Tainted Love

And now for something completely different…

A little bird told me that it was exactly 36 years ago today, on 7th July 1981, that the single Tainted Love was released in the UK by Soft Cell. The record climbed rapidly to Number 1 and was the biggest-selling record of the year. Here it is being performed on Top of the Pops..

I was still at school in July 1981, having finished my A-levels; I would return to school after the summer break to take the Cambridge entrance examination.

Here’s a scary fact for those of you who, like me, remember this record from the time of its release: July 7th 1981 is closer to the end of the Second World War (August 1945) than it is to the present day (July 7th 2017).

And on that note I wish you happy weekend!

 

 

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5 Responses to “Tainted Love”

  1. This is Soft Cell’s most famous song, but it is a cover. Despite the electronics, it is quite close to the original.

  2. I guess it was soft cell who set the pattern of the silent keyboard maestro accompanying a more extroverted singer, a pattern followed by Yazoo and the Pet Shop Boys, among others.

    • telescoper Says:

      I think Sparks were way ahead of them!

      • Sparks were never as “pop” as the other bands, but yes, they might have originated this. On the other hand, they used to be a full band, only moving to the duo at the end of the 70s. Not sure if they or Soft Cell did it first.

  3. […] on from last week’s post of the 1981 Soft Cell version of Tainted Love, I thought I’d post the original version of this song (for those of you who didn’t […]

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