“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
This is one of the biggest one-hit wonders of the ’80s, and maybe of all time. “Tainted Love” was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965. But the English duo, Soft Cell, (consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball) made it a worldwide hit in the early ’80s. It was released as their second single. Their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart. “Tainted Love” was a No. 1 hit in 17 countries. In the U.S., the song took 19 weeks to enter the Top 40. It eventually peaked at #8 on July 17, 1982. It went on to set a Guinness World Record at the time for the longest consecutive stay (43 weeks) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Soft Cell went on to score some more hits in the U.K., but they never charted again in the U.S. Almond and Ball amicably decided to end Soft Cell in 1984. Almond and Ball reunited as Soft Cell in 2001, with a series of live dates. They went on to release a new album in 2001, and issued a remix album in 2008.
Here is Soft Cell’s smash hit, “Tainted Love”:
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