Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
I have featured the British duo Soft Cell before on this blog. The vocal talents of Marc Almond have long haunted me, and this song in particular, as it conjures up images of smoky nightclubs, and old films. It is quite unusual to get torch songs sung by a man, but Almond has an old soul, and the spirit of Jaques Brel shines though this recording.
This track comes from the album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ released in 1981, with the single issued a year later. I bought it immediately, and couldn’t get it out of my head. Despite the synthesizer sound, it remains as a timeless ballad, beautifully rendered in Almond’s clear diction. Thirty-six years after it was recorded, I love it as much as I did then.
Marc Almond is now 60 years old, and continues to perform as a solo artist. He also occasionally collaborates with his Soft Cell partner, David Ball, though the band officially split in 1984.