Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ROCK Sex: the original "Tainted Love"

ROCK Sex "gives you all a boy can give you".


The original "Tainted Love" was a Northern Soul song performed by GLORIA JONES in 1964. Later, she became the partner and muse of T-REX's Marc Bolan:

GLORIA JONES -"TAINTED LOVE" (1964)




The song was remade in a pretty similar but more Pop fashion in 1975:

RUTH SWANN -"TAINTED LOVE" (1975)


Shortly afterward Gloria Jones and Marc Bolan remade the song:

GLORIA JONES, w/ Marc Bolan -"TAINTED LOVE" (1976)




Marc Almond
of SOFT CELL heard the original played in a dance club and made it into the Synthpop anthem of all time:

SC -"TL" (1981)


From there it has been covered/exhalted/ruined (depending on your bias) by Coil, Inspiral Carpets, My Ruin, Marilyn Manson, The Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, and Danny Noriega.

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