Soft Cell ‎– Tainted Love

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Cover version of Gloria Jones' "Tainted Love" (the original was released as B-side to My Bad Boy's Comin' Home / Tainted Love), also incorporating a cover of The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go.

This master release includes editions of "Tainted Love" both with and without "Where Did Our Love Go?", but does not include double-A-side editions, like Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go / What!, Tainted Love / Memorabilia nor the 1991 Tainted Love re-recording credited to Marc Almond and Soft Cell.

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Versions (99)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, Pap) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SRE 49855 Soft Cell Tainted Love (7", Single) Sire SRE 49855 US 1981 Sell This Version
6400 527 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go / Memorabilia(12") Vertigo 6400 527 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
6359 081 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Mercury 6359 081 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
6359 068 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Vertigo 6359 068 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
6359 081 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Mercury 6359 081 Australasia 1981 Sell This Version
SOVX 2304 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Vertigo SOVX 2304 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Sire DSRE 49856 US 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6594 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Blu) Celluloid CEL 6594 France 1981 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Jac) Sire, Some Bizzare DSRE 49856 US 1981 Sell This Version
6359 081 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi) Vertigo 6359 081 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
6359 081, 6359 081 Q Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi) Vertigo, Vertigo 6359 081, 6359 081 Q Germany 1981 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Promo) Sire DSRE 49856 US 1981 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", S/Sided, Single) Warner Bros. Records DSRE 49856 US 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single) Some Bizzare BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single) Some Bizzare BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single, ARC) Sire DSRE 49856 US 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6594 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single, Blu) Celluloid CEL 6594 France 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single, Fre) Some Bizzare Label BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
335001 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single, Ltd) Celluloid, Vogue 335001 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6594 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single, Yel) Celluloid CEL 6594 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6594 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", TP) Celluloid CEL 6594 France 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single) Mercury BZS 2 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, Blu) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, M/Print) Mercury BZS 2 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
PRO-S-1028 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, Promo) Sire PRO-S-1028 US 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, RE, Bla) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, Sil) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, Sol) Mercury BZS 2 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
none Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go?(12", Single, TP, Sta) Some Bizzare none UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did our Love Go(12", Single) Some Bizzare BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
60 59 448, 60 59 448 01 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor En Mal Estado(7", Single) Vertigo, Vertigo 60 59 448, 60 59 448 01 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
6059 4480 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor Manchado(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 4480 Guatemala 1981 Sell This Version
SRE 49855 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Mono, Promo) Sire SRE 49855 US 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Austria 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
SOV 2304 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo, Some Bizzare SOV 2304 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
SOV 2304 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo SOV 2304 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Mercury 6059 448 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Some Bizzare BZS 2 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Mercury 6059 448 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
SOV 2304 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo, Some Bizzare SOV 2304 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
VTG-6013 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo VTG-6013 Philippines 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Philips 6059 448 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, 'SB) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, Blu) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, Blu) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, Blu) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, M/Print) Mercury 6059 448 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
SOV 2304 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, M/Print) Vertigo SOV 2304 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, RP, Blu) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, RP, Sil) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
6059 448 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, TP) Philips 6059 448 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, TP, W/Lbl, Pap) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS. 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(Acetate, 7") Not On Label BZS. 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
none Soft Cell Tainted Love(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) Not On Label none UK 1981 Sell This Version
4606 Soft Cell Tainted Love(Cass, Single) Celluloid 4606 France 1981 Sell This Version
7PP-57 ソフト・セル* = Soft Cell ソフト・セル* = Soft Cell - 汚れなき愛 = Tainted Love (7", Single) Vertigo 7PP-57 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
7PP-57 ソフト・セル* = Soft Cell ソフト・セル* = Soft Cell - 汚れなき愛 = Tainted Love(7", Single, Promo) Vertigo 7PP-57 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
S/N 254 Soft Cell Amor Sucio(7", Promo) Mercury S/N 254 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
3046 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go = Amor Sucio(12") Mercury 3046 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
3046 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go = Amor Sucio(12", Promo) Mercury 3046 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
SV 0002, 6359 081 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12") Vertigo, Vertigo SV 0002, 6359 081 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
6059527 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor Incierto(7", Single) Vertigo 6059527 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
6059527 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor Incierto(7", Single, Promo) Vertigo 6059527 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
6059 4480 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor Manchado(7", Single) Philips 6059 4480 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
6059 4480 Soft Cell Tainted Love = Amor Manchado(7", Single, Promo) Philips 6059 4480 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
VRS-30-12 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Promo) Vertigo VRS-30-12 Bolivia 1982 Sell This Version
6059 448, 1220179 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single) Vertigo, PGP RTB 6059 448, 1220179 Yugoslavia 1982 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, RP, Sil) Some Bizzare BZS 2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
6359 081, 6359 081 Q Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi, RE) Vertigo, Vertigo 6359 081, 6359 081 Q Germany 1986 Sell This Version
888 617-7 Soft Cell Tainted Love(7", Single, RE) Vertigo 888 617-7 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
888 617-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, Maxi) Vertigo 888 617-2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
888 617-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, Maxi, Car) Vertigo 888 617-2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
888 617-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, Maxi, Mis) Vertigo 888 617-2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
888 617-3 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, Single, Mini, M/Print) Vertigo 888 617-3 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
888 617-3 Soft Cell Tainted Love(CD, Mini, Single, RE) Vertigo 888 617-3 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", RE, Spe) Sire, Some Bizzare DSRE 49856 US 1989 Sell This Version
888 647-1 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Memorabilia(12", Maxi, RE, Mis) Philips, Vertigo 888 647-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
888 647-1 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi, RE) Vertigo 888 647-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
888 647-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, Maxi) Vertigo 888 647-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
IE 1 Soft Cell Tainted Cash (Remix)(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Soft Cell) IE 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
866 001-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(CD, EP, Comp) Vertigo 866 001-2 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
858 688-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(CD, Single, RE) Vertigo 858 688-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
none Soft Cell Tainted Love (The Remixes)(6xFile, WAV) Cleopatra none US 2010
6359 081, 6359 081 Q Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi, RE) Vertigo, Vertigo 6359 081, 6359 081 Q Germany Unknown Sell This Version
888 647-1 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi, RE) Vertigo 888 647-1 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6359 081 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Maxi, RP, Red) Vertigo 6359 081 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", RE) Sire, Some Bizzare DSRE 49856 US Unknown Sell This Version
DSRE 49856 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", RE, Spe) Sire, Some Bizzare DSRE 49856 US Unknown Sell This Version
875 522-7 Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(7", Single, RE) Vertigo 875 522-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
422 858 688-2 Soft Cell Tainted Love(CD, Single, Mixed) Vertigo 422 858 688-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
RC 4028 Soft Cell Tainted Love(Cass, Maxi, Unofficial) RC Company RC 4028 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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muzikizum1966

