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Big Gay Following

Marc Almond

HE WAS ONE HALF OF SOFT CELL IN THE EIGHTIES, HE WON AN ATTITUDE ICON AWARD THREE YEARS AGO AND WAS A POSTER BOY FOR THE ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT. BUT HE’S NOT DONE YET...

THERE ARE MAVERICKS and then there’s Marc Almond. Coming to fame as Soft Cell’s eye-linered singer, he intoned the trials and tribulations of tainted love, bedsits and sex dwarfs across singles and albums that celebrated sexual freedom and Soho seediness. Formed when Marc met Dave Ball at Leeds Polytechnic, the duo — whose debut album was Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret — enjoyed three years of chart hits, an amicable split in 1984, then a reunion in 2001.

Marc could probably have taken it easy during the intervening years and after the reunion, but the Southportborn singer/songwriter, who had a part-time job as a stable boy to fund his record-buying habit, is the opposite of lazy.

Having formed Marc And The Mambas as an offshoot project, he recorded two albums with them, plus he topped the charts with the Gene Pitney duet Something’s Gotten HoldOf My Heart, and has released more than 20 solo albums. That’s a treasure trove for his new retrospective boxset – Trials Of Eyeliner — that weighs in at a whopping 10 discs.

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About Attitude

This issue, our Attitude Awards winners take the spotlight. TV star and Man of the Year Wentworth Miller, trans model icon Andreja Pejic, comedian Alan Carr, breakthrough pop star MNEK, most stylish man winner Pietro Boselli, and gay rights activist Omar Sharif Jr. all feature on six collector’s edition covers. Plus, there are interviews with Attitude Award winners Spice Girl and honorary gay Geri, LGBT ally Beverley Knight, Active Award winners Team GB, actress Amanda Barrie and acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany.
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