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NEWS 38 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!

38 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!

05th of September 2019, 10:16

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Today, 38 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade while it also became the best-selling single of 1981 within the UK. The song also pushed through to the eighth position in the American Billboard Top 100, in which it lasted no less than 43 weeks. It became also a (number 1) hit in most European countries. Although Soft Cell's version was substantially different from the original version, the original version from 1964 performed by the American Gloria Jones, was re-released in the footsteps of Soft Cell’s success. The song was composed by producer Ed Cobb and originally released as a b-side which did not reach the hit parades.

Soft Cell brought the tempo down and replaced all acoustic instruments and electric guitars with synthesizers and drum computers. The song is said to have been recorded in a day and a half, with Soft Cell singer Marc Almond’s first vocal take being used as the definitive vocal track for the single release.

On the 12” release, the song changes halfway to a medley with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ originally by The Supremes.

The single also announced the release of the Soft Cell debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. An album that was also released as a video album with the title "Non-Stop Exotic Video Show”, hence the original video clip below. Later, in 1991, a new version was recorded with a video directed by musician / director Peter Christopherson (RIP). The latter also covered "Tainted Love" in 1985 with his cult band Coil. Marc Almond can also be seen in Coil’s video clip.

In 2001, Marilyn Manson also successfully ventured into a cover version of Tainted Love. His version managed to penetrate hit parades almost all over the world, in some countries even up to the top 10.

Meanwhile, more than 1.35 million units of Soft Cell’s "Tainted Love" have been sold!


Tainted Love

Sometimes I feel I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away from the pain that you drive into the heart of me
The love we share
Seems to go nowhere
And I've lost my light
For I toss and turn I can't sleep at night

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all

Oh tainted love
Tainted love
Now I know I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away
You don't really want it any more from me
To make things right
You need someone to hold you tight
And you'll think love is to pray
But I'm sorry I don't pray that way

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all

Oh tainted love
Tainted love
Don't touch me please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I'm going to pack my things and go

Tainted love, tainted love
Tainted love, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love

DISCOGS


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Vandaag 38 jaar geleden bereikte Soft Cell’s versie van Tainted Love de nummer één positie van de Britse hitparade en werd het de best verkopende single van 1981 in de UK. Het nummer stootte ook door tot de achtste plaats in de Amerikaanse Billboard Top 100, waar het maar liefst 43 weken stand hield. In de meeste Europese landen werd het een (nummer 1) hit. Hoewel Soft Cell’s versie wezenlijk verschilde van de originele versie werd in de voetsporen van hun succes ook de originele versie uit 1964, uitgevoerd door de Amerikaanse Gloria Jones, opnieuw uitgebracht. Het door producer Ed Cobb gecomponeerde nummer werd oorspronkelijk als b-kant uitgebracht en kwam nooit in de hitparades.

Soft Cell bracht het tempo naar beneden en verving alle akoestische instrumenten en elektrische gitaren door synthesizers en drumcomputers. Het nummer werd opgenomen op anderhalve dag tijd en Soft Cell zanger Marc Almond’s eerste ‘take’ werd als definitieve vocal track gebruikt voor deze single release.

Op de 12” release gaat het nummer halverwege over naar een medley met ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, oorspronkelijk een nummer van The Supremes.

De single kondigde meteen ook de release van het Soft Cell debuutalbum Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret aan. Een album dat eveneens als videoalbum werd uitgegeven onder de titel ‘Non-Stop Exotic Video Show’.

Het was naar aanleiding van deze videorelease dat onderstaande originele videoclip werd opgenomen. Later, in 1991, werd een nieuwe versie opgenomen met een video geregisseerd door muzikant/regisseur Peter Christopherson (RIP). Deze laatste coverde ‘Tainted Love’ ook al in 1985 met zijn cultband Coil. In Coil’s videoclip is Marc Almond trouwens ook te zien.

In 2001 waagde ook Marilyn Manson zich aan een coverversie van Tainted Love en mét succes. Ook zijn versie wist over bijna heel de wereld in de hitparades te penetreren, in sommige landen tot zelfs hoog in de top 10.

Ondertussen zijn er al meer dan 1,35 miljoen stuks van Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ verkocht!

Tainted Love

Sometimes I feel I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away from the pain that you drive into the heart of me
The love we share
Seems to go nowhere
And I've lost my light
For I toss and turn I can't sleep at night

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all

Oh tainted love
Tainted love
Now I know I've got to
Run away I've got to
Get away
You don't really want it any more from me
To make things right
You need someone to hold you tight
And you'll think love is to pray
But I'm sorry I don't pray that way

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all

Oh tainted love
Tainted love
Don't touch me please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I'm going to pack my things and go

Tainted love, tainted love
Tainted love, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love
Tainted love

DISCOGS

ORIGINAL (1982) OFFICIAL (1991) COIL MARILYN MANSON


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