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Monday, June 26, 2017

Soft Cell - "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" 45 rpm Vinyl Single, 1982 (Some Bizarre)


I have a great admiration for Marc Almond's aesthetic and voice, but I never loved him.  I can't give you a reason why this is the case.  At the height of the Soft Cell fame, I had three of their albums, and all are fantastic.  Still, his voice is technically perfect but I find it lacking a certain amount of grit or soul.  This I think is more of a "me" problem than a Marc Almond problem.  A million fans will tell me otherwise, and I think they would be correct.  Still, the one song that I can never find fault with is "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye."  One of the great songs of the 1980s and such a beautiful melody.  Which comes to play in the big time with the instrumental b-side.  Dave Tofani's Clarinet solo is one of my favorite pieces of music.  Or I should say a series of moments. The playing is fantastic, but he really captures the Eros and regrets through the Clarinet.  It's an amazing sound and melody.  A perfection of sorts.