Tainted Love

~ Recording by Soft Cell

Appears on releases

# Title Length Release Title Release Artist Date Country Label Catalog#
Official
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Vertigo (British rock label)
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Sire Records M5S 3647
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Sire Records SRK 3647
1.2 Tainted Love 2:43 The Singles Soft Cell Some Bizzare 830 708-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:43 The Singles Soft Cell Some Bizzare 830 708-2
1.4 Tainted Love 2:37 Dance Decade Various Artists London Records 840 621-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:35 Pop & Wave, Volume 1: The Hits of the 80's Various Artists Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) COL 471450 2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:40 Rock of the 80’s, Volume 2 Various Artists Priority Records P2 53705
1.10 Tainted Love 2:35 New Romantic Classics Various Artists Virgin Television Records 0777 7 86524 2 7, VTCD 15
2.3 Tainted Love 2:40 Greatest Hits of the '80s, Volume 1 Various Artists Arcade (record label founded in 1970s by Herman Heinsbroek; use this as its universal imprint) 01 7480.62
2.1 Tainted Love 2:35 Larry's Party Rock 3 Various Artists Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 471610 2, COL 471610 2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Vertigo (British rock label) 800 061-2
1.13 Tainted Love 2:43 Rock Times, Volume 14: 1981-1982 Various Artists Zounds 27000343 A
1.4 Tainted Love 2:36 Glad to Be Gay Various Artists SPV Records (1994 and earlier) SPV 084-93982
1.7 Tainted Love 2:38 Young at Heart Various Artists Sounds Direct SDC697/03
1.16 Tainted Love 2:41 Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the ’80s, Volume 4 Various Artists Rhino (reissue label) R2 71697
1.12 Tainted Love 2:41 Awesome ’80s Various Artists Warner Special Products, Razor & Tie OPCD-4551
1.12 Tainted Love 2:41 Awesome ’80s Various Artists Warner Special Products, Razor & Tie OPCD-4551
1.2 Tainted Love 2:42 Entertainment Weekly: 80's Explosion Various Artists Rhino (reissue label) R2 7074
1.1 Tainted Love 2:37 Hits in the 1st Degree Various Artists New Sound (imprint of UK company Newsound Ltd. up till Sep 1997) NSCD 013
1.3 Tainted Love 2:38 It's Electric: Classic Hits From an Electric Era Various Artists Dino Entertainment DINCD 73
1.13 Tainted Love 2:44 Sounds of the Eighties: 1982 Various Artists Sony Music Special Products, Time-Life Music A-25258, R988-05
1.6 Tainted Love 2:34 Spirit of the Edge, Volume 1 Various Artists PolyGram 314 516 725 2
1.11 Tainted Love 2:41 Summer in the City 3 Various Artists Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 476834-2
2.18 Tainted Love 2:36 The Ultimate Eighties Various Artists PolyGram TV (a division of PolyGram Record Operations Ltd.) 516 831-2
1.4 Tainted Love 2:33 The Ultimate Eighties: The Album of the Decade Various Artists PolyTel 516 982-4
1.6 Tainted Love 2:37 Totally 80s 1+2 Various Artists Insight (Polygram sublabel) 525 350-2
1.4 Tainted Love 2:36 Electric Dreams Various Artists PolyGram TV (a division of PolyGram Record Operations Ltd.) 525 435-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 532595-2
1.7 Tainted Love 2:35 Before Techno Various Artists PolyGram 535752-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:40 New Wave, Number 1 Various Artists PolyGram
2.16 Tainted Love 2:41 Radiottanta Various Artists PolyGram 535 446-2
