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Soft Cell’s Non Stop Ecstatic Warning ::

Reported by Tristan Ingram on December 14, 2007


Synth legend Dave Ball chatted to Skrufff this week about the upcoming re-issue of Soft Cell’s 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 wasn’t made on ecstasy.


“It wasn’t actually mastered under the influence of ecstasy and that’s the fallacy,” said Dave, “You can get your inspiration from drugs and try and replicate that feeling but that’s 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 New York in 1982 when ecstasy was still legal, after the pair explored Manhattan’s then notoriously hedonistic club scene, Dave recalled.


“At the time we were minor celebrities because we’d 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 weren’t really into drugs at that point, we didn’t know much about them beyond a bit of speed.


There was this girl from Brooklyn who was selling them for $6 a hit, per capsule and we did it. We were going to places like Danceteria and Paradise Garage, hearing all this great dance music and E-ing off our tits. So we thought ‘Wouldn’t it be a great idea to make a full on club version of the first album’.”


“But ou can’t actually make records when you’re 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.


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