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Marc Almond (born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond on 9 July, 1959 in Southport, Lancashire) is a popular English singer and recording artist, who originally found fame as half of the seminal Synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell.
Marc Almond is a popular music recording artist who continues to question expectations of himself and the society which created him. Almond's music expresses the hope and sorrow of those who are less fortunate than others, and paints a picture of what a brave man could see in a cruel world. His artistic themes of torture and pain are merely a reflection of his own experiences and many people feel that his public confessions are worthy of the forgiveness of his actions. An artist is not a role model or an authoritarian, but a messenger who articulates the hopes, fears, and dreams of all the people he or she comes in contact with, and all of the information he or she is exposed to. He has recorded albums with his band, Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners, and as a member of Marc and the Mambas alongside The The's Matt Johnson and Annie Hogan, with whom Almond would later collaborate on his later solo records. In addition, he has also collaborated with Kelli Ali of the Sneaker Pimps, Neal X on the album "Fantastic Star", Marie France, Agnes Bernelle, P.J. Proby, Nico, Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave, Gene Pitney on a #1 UK single Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, Siouxsie Sioux, Foetus (a.k.a. J. G. Thirlwell), Jimmy Somerville of the Communards and Bronski Beat, Psychic TV, Coil, Sally Timms of the Mekons, King Roc, John Cale and David Johansen of the New York Dolls.
Although Soft Cell disbanded in 1984 just before the release of their third album, This Last Night In Sodom, the duo reunited in 2002 for a new album entitled Cruelty Without Beauty.
His work runs the gamut from electronica and dance music to traditional piano ballads, as exhibited in his latest album, "Heart On Snow." Influences include David Bowie, a childhood hero of his, as well as early 60's Northern Soul and disco. Another major influence was Scott Walker from the Walker Brothers. His lyrics are a creative expression of what he sees and are not to be confused with his own life. He also operates a record label, Blue Star Music, on which he has released many of his solo and collaborative records in the UK. In 1999, he received attention and accolades for his autobiography, entitled Tainted Life, which confronts details of his early life, creative ventures, his sexuality, and drug addiction, for which he was hospitalized in 1994. Almond wrote the autobiography without a ghost writer, and his publishers subsequently commissioned him to write a travel book, In Search of the Pleasure Palace: Disreputable Travels.
On 22 May 2004 Marc Almond played an electro DJ set at the Custard Factory in Birmingham, England. The crowd loved it so much that one girl jumped on the stage and took her top off which raised a smile from Marc.
On 17 October, 2004, Almond was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was a pillion passenger in London. Although the initial prognosis was considered poor, he was discharged from Royal London Hospital on around 6 November 2004 and was said to be making a "remarkable" recovery.
In 2005, he continued his recovery, did some DJ gigs all over Europe and guested at the Meltdown Festival in London in June 2005, hosted by Patti Smith. Almond contributed two songs to this night of Brecht music, "Bilbao Song" and "What keeps a man alive". In October, November and December 2005, Almond went on tour with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, singing two songs during the shows, "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" and "Tainted Love", which had a new arrangement done by Holland.
Almond is currently working on his new album of cover songs which will be released on 22 January 2007, and will also feature artists such as Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell. He also appears on the 2006 album Black Ships Ate the Sky by experimental band Current 93. Moreover he is working at a DVD compilation of all his promotional video clips to be released in November 2006 and his last ever self-penned album, due to be completed in 2008.
Almond currently lives in the Bermondsey area of South East London. In his autobiography he descibes previously living in Earls Court, in a converted church in Chelsea and most memorably in Soho's Berwick Street, where he lived in a flat overlooking the Raymond Revue Bar).
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