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Soft Cell — Tainted Love
Album: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
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Released: 1981
Length: 2:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears, and that's not nearly all
Tainted love (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'll run from you
This tainted love you've given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears, and that's not nearly all
Tainted love (Oh)
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

Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Touch me, baby, tainted love

Touch me, baby, tainted love
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love
Tainted love
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Coneheads!!   
For anyone interested.  Soft Cell have a new album due 06 May 2022,  *Happiness Not Included.
I absolutely cannot abide this noise.
Great! Brings back memories! Overplayed severely on the radio, when it came out.  So much better NOW in FLAC  w/ great studio phones, amp & DAC!  Thank You RP!  
Divine. Everything about it. Divine.
Irrational I know, but I hate, hate, hate this version. Something dies in me every time I hear it. Wichita Lineman is another.

Off now, to spread a little joy somewhere else.
I was in Gr. 11 when this came out in 1981. We'd never heard anything like it before.
my introduction to this song: then MARiLYN MANSON furthered the cover

OMG! I'd always thought this was early 1990s. Might be the synchronicity with the time I started going out :)
IMHO the perfect cover.
 Proclivities wrote:
It would be good to hear the original version by Gloria Jones.

 
Genius.

 
 kurtster wrote:
Ear candy.  Long version is even better.

 
Ah, yes, that reminds me that, back in the 80s when vinyl still ruled, singles regularly came out in 12" versions which were ideal for the dance floor, and this was one of them.

I loved Soft Cell's electro-sleaze then, and I think it's still appealing and relevant 3 decades later.
Bad case of psd
I used to work at this company back in the 90's that had this phone system that your desk phone would beep when you had a voice message. The tone and beat was exactly like the one in this song. So whenever someone got a voice message the whole department would start singing Tainted Love to the phone Beep Beep.
Ear candy.  Long version is even better.
It would be good to hear the original version by Gloria Jones.
Takes me back....love it!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Excellent!
{#Heartkiss} ..... luv it, dancing time 8 >>> 9
I like this song though if you listen to closely and get that department store ding in your head that can be trouble!{#Lol}
Trippy, silly, Time-Freezing stuff. When it came out and was on the radio, we enjoyed making mirthful parody of it.  And it's worthy of it yet!
Great sleaze-pop. I loved this in the day because it was so different, and I think it still works. Soft Cell's work immediately evokes images of dark, dingy basement clubs in Soho with dodgy characters and sticky carpets. And sexual deviance, of course {#Angel}

Soft Cell was always a guilty pleasure, a bit like watching a sleazy porn video. 8 from the guiltily perverted Nottingham jury.
This always seemed like one of the least musical recordings I ever heard. Mediocre melody, cheap synthetic instrumentation, off-key singing. Catchy song in its own way, but really amateurishly produced.
This is so strange to hear here, but i cant get away from this earwurm!
It hasn't aged well, but scores an 8 for personal nostalgia..... Miss Brown... where are you now? ;)
You have to love what the AMG entry has to say about Soft Cell, \"A synth-pop duo famed for its uniquely sleazy electronic sound\" :) It\'s good for a few 80\'s memories, at least.
Did anyone ever like this song? :roll:
Hmmm. Niether eclectic nor intelligent. But that\'s ok as it takes all kinds to make a world.
This set needed this song - or some approximation - at this time.