft Cell classics which forms a moody counterpart to the pioneering dub album 1982’s ‘Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing’. This CD also includes a splatter of remixes, including the first ever remix by Erasure, who have remixed ‘Bedsitter’. In addition, The Grid’s 1991 remixes of ‘Memorabilia’ and ‘Where The Heart Is’ have been reworked to replace Marc’s 1991 re-vocalled versions with his original take

Disc 8 contains live recordings made by Flood of the US dates from 1983 where the band previewed songs from the then-upcoming ‘This Last Night In Sodom’ album. Originally slated for a live album release the tapes have been painstakingly mixed and mastered and capture Soft Cell at their live zenith. This show was recorded at The Palace in Los Angeles, with a certain Michael Jackson part of the audience! CD9 features the final section of the Los Angeles show, plus other live highlights, including tracks from Soft Cell’s farewell shows at Hammersmith Palais in January 1984. Remaining selections come from the band’s reunion tour dates in 2002-3, where producer Ingo Vauk recorded the whole UK tour.

Finally, the DVD features the ‘Non-Stop Exotic Video Show’ plus the official promos for ‘Where The Heart Is’, ‘Numbers’, ‘Down In The Subway’ and ‘Monoculture’. There’s a host of TV appearances, including The Oxford Road Show, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops, The Tube, The Switch and The 1983 Supersonic Christmas Special plus a previously unreleased gig ‘Live At Leeds Amnesia Club’ from 28th May, 1981. Finally, there’s the ‘Young Guns Go For It’ BBC documentary.

1 Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go?  
2 Bedsitter  
3 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye  
4 Torch  
5 What  
6 Where The Heart Is  
7 Numbers  
8 Soul Inside  
9 Down In The Subway  
1 Tainted Dub / Where Did Our Love Go?  
2 Facility Girls (12" Version)  
3 Fun City  
4 Insecure Me (12" Version)  
5 So (12" Version)  
6 It's A Mug's Game (12" Version)  
7 Barriers (12" Version)  
8 You Only Live Twice (12" Version)  
9 Her Imagination  
10 007 Theme  
11 Disease & Desire  
12 Born To Lose  
1 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Mix)  
2 Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Young Mix)  
3 Secret Life (Extended Mix)  
4 Chips On My Shoulder (Extended Mix)  
5 Facility Girls (2018 Mix)  
6 Heat (Alternative Version)  
7 Kitchen Sink Drama (Extended Mix)  
8 The Art Of Falling Apart (Extended Mix)  
9 Martin (Dave Ball Hallowe'en Mix)  
10 Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Mix)  
11 Meet Murder, My Angel (Extended Mix)  
12 Slave To This (Life Of Existence Mix)  
1 The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Original Version)  
2 A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Vocal Edit)  
3 Memorabilia (Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version)  
4 Forever The Same (Unreleased Extended Version)  
5 Heat (US 7" Version)  
6 Loving You, Hating Me (Special USA Mix)  
7 Martin  
8 Hendrix Medley (Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile)  
9 Numbers (7" DJ Version)  
10 Down In The Subway (7" Remix Version)  
11 L'Esqualita (7" Version)  
12 Soul Inside (Demo)  
13 So (Dave Ball Demo Outtake)  
1 Memorabilia (Original Daniel Miller Mix)  
2 Persuasian (Original Daniel Miller Mix)  
3 Metro MRX (Flexipop Version)  
4 A Man Could Get Lost (Daniel Miller Demo)  
5 The Girl With The Patent Leather Face (Demo)  
6 Tainted Love (Demo)  
7 Bedsitter (Demo)  
8 Potential (From Mutant Moments EP)  
9 L.O.V.E Feelings (From Mutant Moments EP)  
10 Metro MRX (From Mutant Moments EP)  
11 Frustration (From Mutant Moments EP)  
12 Red Tape, Sticky Tape (Demo - Previously Unreleased)  
13 Martin (Original 1980 Demo)  
14 Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)  
15 Science Fiction Stories (Demo)  
16 Bleak Is My Favourite Clich� (Demo)  
17 Cleaning Fanatic (Demo)  
18 Mix (Demo)  
19 A Man Could Get Lost (Early Version)  
20 Walking Make Up Counter (Live At Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)  
21 Occupational Hazard (Live At Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)  
22 Persuasion (Live At Leeds Polytechnic, December 1979)  
23 Dave's Theme (Previously Unreleased Demo)  
1 Entertain Me (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)  
2 Seedy Films (Richard Skinner Radio 1 Session)  
3 Chips On My Shoulder (Richard Skinner BBC Radio 1 Session)  
4 Youth (BBC Whistle Test)  
5 Sex Dwarf (BBC Whistle Test)  
6 Soul Inside (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)  
7 Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)? (David Jensen BBC Radio 1 Session)  
8 God Shaped Hole (Remix)  
9 Divided Soul (Hooker Mix)  
10 Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime  
11 Monoculture (Dave Ball Extended Version)  
12 The Night  
13 Darker Times  
14 Last Chance  
15 Together Alone  
16 Caligula Syndrome  
17 Desparate  
1 Barriers (Dave Ball Broken Down Angels Dub)  
2 Numbers (Extended Dub)  
3 Youth (Dave Ball Wasted On The Young Dub)  
4 Where The Heart Is (Marcus Lancaster Dub)  
5 Seedy Films (Richard X Dub)  
6 L.O.V.E Feelings (Demo)  
7 L'Esqualita (Dub)  
8 Loving You, Hating Me (Dub)  
9 Baby Doll (Dub)  
10 Facility Girls (2018 Mix Dub)  
11 Little Rough Rhinestone (Solvent Dub Mix)  
12 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Dave Ball Lateral Dub)  
13 Bedsitter (Erasure Remix)  
14 Where The Heart Is (The Grid Remix: 2018 Re-Edit)  
15 So (The Grid Remix)  
1 Mr. Self Destruct  
2 Soul Inside  
3 Forever The Same  
4 Insecure Me  
5 L'Esqualita  
6 Loving You, Hating Me  
7 Torch  
8 Youth  
9 Disease & Desire  
10 Where Was Your Heart (When You Needed It Most)?  
11 Baby Doll  
12 Martin  
13 The Art Of Falling Apart  
1 Hey Joe / Purple Haze  
2 Memorabilia  
3 Heat  
4 Ghost Rider (with Clint Ruin)  
5 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye  
6 Numbers (Live)  
7 It's A Mug's Game (Live)  
8 The Best Way To Kill (Live)  
9 Down In The Subway (Live)  
10 Barriers (Live)  
11 Tainted Love Where Did Our Love Go? (Love)  
12 Sex Dwarf (Live)  
13 Surrender (To A Stranger) (Live)