Nothing to be scared of Now, almost 40 years on, how should one view Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret? Let's hope that they make a Demo Non Stop 2! All of the tracks begin and end where they should. With recording starting only a couple of months earlier in studios once used by , most of the material had been picked with producer Mike Thorne ahead of the trip. That symbolism came through loud and clear on a collection of largely percussive club grooves that captured the new rules of the dancefloor that were shaping around a harder, more urban direction. Let's start with the album art. That imagination would get the band into trouble.
Photo: Fin Costello Subversive but accessible With a title the likes of Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, sexual themes obviously predominate, but the real heart of the project comes from some keenly observed slices of social commentary. It remains the easiest entry point for a duo whose work would get increasingly agitated in the two full follow-up albums that would be released ahead of their first split in 1984. So why release an album that is basically just a sketch book of ideas? Includes 'Facility Girl', 'A Man Can Get Lost', 'Persuasion', 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' and more. I have to suddenly turn up the volume a bunch when it gets to those parts! The group re-united again in 2018 for a final farewell concert , accompanied by a host of musical and video releases, including a career-spanning box set and brand new single. There, I said it, because first and foremost I think it needed to be said. Third, unlike The Bedsit Tapes, this album doesn't have the songs weirdly organized and mixed together! The distinction needs to be made from an album in the traditional sense, which is a collection of generally new songs, carefully fine-tuned and put together to work both individually as songs , and as a whole.
Instead we have the beginnings of a band. Listen to the album all the way through no shuffling! For anyone prepared to dig a bit deeper, the album remains one of the most subversive but accessible pop collections ever released off the back of an international mega-hit. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret proved that, back then, the pair could create challenging musical stories with something different to say that still did the business. On top of this we have mere sketches, incomplete ideas, tidbits of songs that may have remained unnoticed. Well, if we use the literal translation — seeing the Mona Lisa is exciting, but seeing the sketches behind the ideas that turned into the Mona Lisa is amazing.
And, yet again, the designer for some odd reason thought that 2 pt. It seems no one got the irony… Perhaps, like a heavy night out on the town, Soft Cell could sometimes get carried away with themselves, with everyone else missing the joke. The ideas and work people have put into their work is usually very interesting, and very revealing, as is the case here. And New York, after all, seemed to capture the frenetic and sometimes dangerous scenes Soft Cell were drawn to. So when their record label suggested New York might be the perfect place to record the album required to follow the huge success of the single, it was maybe inevitable the pair jumped at the chance; perhaps they thought they might not get the opportunity again.
On the plus side, it's about an eighth of a step up from its predecessor, The Bedsit Tapes. . The duo broke up in 1984 after releasing four albums, but reunited in the early 2000s for a series of live dates and released an album of new material in 2002. So, this collection is very raw, sometimes shocking, sometimes humorous, never boring. Beskrivelse 2006 collection of demo recordings, originally recorded during the sessions for this seedy Synthpop duo's 1981 Non Stop Erotic Cabaret album, which went on to become a worldwide multi-platinum seller and their most popular album.
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