Music Video of the Day: The House Is Haunted By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye by Marc Almond (1986, dir. Peter Christopherson)

Edit: I didn’t notice when I posted it that you have to click the link to the YouTube page in order for it to play. It will play if you click on it.

It’s about time that something Soft Cell related was spotlighted. In this case, it’s a video for a song by the former lead-singer of Soft Cell, Marc Almond.

The video is simple. It’s a haunted house video. Or is it a prank? Does it matter when this story is over on Wikipedia:

In his autobiography Almond describes being invited for initiation into Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, and that “not being one to turn down a theatrical moment and a chance to be relegated to the bad book, I immediately said yes.” Noise musician Boyd Rice performed the simple ceremony in “a small grotto in a wood” close to where the Hellfire Club used to meet. Almond states that the ceremony involved “no dancing naked, no bonfires, no blood sacrifice”, but even so “every hair on my neck stood on end and sweat broke out on my top lip.”. Almond would later state in a 2016 interview with Loud and Quiet that the initiation was “a theatrical joke that got a bit out of hand” and that he did not consider himself a Satanist.

The guy who sang Tainted Love was at a Satanic ritual. I never thought I could write that sentence.

The video was directed by Peter Christopherson. He appears to have directed over 100 music videos from the mid-80s through the 90s.


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