Soft Cell - Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go Vinyl Album

Soft Cell - Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go Vinyl Album
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Soft Cell - Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? Vinyl Album

Produced by Mike Thorne, the Soft Cell track featured a slow tempo and was in the key of G rather than the original C to match Marc Almond's lower voice. Synthesizers and rhythm machines replaced the original's guitars, bass, drums, and horns. Soft Cell's version was recorded in a day and a half with Almond's first vocal take being used on the record. The band's record label chose to release "Tainted Love" on July 7, 1981 as Soft Cell's second single (their first was "Memorabilia", which did not chart). The label implied that this single would be Soft Cell's final release if the single did not sell. The 12" single version (extended dance version) was a medley, transitioning to a cover of The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" half-way through the song. Buoyed by the then-dominant Synthpop sound of the time and a memorable performance on Top of the Pops, "Tainted Love" rapidly reached #1 on the UK singles chart, eventually repeating the feat in 17 territories. "Tainted Love" was the best-selling single in the UK for 1981, and it has sold 1.27 million copies as of November 2012. On the US chart dated January 16, 1982, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #90. It appeared to peak at #64 and fell to #100 on Feb. 27. After spending a second week at #100, it started climbing again. It took 19 weeks to crack the US Top 40. The song reached #8 and spent a then record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100. Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love" ranked #2 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders and #5 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Both the album cover and the vinyl album are used but in great condition. The inner sleeve is the original generic sleeve.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - Tainted Love - Where Did Our Love Go
Side Two
B - Memorabilia
C - Tainted Dub

 

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