Formed in Leeds, England, in 1980 this electro pop duo features vocalist Marc Almond (Peter Mark Sinclair Almond, 9 July 1957, Southport, Lancashire, England) and synthesizer player Dave Ball (b. David Ball, 3 May 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England). The art school twosome came to the attention of Some Bizzare Records entrepreneur Stevo following the release of their self-financed EP Mutant Moments. He duly included their Girl With The Patent Leather Face on the compilationSome Bizzare Album and negotiated a licensing contract with Phonogram Records in Europe and Sire Records in the USA. Their debut single, Memorabilia, produced by Mute Records boss Daniel Miller, was an underground hit, paving the way for the celebrated Tainted Love. Composed by the Four Preps Ed Cobb and already well known as a northern soul club favourite by Gloria Jones, Tainted Love topped the UK charts, became the bestselling British...
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