muzikizum1966

August 23, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Tainted Love, 7", Single, Pap, BZS 2
Tainted Love is one of those rare moments, where the remake is much better than the original song.
rick420buzz

rick420buzz

December 20, 2015
referencing Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go, 12", RE, Spe, DSRE 49856
Mine has no barcode on the back, has a price of $4.98 printed on the spine. It has "DSRE 49856 ZAA 1813 REIS JWX" in the leadout on Side 1. It has "DSRE-49856-ZAA-1314-S-RE2-ZAA-1313-VI-S-REI-JW2" in the leadout on Side 2
Manu2

Manu2

August 3, 2011
referencing Tainted Love / Memorabilia, 12", Maxi, RE, Mis, 888 647-1
Misprint on the sleeve : "Memorabilia" instead of "Tainted dub".
phuriphonics

phuriphonics

September 28, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go, 12", Maxi, RP, Red, 6359 081

This is one of the first songs I remember from my childhood, and it's always stuck with me.
This is actually a cover version of a northern soul song of the same name, which was sung by Gloria Jones (girlfriend of T Rex's Marc Bolan).
In Dave Ball's hands and with Marc Almond's androgynous voice the song was transformed from a talcum powdered dancefloor favourite into a minimal/electronic/mechanistic unrequited love song.
From the opening bars of simplistic synth stabs (coupled with the stripped to the bone drum machine beats) 'Tainted Love' is equal to any electronic composition by Kraftwerk (who were riding high at that time). It's sheer simplicity is the key to it's perfection as a classic pop song.