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October 12, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Soft Cell, Tainted Love

I’ve been listening to Antony & the Johnsons new album ‘Swanlights’ today and I was intrigued to find out who Antony Hegarty’s main influences are (seeing as he’s such a unique artist himself!). Turns out one of his influences is Marc Almond (of Soft Cell), and I can totally see it! Soft Cell are best known for their cover of ‘Tainted Love’ which we all know and love right?! So here is todays gem, an 80s synth pop classic!

Song: Tainted Love
Artist: Soft Cell (Written by Ed Cobb of The Four Preps)
From Album: Non-stop Erotic Cabaret
Year Released: 1981
Notes: Originally recorded by Gloria Jones but it attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Soft Cell’s version of the song was recorded in a day and a half with singer Marc Almond’s first vocal take being ultimately used on the record.

The band’s record label chose to release “Tainted Love” on July 7, 1981 as Soft Cell’s second single (their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart). The label implied that this single would be Soft Cell’s final release if the single did not sell.
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