Sunday, June 16, 2024

Smart ’80s Dance Throwback: Soft Cell and the Pet Stop Boys Get Out of the “Purple Zone”


Soft Cell (“Tainted Love”) and the Pet Stop Boys (“West End Girls”) were everything in the dance crazed 80s. They made smart,classic music that is played everywhere forty years later.

Now they’ve combined for this effortlessly catchy single, “The Purple Zone.” If Z100 played this, they’d have cars bopping up and down freeways. Great single!

The song will be included on Soft Cell’s much anticipated fifth studio album Happiness Not Included which is now scheduled to be released on May 6th. They haven’t released a new album in 20 years. How crazy is that?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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