Marc Almond has a net worth of $20 million and is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Marc Almond was born in the English town of Southport in 1956.
He was a member of the synthpop and new wave combo Soft Cell, as well as having a successful solo career. Soft Cell’s debut studio album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, was released in 1981 and charted at #5 in the UK and #22 in the US.
Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing was published in 1982, followed by The Art of Falling Apart in 1983, The Last Night in Sodom in 1984, and Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002. The band’s single “Tainted Love” went to number one in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, and the United States.
Almond has recorded 18 studio albums as a solo artist, the most recent of which was The Stars We Are in 1988, which charted in the Top 10 in Switzerland and Germany.
In the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland, his single “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart” (with Gene Pitney) achieved #1. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and co-founded the band Marc and the Mambas, which has recorded two albums.
Almond was the son of Sandra Mary Diesen and Peter John Sinclair Almond, a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Liverpool Regiment, and was born in Southport, Lancashire. He was raised nearby with his younger sister, Julia, in his grandparents’ home in Birkdale, and suffered from bronchitis and asthma as a child.
They relocated from his grandparents’ house to Starbeck, Harrogate, when he was four years old. They returned to Southport two years later before relocating to Horsforth, West Yorkshire. He went to Horsforth Featherbank Infant School there.
Almond entered Aireborough Grammar School near Leeds, West Yorkshire, when he was 11 years old. Listening to British radio pioneer John Peel provided him with solace. The soundtrack to the stage musical Hair, as well as Fleetwood Mac’s first single “Green Manalishi,” were his first purchases.
Later, he became a huge fan of Marc Bolan and David Bowie, and he took a part-time job as a stable boy to help support his musical inclinations. Following his parents’ divorce in 1972, he returned to Southport with his mother to attend King George V School. He earned two O-Levels in Art and English and was accepted into Southport College’s General Art and Design program, where he specialized in Performance Art.
Almond applied to Leeds Polytechnic and was interviewed by Jeff Nuttall, a fellow performance artist, who admitted him based on his ability to act.
He did a number of performance theatre pieces during his time at art college, including Zazou, Glamour in Squalor, Twilights and Lowlifes, as well as Andy Warhol-inspired mini-movies. The Yorkshire Evening Post reviewed Zazou, calling it “one of the most nihilistic miserable plays that I have ever had the displeasure to see,” prompting Almond to call it a “success” in his memoirs.
He graduated from art school with a 2:1 honors degree. He later credited Molly Parkin, a writer and artist, with discovering him. Almond met David Ball, a fellow student, at Leeds Polytechnic, and the two established Soft Cell in 1977.
Almond grew up listening to his parents’ record collection, which included his mother’s Chris Montez’s “Let’s Dance” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” as well as his father’s jazz selection, which featured Dave Brubeck and Eartha Kitt.
Almond used to listen to Radio Caroline and Radio Luxembourg when he was a teenager. Progressive rock, blues, and rock artists such as Free, Jethro Tull, Van der Graaf Generator, The Who, and The Doors were his earliest influences.
He bought the first issue of Sounds because it came with a free Jimmy Page poster. After hearing Bolan on The John Peel Show, Almond became a fan and purchased the T. Rex record “Ride a White Swan.
” Almond “following everything Marc Bolan did” after that, and it was because of his obsession with Bolan that he changed his name to “Marc.” Through Bowie, he found Jacques Brel’s music, as well as Alex Harvey’s and Dusty Springfield‘s. Brel had a significant impact.
London, Moscow, and Barcelona are where Almond spends his time.
Almond has remarked that being labeled as a “gay” artist bothers him, claiming that it “allows others to marginalize your work and decrease its relevance, implying that it won’t be of any interest to anyone who isn’t gay.”
“Not being one to turn down a theatrical moment and a chance to be banished to the bad book, I quickly said yes,” Almond writes in his memoirs of being called for initiation into Anton LaVey‘s Church of Satan. Boyd Rice, a noise musician, performed the simple ceremony near where the Hellfire Club used to convene in “a little cave in a wood.
” Even though “no dancing naked, no bonfires, no blood sacrifice” was part of the rite, “every hair on my neck stood on edge and sweat sprang out on my upper lip,” according to Almond. In a 2016 interview with Loud and Quiet, Almond explained that the initiation was “a theatrical joke that got a little out of hand” and that he is not a Satanist.
Almond, who received an OBE at the age of 60, said he is still a young man “”I can’t really be a rebel any longer,” she says, adding that she is “a little bit” anti-establishment. It’s time, in my opinion, to hand it off to the younger generation.”