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Death Disco, Melting Pot and Traxx at the Arches, Glasgow. Sat 18 Oct

The Arches once again lines up three of its finest clubs in one. Melting Pot and Traxx will have the might of Francois K and Stay Pullen, respectively, gracing their turntables. Yet only one man will be stealing the headlines before the night. Death Disco is weighing in with its own contender, the not insubstantial Marc Almond.

Here's a quick career resume, for those kids who haven’t done their homework. Almond formed a group called Soft Cell (you might‘ve heard of them) in Leeds in 1980, along with fellow art student Dave Ball. Fame and success soon tracked them down before they finally split. From there, Almond went solo in 1987 (with the scarin titled Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters), confirmed his torch-singer roots by releasing a Jacques Brel tribute album and singing with Gene Pitney. He’s also briefly had Madonna as a flatmate, worked with Nick Cave, Nico and Ferry Corstan, and descended into what they call ‘drink and drugs hell’ (now recovered).

It‘s a full life for a man who claims: ‘I don’t think I had any clear aspirations at the start, I just fell out of bed each day and went with it.’ It's the minimal synthesiser grind of Soft Cell that has resurrected him as a cult hero for the 805- worshipping underground. Now he lives in Moscow. ‘It‘s edgy, exciting, unpredictable,’ he says. ‘For me it‘s one of the

last great mysteries, so full of contradictions’. And he‘s using the city as inspiration for his forthcoming Heart On Snow album. Has he considered using this reborn kudos to make a concerted effort at a


‘A “concerted effort at a comeback”. What does that mean?‘ he muses, his forthright, take no shit personality even brimming over via email. ‘From where, to where? At this point in my career pop holds no place for me, you have your time as a pop star and then it fades away and the best you can do is keep finding self-satisfaction as an artist. I never

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compromised enough to keep selling huge amounts of records. I don’t ever want to be a celebrity, to sit on quiz shows or appear on TV without singing. So many people today want to be just famous, as

though that in itself is enough, but it’s just not me.’



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