Tainted love -which version is best (least bad)?

  1. arildno

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    "Tainted love"-which version is best (least bad)?

    Ed Cobb's classic from the 1960's has been performed by many artists, and it happens to be one of my favourite "light" pop tunes.

    So, I'll post the ones I've found on youtube and prefer:

    1964-Gloria Jones (original)


    1981-Soft Cell (the one I grew up with, and am partial to)


    1985-Coil (great version, IMO)


    2001-Manson (the one I like the least..)
     
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  3. Chi Meson

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    Easy:

    The Swans' version.

    Can't find a link yet.
     
  4. Math Is Hard

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    I hear there's a Ramones version of it. I'm intrigued!

    I do love the Soft Cell version. Brings back happy memories. :)
     
  5. JasonRox

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    I like the Manson song and video the best of all.
     
  6. Kurdt

    Kurdt 4,941
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    I quite like all of them. Its just a good song.
     
  7. Soft cell. What can I say? I'm biased.
     
  8. arildno

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    The Gloria Jones original is a fairly new addition to youtube, and it was a pleasant rendering.
    Hopefully, the Swans' and The Ramones' versions will be posted as well by someone (I haven't heard those)
     
  9. arildno

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    Here's a few more:

    Milk Inc:

    Marc Almond, 1993:

    Pussycat Dolls (together with Marc, though..):
     
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  10. radou

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    Gloria Jones. Old school.
     
  11. cristo

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    Ok, so my favourite's now the Pussycat Dolls one! :biggrin:
     
  12. holy crap, i'm going to make a mix cd with just all these different covers

    omg gloria jones all the way; that one is definitely the best
     
  13. turbo

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    Gloria Jones, for sure! I fell in love with this song (and many other Motown-flavored releases) when it was new. I had my little AM radio tuned to Buffalo every night as soon as the sun went down (when the little stations had to shut down and give the big boys the airwaves).
     
  14. FredGarvin

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    Definitely Manson.
     
  15. I loved Soft Cells version, Blue Oyster Cult did it too.
     
  16. Math Is Hard

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    Is there anyone who hasn't done this song?
     
  17. Evo

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    Soft Cell for me, that's the one I grew up with also.
     
  18. turbo

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    I never covered this one, though I must admit to covering a lot of songs by Peter Green (founder of Fleetwood Mac in the mid-60s) and Elmore James, along with more blues giants than I could ever name.
     
  19. turbo

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    Soft Cell's "sonar" blips were were not only intrusive, but wrecked the tone of the original, for me. I'm older, and probably got hooked on the original.
     
  20. Manson. His is the best.
     
  21. Chi Meson

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    BOC?

    I cannot imagine it.
     
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