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Tainted Love - Soft Cell

Tainted Love

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
80s new wave pop synth pop synthpop


"Tainted Love", composed by Ed Cobb and firstsung by Gloria Jones, attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, and has since been covered by numerous other groups and artists. Soft Cell's record label chose to release "Tainted Love" on July 7, 1981 as the band's second single (their first was "Memorabilia", which did not chart). The label implied that this single would be Soft Cell's final release if the single did not sell. Produced by Mike Thorne, the track was recorded in a day and a half with the first of two vocal takes being ultimately used on the record. Buoyed by the then-dominant synthpop sound of the time, and a memorable performance on Top of the Pops, it rapidly reached number one on the UK singles chart, eventually repeating the feat in 17 territories. The following year it charted in the US. Although it took a record-breaking 19 weeks to crack the US Top 40, the song eventually reached #8 and spent a then-record breaking 43 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.


Soft Cell are an electronic music duo that came to prominence in the early 80s. They consist of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo is most widely known for their 1981 worldwide hit version of "Tainted Love" and influential multi-platinum debut ''Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret''. In the UK, they had five Top 5 hits, including "Bedsitter", "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye", "Torch" and "What!", and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. Show more ...

Tainted Love - Soft Cell

Sometimes I feel I've got to run away
I've got to get away
From the pain 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 run from you
This tainted love you've given
I gave you all a boy could give you
Take my tears and that's not nearly all
Oh, tainted love....
Now I know I've got to run away
I've got to get away
You don't really want any more from me
To make things right, you need someone to hold you tight
And you think love is to pray
But I'm sorry I don't pray that way
Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I run from you
This tainted love you've given
I gave 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 gonna pack my things and go (things and go....)
Tainted love (tainted love...)
Run away (run away....)
I need someone (I need someone....)
Tainted love, tainted love
Tainted love, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Touch me baby, tainted love
Tainted love, tainted love
Tainted love, tainted love



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