Friday, January 28, 2005

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's cover 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.

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Blogger howard said...

I love tainted love, but I remember it did go on a bit at the school discos to dance to (Soft Cell 12" version) - thanks for posting so many versions .

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Blogger Niandi said...

kinda ironic that Gloria Jones was driving the car that Marc Bolan died in and Marc Almond nearly met a similar fate in a motorcyle accident last year. Thanx for the post. I've never heard the original

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Blogger myrrh said...

my band also covers this song and i'm VERY curious to hear the gloria jones version... and the links no longer work. any clue where else i can track this down to hear it?

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Gloria Jones version was pretty humdrum. It would have remained in obscurity had it not been rescued by Soft Cell.

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The Gloria Jones original was a favourite in the 1970's dance clubs of Northern England, It was Marc Almonds affinity to these clubs that led him to cover this and other Northern Soul Faves.

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