Before Antony, Rufus, and even Boy George, there was Marc Almond. As the vocal half of Soft Cell, the groundbreaking electro-pop duo, Almond was upfront and outspoken about his sexuality; he could work an eyeliner wand as well as a microphone. But like the aforementioned artists, it was his unmistakable voice that overrode his flamboyance and ultimately made him unforgettable. His specialty has been documenting the seamy, seedy, and rancid side of life with a touch of elegance, of course. He remains a prolific solo recording artist as well as a bona fide superstar in his native UK.