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Tainted Love
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Artist Soft Cell
Genre Pop
Year 1981
Music Video Yes checkY
Song Type On-disc Song
DLC Song
Release date(s) April 2, 2010 (I Love The 80s)
April 16, 2010 (DLC Song)

"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart. and has since been covered by numerous other groups and artists.

The vocal-and-synth duo Soft Cell had become aware of the song through its status as a Northern Soul hit, and recorded a drastically different arrangement of "Tainted Love" in 1981. Produced by Mike Thorne, the Soft Cell track featured a slower tempo than Jones' version, and instrumentally relied on synthesizers and rhythm machines rather than the guitars, bass, drums and horns of the original.

This song is featured on the Lips: I Love The 80s soundtrack.

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