Album artwork for Memorabillia  by Soft Cell
Album artwork for Memorabillia  by Soft Cell

The birth point of ecstasy in British music is usually credited to acid house and the second summer of love: a cemented vision of kids sweating and vibrating in clubs, fields and warehouses in 1988, united by universal empathy and mind-popping sounds. However, in 1981, a couple of young men from Leeds went to New York, discovered the drug in its infancy, fused its’ gritty synth pop to acid house’s squelchy 303 groove and recorded an album: Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.  The rest, as they say, is history. 

Shortly before that Soft Cell’s debut single Memorabilia was born. Originally recorded a decade before the explosion of acid house and rooted in predominantly black NYC, Chicago and Detroit gay clubs, Memorabilia is a seminal early prelude to rave culture.  Merging a strutting disco bass line with a futuristic proto acid-techno beat, Marc Almond has past described Memorabilia as “the first acid house techno record ever”. 

Dave Ball remembers: “Memorabilia got to about number 99 in the charts, but the clubs picked up on it. In NME or Sounds they had a chart for the Danceteria in New York, and we were in it. Our label Phonogram saw this and thought: ‘why is this weird little duo from Leeds that no one’s heard of suddenly getting played in one of the hippest clubs in New York?’ So I think they thought: ‘we’ll give them another chance’.” 

Fast forward to 2023 and Soft Cell’s first producer, Mute Records’ supremo Daniel Miller, has reworked his original 1981 version of Memorabilia into a throbbing techno workout. Currently ripping up a storm in Berlin’s techno clubs on promo by the DJ cognoscenti, the remix package is fast picking up support clubs across Europe, the US and beyond.

France’s electroclash/techno legend and in-demand remixer The Hacker also delivers an updated 808 spectacular worthy of inclusion in any self-respecting late night dancing DJ set, while losing none of the frantic energy of the original.

Berlin’s very own upcomers Wally Funk round off the remix package, upping the original tempo slightly, while combining elements the of original production with the later Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing version to create a new hybrid, best played extremely loud!

A1 – Daniel Miller 2023 Remix 

A2 – Daniel Miller 2023 Remix Instrumental 

B1 – The Hacker 2023 Remix 

B2 – Wally Funk 2023 Remix 

Soft Cell

Memorabillia

Vertigo
Album artwork for Memorabillia  by Soft Cell
12"

£19.99

Clear Green

Limited to 500 copies
Released 01/12/2023Catalogue Number

GDR1

Soft Cell

Memorabillia

Vertigo
Album artwork for Memorabillia  by Soft Cell
12"

£19.99

Clear Green

Limited to 500 copies
Released 01/12/2023Catalogue Number

GDR1

The birth point of ecstasy in British music is usually credited to acid house and the second summer of love: a cemented vision of kids sweating and vibrating in clubs, fields and warehouses in 1988, united by universal empathy and mind-popping sounds. However, in 1981, a couple of young men from Leeds went to New York, discovered the drug in its infancy, fused its’ gritty synth pop to acid house’s squelchy 303 groove and recorded an album: Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.  The rest, as they say, is history. 

Shortly before that Soft Cell’s debut single Memorabilia was born. Originally recorded a decade before the explosion of acid house and rooted in predominantly black NYC, Chicago and Detroit gay clubs, Memorabilia is a seminal early prelude to rave culture.  Merging a strutting disco bass line with a futuristic proto acid-techno beat, Marc Almond has past described Memorabilia as “the first acid house techno record ever”. 

Dave Ball remembers: “Memorabilia got to about number 99 in the charts, but the clubs picked up on it. In NME or Sounds they had a chart for the Danceteria in New York, and we were in it. Our label Phonogram saw this and thought: ‘why is this weird little duo from Leeds that no one’s heard of suddenly getting played in one of the hippest clubs in New York?’ So I think they thought: ‘we’ll give them another chance’.” 

Fast forward to 2023 and Soft Cell’s first producer, Mute Records’ supremo Daniel Miller, has reworked his original 1981 version of Memorabilia into a throbbing techno workout. Currently ripping up a storm in Berlin’s techno clubs on promo by the DJ cognoscenti, the remix package is fast picking up support clubs across Europe, the US and beyond.

France’s electroclash/techno legend and in-demand remixer The Hacker also delivers an updated 808 spectacular worthy of inclusion in any self-respecting late night dancing DJ set, while losing none of the frantic energy of the original.

Berlin’s very own upcomers Wally Funk round off the remix package, upping the original tempo slightly, while combining elements the of original production with the later Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing version to create a new hybrid, best played extremely loud!

A1 – Daniel Miller 2023 Remix 

A2 – Daniel Miller 2023 Remix Instrumental 

B1 – The Hacker 2023 Remix 

B2 – Wally Funk 2023 Remix