Marc Almond

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Marc Almond (born July 9, 1956) is a British singer. He started his music career as a member of Soft Cell and Marc and the Mambas, but he has been a solo artist since 1984. Still, Soft Cell has materialized over time to be considered by a rather considerable cotingent of critics to be a seminal electronic-disco outfit influential well beyond their short shelf life.

His solo work is by turns romantic and dark, campy and seedy. It often deals with subject matter like transvestites, hustlers, drug addicts and toreadors.

Marc is homosexual, but he doesn't want to be described as a homosexual artist, as he feels that that would imply that his work is only of interest to other homosexuals.

Some of his biggest hits are a cover of the song "Tainted Love" (with Soft Cell) and "Something's Gotten Hold of my Heart". He has duetted with former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Kelli Ali, Nina Hagen, Nico, Gene Pitney, Siouxsie Sioux, Foetus (J. G. Thirlwell) and Jimmy Somerville.

On 17 October 2004, Almond was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was a pillion passenger, near Cannon Street tube station in London; initially the prognosis was considered poor, but he was discharged from the hospital on 8 November 2004 and said to be making a "remarkable" recovery.

Contents

Solo discography (studio releases)

  • 1982 "Untitled" (as Marc & The Mambas) #41 UK
  • 1983 "Torment & Toreros" (as Marc & The Mambas) #28 UK
  • 1984 "Vermin in Ermine" (with The Willing Sinners) #36 UK
  • 1985 "Stories of Johnny" (with The Willing Sinners) #22 UK
  • 1987 "Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters" (with The Willing Sinners)
  • 1988 "The Stars We Are" #144 US
  • 1989 "Jacques"
  • 1990 "Enchanted" #52 UK
  • 1991 "Tenement Symphony" #39 UK
  • 1995 "Treasure Box" (b-sides and rarities compilation)
  • 1996 "Absinthe: The French Album"
  • 1996 "Fantastic Star"
  • 1998 "Slut" (with Foetus)
  • 1999 "Open All Night" #112 UK
  • 2001 "Stranger Things"
  • 2003 "Heart on Snow"

UK hit singles

  • 1985 "I Feel Love" (medley) (Bronski Beat with Marc Almond) #3
  • 1985 "Stories of Johnny" #23
  • 1988 "Tears Run Rings" #26
  • 1988 "Bitter Sweet" #40
  • 1989 "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" (feat. Gene Pitney) #1
  • 1990 "A Lover Spurned" #29
  • 1991 "Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91" (with Soft Cell) #38
  • 1991 "Tainted Love" (with Soft Cell) #5
  • 1991 "Jacky" #17
  • 1992 "My Hand Over My Heart" #33
  • 1992 "The Days of Pearly Spencer" #4
  • 1995 "Adored and Explored" #25

He has not had any US Top 40 hits. His only solo US singles chart appearance was "Tears Run Rings," which peaked at #67.

Books

  • 1988 The Angel of Death in the Adonis Lounge (poems)
  • 1999 Beautiful Twisted Night (poems, lyrics and prose)
  • 1999 Tainted Life (autobiography)
  • 2001 The End of New York (poems and prose)
  • 2004 In Search of the Pleasure Palace - Disreputable Travels (autobiography)

External links

nl:Marc Almond

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