As you might know, "Tainted Love" was first commited by Gloria Jones
in the 60s, a soul singer who is mainly known for that song and then for having married Marc Bolan
; here's her version
. Later on, in the 70s, "Tainted Love" was redone by Ruth Swan, featuring those two hits (in her version
done by the brass section) appearing for example after "I've got to..." which were to re-appear on Soft Cell
and on most other forthcoming versions of the song that I know. I'm not sure whether those hits appeared on any earlier version, in any case they weren't there yet on Jones's original.
"Tainted Love" became Soft Cell's only big hit, undeservedly as it is so often, because at least "Sex Dwarf" is a good song. Their version definitely went into a darker direction and some time later, Coil
came up with their goth cover
, committed, among other things, with bell voices and choir synths; the hits I mentioned above strogly changed as well. Coil's version may sufficiently show why Marilyn Manson
's cover was completely spare, but the last few doubting that should be convinced by the metal version
done by My Riun
in 1999 (which I do not like but hey, I don't like Marlyn Manson either). Have fun with the song.