Mark Almand on aging: I wonder how many years I have left Music

Mark Almand “I wonder how many active years” he has left.

Heatmakers “Purple Haze” have just returned with their first album in two decades “Happiness Not Included” – the aftermath of “Cruelty Without Beauty” in 2002 – and Soft Cell star says the pandemic and his bandmate Dave Ball, 63, are suffering from health problems, including a fractured spine, he realized, “like a short life”.

In an interview with The Sun, he said of Dave’s health problems: “He has a fractured spine and he is recovering.

“He was in the hospital and had some health problems. Such things and the pandemic made us realize how short life is.

“As an artist, as you get older, you look back and re-evaluate life more. I don’t think it’s gloomy, I think how many active years I have left in my life, because I’m 65 this year. “

The 64-year-old singer, who himself suffered a head injury in 2004, continues to experience prolonged COVID symptoms, including “terrible fatigue,” having suffered the virus three times.

He said: “I have days when I can’t breathe so well and I feel this horrible fatigue that just amazes you.

“I’ve had COVID three times now.”

The hitmaker Tainted Love admits that he needs a lot to want to create new Soft Cell music, but without writing a new album against the background of the lock, he would be “crazy”.

He said: “The only thing I was grateful for for closing was the opportunity to make this record. I started writing this because everyone was locked up.

“I would be crazy if it weren’t for this album because I like working all the time.”

Mark – who had a successful solo career – didn’t know if he had the strength to write more tunes for the synth-pop duo, but he couldn’t refuse the amazing music Dave had sent him.

Noting the differences between his own music and Soft Cell, Mark added: “Soft Cells were big and influential, and opened the door for children who were alone in their bedroom with their thoughts and feelings.

“But I never thought of us as a big band. I have to be in a certain space to write Soft Cell songs.

“When I write for myself, it’s more introspective and personal emotions. But when I write for Soft Cell, I’m more of a cynic looking at the world with sardonic humor, looking at things that happen completely differently.

“And I didn’t know if I could do it, to be honest, so I thought I’d see what Dave sent me.

“Then he sent me some really great music, and I said, ‘Yeah, it’s okay.’


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