Torch (song)

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"Torch"
Single by Soft Cell
B-side "Insecure Me"
Released7 May 1982 (1982-05-07)
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length4:08
Label Some Bizzare
Songwriter(s) Marc Almond, David Ball
Producer(s) Mike Thorne
Soft Cell singles chronology
"Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
(1982)
"Torch"
(1982)
"What!"
(1982)

"Torch" is a song by English synthpop duo Soft Cell. It was released as a single in 1982, and in mid-June peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, [1] ranking 45 for the year. It also reached number 31 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, [2] number 12 in the Netherlands [3] and number 6 in the Flemish Ultratop 50 [4]

Singer Marc Almond duets towards the end of the song with Cindy Ecstasy, a rapper from New York, who sings slightly off-key in an approximation of an Estuary English accent.

The single was originally intended to be double A-sided, coupled with the eventual B-side song "Insecure Me"; as such, both songs were included in the band's 2018 singles compilation Keychains & Snowstorms: The Singles. [5]

"Torch" ranked 49 in the New Musical Express critics' list of the year's 50 best singles. [6]

Charts

Chart (1982)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [7] 68
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [8] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[ citation needed ]7
Israel (IBA)[ citation needed ]1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [9] 12
UK Singles (OCC) [10] 2
West Germany (Official German Charts) [11] 75

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