Tainted Love of Music

We all know without Black people there would be no rock ‘n roll. Actually, without Black people there wouldn’t be a United States either, and Indigenous people would likely be super OK with that, but that’s a topic for another post. What I did not know until last week was that the iconic 80s hit “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell was a remake of a song originally by, you guessed it, a Black woman. Thank you to Gloria Jones for that song and for a storied career writing songs and singing with Uptown Records and Motown Records and working with T. Rex and sliding right into disco with many credits, including writing the hit “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet” sung by Gonzales.

And thanks to the Emerson College radio station WERS for not only teaching me about the original version, but for also playing a very cool new version by a young one, Milky Chance.

You can hear all three versions below, and I couldn’t resist including a 4th lesser known version from the 80s. God love that crazy decade. I thought the Soft Cell video was strange, but hey, it was the 80s and people were pulling videos out of their asses, making up stuff as they went along. I’m not quite sure what excuse Milky Chance has. Ah, youth. Enjoy.

The lady has soul.

Gloria Jones photo credit: Her Facebook page.

4 Comments

  1. Now I understand why Soft Cell always seemed…like their voices weren’t quite inhabiting their own song. Because it needs to be sung with edge, like she sings it. It’s not a chant or a whine. Personally, I am all about Milky Chance, both his cover and the video. OK, the bear…yeah but the rest worked for me.

    1. Very true about Soft Cell. And in their longer version, they add “Where Did Our Love Go,” which always seemed to negate the first part. Ha ha, yeah, we’ll allow the young one his version!

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