Soft Cell

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Tainted Love’

The song, “Tainted Love”, was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964

“Tainted Love” was written by Edward Cobb (1938-1999) and recorded by American singer Gloria Jones (b.1945) in 1964 as the B side to her single “My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home”. The song was a commercial flop on both sides of the Atlantic, although it received a revival in British clubs in the mid 1970’s and failed to chart after a second re-release in 1976.

British synth wave duo Soft Cell (Marc Almond, b.1957 and Dave Ball, b.1959) recorded the song for their debut album, “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”, in 1981 and released it as the third single. It became their breakout hit when it topped the charts the world over, being Platinum certified in the UK and Canada and Gold certified in Australia and in many other countries. It peaked at No.8 in America.

Rock band Marilyn Manson recorded their version in 2001 for their fifth studio album, “The Golden Age Of Grotesque”. This new version of the song went to No.5 in the UK and into the top ten in a dozen other countries worldwide, although it never charted on the US singles chart, it did make a small dent in the Billboard rock tracks chart, albeit briefly.

But which version is the best? GLORIA’s original, SOFT CELL’s cover or MARILYN MANSON’s rock version?

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!