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"Tainted Love" - 由倉底貨到流行經典

說到八十年代的synth-pop經典,不得不提的是1981年英國二人組合Soft Cell的”Tainted Love”。

“Tainted Love”除了是1981年英國全年銷量總冠軍細碟、1982年BRIT Awards的Best Single之外,在大西洋彼岸的美國也能成功登陸,在Billboard Hot 100最高登上第八位,並在榜內停留連續43個星期,破了當時連續留在榜內週數最長的紀錄。

由於”Tainted Love”太成功,很多人以為它是Soft Cell原創的。其實此曲是改編自1965年由Ed Cobb作曲,美國黑人女歌手Gloria Jones主唱的原曲,是一個並不流行,甚至是沒有太多人認識的騷靈版本。

Gloria Jones的版本收錄在她1965年出版的細碟”My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home”的B-side。這張細碟當時並不成功,外間反應冷淡,因此未能打進美國Billboard細碟榜。它很快便被大眾遺忘成為倉底貨,但在機緣巧合之下這張single在八年後得到一次重生的機會。

英國北部在六十年代尾開始流行一種叫「北方靈魂樂」(Northern Soul)的音樂,在各大小夜場、俱樂部、及跳舞場所都愛播放這類快板、帶有跳舞節奏的美國黑人騷靈樂曲。而這些場所大都選擇一些非主流、較冷門的樂曲來播放,主流如Motown的出品則儘量避免。1973年時有一夜場DJ在美國四出搜羅適合的Northern Soul唱片時發現了Gloria Jones的”Tainted Love”,他買了這張細碟並在回國後於各跳舞場所大力播放,結果令此曲在這個地下圈子裏流行起來。 152 more words


"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell Music Review

Synthy synthy synth synth

I swear, this is one of those 80s songs that everyone names when naming 80s songs, which is weird since the song was written in the 60s. 82 more words

80s Music Review


This song, and indeed its cover, have both featured on the blog before. But a while back it hit me that the two versions deal with very different feelings and emotions and in the case of the cover raises highly relevant social issues that have been with us for as long as I can remember and which nobody in power has ever made it a priority to tackle. 148 more words

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When Chris De Burgh's eyebrows were totally on fleek

It’s funny isn’t it, how hearing a certain song can take you back to a time and place in a way almost nothing else can? Every time I hear Chris De Burgh’s ‘Lady in Red’ (deeply uncool I know), I’m reminded of my first ever slow dance. 522 more words

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981)

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell is a cover song. It has been so commercially and critically successful as a cover song that not many people realise that it is a cover song.  1,207 more words

Radio 80, side A, track 4: "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell

Oh, Soft Cell, this song is amazing.  No specific memories of it, no idea when I first heard it or when I’ve ever heard it, but it is a part of me and I love it so.   18 more words


Chart for stowaways - 8 April 2017

Here are this week’s top albums:

  1. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  3. New Order – Lost Sirens
  4. The Human League – Anthology – A Very British Synthesizer Group…
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