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The Original Tainted Love

Posted in Music with tags , on July 11, 2017 by telescoper

Following 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 realise that the Soft Cell version was a cover). Here it is, as performed by Gloria Jones in 1964. It’s a quite different take, with a definitive Northern Soul sound, but it has the same backing riff as in the Soft Cell.

Incidentally, Gloria Jones later became the girlfriend of Marc Bolan, and it was she who was driving the car in 1977 that crashed into a tree killing Marc Bolan who was in the passenger seat. I didn’t make that connection until a chance conversation at the cricket on Saturday!