Tainted Love

 

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It was deep autumn of 1988, my first semester away at college, when I popped some ecstasy and danced my ass off to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” The pill-popping wasn’t a habit, just an experience. I don’t say this to be cool or convey shame. Our pasts do not define us. I often think how the sum of our parts makes up the whole of our being and how life is one continual remake. All of this goes through my mind when I hear this song. Life is tainted. No one is perfect. Everyday is a brand new start, and I just try to be better than I was yesterday.

In the ‘80s, I had no clue the song was a remake. News to me in recent years, Gloria Jones first recorded “Tainted Love” in 1964. 

 

 

The English synthesizer and vocal duo Soft Cell slowed the “Tainted Love” tempo in 1981 and made it famous. It was the bestselling single in the UK that year, and the song spent a record-breaking 43 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100. But, oh my, this video. So ’80s.

There are quite a few versions out there, like the notable Marilyn Manson’s take in 2001 and Imelda May’s twist in 2010. My personal favorite is the 2008 remake by My Brightest Diamond, a project of singer-songwriter-instrumentalist and University of North Texas alumna Shara Nova. 

 

And sometimes I still dance my ass off. (Re)make it a fantastic (Mon)day, everybody!

37 thoughts on “Tainted Love

  1. Thank you so much Crystal for your blog post. For me the first paragraph was perfect. Every day is fresh start, the past is done, remember it and treasure it or learn from it.
    I also applaud your honesty, and willingness to share, because our past does not define us as you declared. What I did as 16 year old does not reflect my choices now that I am 61.
    I like how you think, and glad to hear you enjoy dancing your ass off now and then. lol An awesome expression.

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    1. David, this response made me laugh out loud. This morning, I’ve posted a blog, gone for a walk, and sweated my a** off. And the post seems to have had a nice effect. I’m feeling good about the start of this day. Now I think I’ll go shower, and I might just dance there.

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  2. Gosh, Crystal, “Tainted Love,” our Gen X version, is a remake? I’m ashamed to say I had no idea, though your revelations make my ignorance a little less mortifying.

    Consequently, this all is quite new to me, and I don’t think I’ve had time sufficient to form a comparative opinion of the two songs Lest week, sure, I had known about the original and the “:Lebowski” versions for years This week, though…

    Give me a few days.

    Oh, as to our pasts, so much of what I did then makes me cringe now, but hey, how else do we learn? Forgive me for pulling out this quote a second time (I think),” but one of Franklin’s is a favorite – “Experience exacts a steep tuition, but some will learn in no other school.” .

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    1. I definitely have some cringeworthy memories locked away in the closet. Franklin’s words comfort me some, and I like this one from Lamentations: “God’s mercy and grace are new every morning.” All of that reminds me to be kind to myself.

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  3. I appreciate how your posts are always honest and interesting. My memories of Tainted Love originate in the early 80’s when I was in my mid-20’s! Ecstasy came a little after my short-lived mind-bending drug period, so I never had the pleasure. But Tainted Love was very popular and like you, it always reminds me of those partying days from long ago. I agree that those misadventures don’t define us. Glad we survived and moved on!

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  4. I checked out your blog a few days ago and since then you’ve liked a few comments I’ve made on other people’s posts. I think you’re tracking me lol!

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