Here's something for all you trivia fans. Apparently, back in 1981, when Soft Cell decided to record a synth-pop cover version of a '60s Northern Soul song, the choice came down to Tainted Love by Gloria Jones or The Night by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
As millions of record buyers, wedding DJs and Marilyn Manson will testify, they definitely picked the right one. However, this has not stopped Marc Almond and Dave Bell from trying to relive former glories by recording and releasing The Night as a single.
To be fair, The Night is not half bad and nowhere near as irrelevant as one might expect. A spooky keyboard intro leads into quite a banging bass drum line and squirts of electronic activity while Almond's fine voice floats in to sing a note-worthy tune.
The Night is certainly good enough to trouble much of the electronic fodder currently gracing the charts. However, just in case it does not appeal to the conventional masses, the self-explanatory B-side Perversity will doubtless keep Soft Cell's core, so-called deviant, fans more than happy.