Soft Cell – Torch (Live TOTP Christmas Party 1982)
Tx to thedarkwire
TORCH SONG SATURDAY ‘Torch’ is one of my favorite Soft Cell videos and it serves a dual purpose on this Saturday night. First, it gives me an excuse to publish this lovely and provocative photo of Blixa Bargeld and Marc Almond, date unknown. And it gives me a theme for this Video Open Thread. I’m unsure whether visitors can drop YouTube links into the comments and have them show up embedded. If it works, you folks are more than welcome to add your favs. It’s a fun way to recommend stuff to one another and create an ongoing video gallery. CHECK COMMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL CLIPS.
Marc, Nick, Blixa, and more under the cut
Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf (Live 1982)
I would like you on a long black leash
I would parade you down the High Street
*Censored version HERE.
- Marc Almond Torch Playlist (at YouTube)
- Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart Triple Video Fix Nick and Marc both covered Gene Pitney’s ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’.
- Marc Almond – Morning Dew (Live video) Marc and Blixa (with EN) both covered Tim Rose’s ‘Morning Dew’.
Nick Cave & Marc Almond
On ‘The Immaculate Consumptive’ (1982) performances with Nick Cave: It was one of those things that you had to hear about more than actually see. It’s become better with legend and the test of time. Everyone goes “Were you there? No, I wasn’t there but I heard it was really amazing.” It’s best kept that way in people’s imaginations. I’m glad it wasn’t recorded. I think it came together because Lydia found a way of getting a huge exorbitant fee from Danceteria for bringing us all together. None of us knew why we were there. Lydia seemed to know why we were there. She had a strategy of paying the rent that month. It was a very shambolic cabaret, and Nick stole the show, so we all hated him after that. He did this mind blowing version of “In The Ghetto” so we were all sick after that.
A Tainted Life: The Autobiography (2000)
The autobiography of the eighties pop star Marc Almond. An intimate portrait of the star-making abilities of eighties personalities and the frank story of rising from a fall from commercial grace to rebuild a new career with dignity, and living life in a world of rumours, some cultivated, many not.
Beautiful Twisted Night (Poetry) (2000)
Marc Almond’s writing – verse and prose – concentrates on the city, the night, red light and low life, the same scenes which appear in his lyrics. ‘Prostitutes, hustlers, porn stars, strippers, gangsters, pimps, dominatrixes, transsexuals, madams, sub-culture celebrities, superstars…’ He burst into prominence in the early 1980s with Dave Ball with the first successful British electro-duo – Soft Cell. They mixed disco and northern soul with lyrics of melancholy stories of low-life characters, bedsit life and city survival, and thus set the blueprint for groups such as The Pet Shop Boys, Blur, Pulp and Suede. Marc spent the 1980s producing a range of albums, always surprising and taking his audience in new directions. Dirt and glitter continue to be common themes in his work, as are the love and romance and loneliness of city life and the hopes, dreams and unfulfilled aspirations of the city’s inhabitants, from the bordello to the high-rise. [Editorial Review]
In Search of the Pleasure Palace (2005)
[This book is] Marc Almond’s quest for meaning in the “Indian summer” of his career, as he revisits scenes of his misspent youth. From swingers’ nights in Croydon to the lost haunts of Barcelona, the surreal underbelly of Russia to the pre-Giuliani clean-up of New York, Marc is your wryly observant guide. Join him on an acerbic, shockingly indiscreet journey of self-discovery.
- Give This Man An Oscar: The Wilde Side of Marc Almond
Barney Hoskyns, NME, 6 August 1983 — MARC ALMOND is very screwed up about being a pop star, which is what comes of hanging around Nick Cave and Genesis P. Orridge.
- Marc Almond: The Innocent Exhibitionist
Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1992 – His search for inner fulfillment took him to places that respectable folk would sooner not know about. Now Marc Almond has decided where he truly feels at home. “I always loved the spotlight,” he tells Phil Sutcliffe. “I didn’t feel the outsider. People gave me their love.”