Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing

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Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing album cover.jpg
EP by
Soft Cell
ReleasedJune 1982
GenreSynthpop, new wave
LabelSome Bizzare
Vertigo (original release)
Mercury (various reissues)
ProducerMike Thorne
Soft Cell chronology
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing
The Art of Falling Apart
Singles from Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing
  1. "What!" b/w "....So"
    Released: August 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Smash Hits6/10 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing is an EP by English synthpop duo Soft Cell, released in the United Kingdom in June 1982 by Some Bizzare Records. In addition to remixes of the group's older material, it also included a brand new track, a cover of Judy Street's 1966 song "What?", which was a Top 3 hit for Soft Cell.

As the name implies, Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing was conceived, by the band's own admission, under the influence of MDMA (commonly referred to as ecstasy). Vocalist Marc Almond later said in an interview with journalist Simon Tebbutt that the album's sound, as well as the sound of the band, was influenced by a short stint working at The Warehouse, a popular nightclub in Leeds.[citation needed] The album is more dance-oriented than the group's first album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, with extended versions and instrumental cuts of various songs from its predecessor as well as several new tracks.

Originally, the album was set to be produced by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, and several tracks co-written by him were recorded, but those songs were shelved due to label disputes with MCA Records; the whole album had to be scrapped due to songwriting liabilities and Soft Cell famously had to write and record the album in the span of one week.

The band went on hiatus for a small period of time after the album's release, with David Ball taking time to reconcile with his girlfriend and Almond performing with Marc and the Mambas; this fuelled rumours that the band was splitting up, though they would release two more albums (1983's The Art of Falling Apart and 1984's This Last Night in Sodom).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Ball and Marc Almond, except where noted.

UK and European edition
1."Memorabilia" 5:22
2."Where Did Our Love Go?"Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr.4:12
3."What?"H. B. Barnum4:33
4."A Man Could Get Lost" 4:05
5."Chips on My Shoulder" 4:26
6."Sex Dwarf" 5:15
North American edition
1."Memorabilia" 5:22
2."Where Did Our Love Go?"Holland, Dozier, Holland4:24
4."A Man Could Get Lost" 3:58
5."Insecure...Me?" 7:30
6."Sex Dwarf" 5:15

Memorabilia appears here as a brand new version of the b-side of A Man Can Get Lost, sung in duet with Cindy Ecstasy.
Where Did Our Love Go is a remix of the b-side of Tainted Love.
A Man Could Get Lost and Chips On My Shoulder are heavily remixed instrumental versions of the original songs.
Sex Dwarf is also remixed, but is closer to the structure of the original song.
The original North American vinyl release replaced "Chips on My Shoulder" with the extended version of "Insecure...Me?", while the 1999 remastered CD reissue contained both tracks.




  1. ^ "Silverton, Peter (24 June 1982). "Album Reviews)". Smash Hits. Vol. 4 no. 13. EMAP Metro. p. 17.
  2. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing – Soft Cell – Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Soft Cell – Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Chart Stats – Soft Cell – Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing – Soft Cell – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. 15 November 1982. Retrieved 25 July 2011.