Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell (1982)
Synthpop was supposed to sound like this:
It was dance music for replicants. It wasn't supposed to show human emotion.
Marc Almond and Soft Cell changed all that with today's classic. This piece shows that machines really can enhance our humanity. The swirling analogue sounds give Mr. Almond an ample amount of paper to write out his thoughts on love lost. Like an electronic journal, this song aches in technicolor. We are almost thirty years removed from the heady days when synth duos ruled the UK and made an impact in America, but this song still moves, inspires and blows my mind.
The extended version featured here will really make you miss 12" singles. The clarinet solo is absolutely beautiful.
And the covers! Oh, the covers!