Soft Cell release career-spanning boxset and new version of song ‘Martin’

A 10 disk CD and DVD collection celebrating the band's fortieth anniversary is available now

Synth-pop icons Soft Cell have released a career-spanning boxset and a new version of ‘Martin’, their hit from 1983.

The collection, called ‘Keychains & Snowstorms: The Soft Cell Story’ was released on September 7 to celebrate the fourtieth anniversary of Marc Almond and Dave Ball’s seminal electronic band.

You can listen to the new version of ‘Martin’, which comes with a new video, here:


Speaking about the collection, Dave Ball said: “To me, this box set is like a modular synthesizer of our collective influences and experiences, all patched into a dangerously overloaded plugboard.”

Taking two years to compile, the collection of over 130 tracks focusses on the two phases of the band’s career from their formation in 1978 to 1984 and then again from 2001-2003 when the duo reunited.

As well as remastered 12″ versions of all the Soft Cell singles and B sides, the collection will also contain previously unreleased bootleg material and rarities.

The group sold 21 million records across their career. They achieved 13 UK chart singles and had two gold and one platinum-selling albums.


In August, the band released ‘Northern Lights’, their first new music in over fifteen years. In a press release, Almond described the track as “a celebration of our roots in northern soul.”

The track’s lyrics also reference the Northern Soul movement – complete with references to Stoke’s classic Golden Torch club and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel.

The band will play a final, farewell concert at the O2 Arena on September 30. “With Soft Cell I always felt something was unfinished,” said Marc Almond at the time of the show’s announcement in February. Almond also said the event was a “thank you” to their fans.

You can read more details about the box set below. Meanwhile, you can order the boxset and see its full track listing here.

Keychains & Snowstorms – The Soft Cell Story:

Disc 1 : The Phonogram 12” Hits 1981-1984

Disc 2 : The Phonogram B Sides 1981-1984

Disc 3 : New Extended & Reworked Mixes

Disc 4: Rarities, Alternative Versions and Curios

Disc 5 : The Early Years 1978-81

Disc 6 : In Session / Reunion / Cruelty Without Beauty

Disc 7 : Non-Stop Euphoric Dubbing (Continuous Mix) & Remixes

Disc 8 : Live in Los Angeles, 83 Part 1

Disc 9 : Live In Los Angeles, 83 (Part 2) plus other live recordings

Disc 10 : DVD