Synth legend Dave Ball chatted to Skrufff this week about the upcoming re-issue of Soft Cells brilliant first album Non Stop Erotic Cabaret and its follow-up Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing and revealed that despite its title the dance-floor remix album wasnt made on ecstasy.
It wasnt actually mastered under the influence of ecstasy and thats the fallacy, said Dave, You can get your inspiration from drugs and try and replicate that feeling but thats all- trying to make records on drugs is a really bad move, he advised.
Dave and Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond produced the
groundbreaking album in
At the time we were minor celebrities because wed had a hit record with Tainted Love and I think it was (manager) Stevo who first mentioned ecstasy to us. He came in one morning saying I had this amazing drug last night. We werent really into drugs at that point, we didnt know much about them beyond a bit of speed.
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But ou cant actually make records when youre on drugs. You can get inspired by drugs. Pink Floyd said that. They were known as an acid band but they never took it when they were playing it, they just knew what worked for people on acid, he said.
Non Stop Erotic Cabaret/ Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing are released as a double pack (with 12 inches and rarities added) on Universal in the New Year.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)