1.4 Tainted Love 2:40 This Is the 80s Various Artists Warner Music UK Ltd. (not for release label use!) 9548-34205-2
1.12 Tainted Love 2:40 The One and Only 80's Album Various Artists
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell P.E.G. Recordings PEG006 CD
1.4 Tainted Love 2:33 Ultimate New Wave Party 1998 Various Artists
1.14 Tainted Love 2:38 Best Popsongs Ever: 35 Most Wanted Popclassics Various Artists PolyGram TV (a division of PolyGram Record Operations Ltd.) 555 129-2
2.9 Tainted Love 2:37 The No. 1 Dance Party Album Various Artists PolyGram 555058-2, 555059-2
2.2 Tainted Love 2:41 Was het nu 70 of 80? Volume 4 Various Artists EVA (for use with NL/BE/FR releases only. see annotation) 7243 842631 2
2.7 Tainted Love 2:34 Party Police, Volume 1 Various Artists Sony Music Media SMM 489336 2
1.9 Tainted Love 2:35 Pop & Wave, Volume 1: The Hits From the Fantastic 80's Various Artists Sony Music Media SMM 471450 6
1.20 Tainted Love 2:35 We Can't Get Enough! Best of the Eighties Various Artists
2.13 Tainted Love 2:39 Media Markt Collection: The 80s Various Artists Brunswick News 565 655-2
1.5 Tainted Love 2:35 Fetenkult: Wave to the 80's Various Artists Ariola 74321 60721 2
1.13 Tainted Love 2:40 The Biggest 80’s Hits in the World… Ever! Various Artists Virgin TV 218
4.13 Tainted Love 2:34 Back to the 80’s: De Hits uit de Jaren ’80, Volume 3 Various Artists Sony Music Media 491879-2
3.8 Tainted Love 2:36 80's Comeback Various Artists Sony Music Media 985828 2
1.10 Tainted Love 2:40 Le Plein de tubes Various Artists PolyGram Projets Spéciaux 6930
2.20 Tainted Love 2:38 Party Various Artists PolyGram TV (a division of PolyGram Record Operations Ltd.) 565 448 2
1.15 Tainted Love 2:35 Relax! The Ultimate 80’s Mix Various Artists PolyGram TV (a division of PolyGram Record Operations Ltd.) 565 285-2
3.5 Tainted Love 2:38 The Eighties: A Decade of Hits Various Artists 565 788-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 422 800 061-2
1.7 Tainted Love 2:38 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1981: The Millennium Series Various Artists Universal (plain logo: "Universal"), Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries) 7243 5 20256 2 6, NOWMIL 1981
2.7 Tainted Love 2:42 Modern 80's: The Best of Discopop, Volume 4 Various Artists Polystar (Germany) 545 008-2
1.15 Tainted Love 2:42 Millennium '80s New Wave Party Various Artists Rhino (reissue label) R2 75923
2.18 Tainted Love 2:39 Celebration 2000 Various Artists Universal Music TV (UK) 545 066-2
2.11 Tainted Love 2:35 Cold Feet Various Artists BMG UK & Ireland
2.13 Tainted Love 2:40 Hits der 80er Various Artists 565 738-2
2.1 Tainted Love 2:38 Hot Pop Various Artists
1.16 Tainted Love 2:36 Party Party Party Various Artists Marks & Spencer
1.5 Tainted Love 2:41 The No. 1 Party Collection Various Artists DGCD 012
2.6 Tainted Love 2:39 Young Guns Go for It: Heroes of the 80's Various Artists BBC Music, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries) 7243 8 49806 2 7, VTDCD346
1.4 Tainted Love 2:40 Die ultimative 80'er Fete Various Artists Polystar (Germany) 560 935-2
3.1 Tainted Love 2:35 Back to the 80’s: De Hits uit de Jaren ’80: Pop & Wave Various Artists Sony Music Media 501266 2
3.15 Tainted Love 2:35 Hits of the World 80's Various Artists Brunswick News 107 672-2
1.11 Tainted Love 2:36 Hits von 1975-2000 Various Artists Sony Music Media SMM 9864002
1.4 Tainted Love 2:42 Tubes New Wave Various Artists Universal Licensing Music (U.L.M) 520 162-2
2.15 Tainted Love 2:39 The Greatest No. 1 Singles Various Artists Virgin TV VTDCD 357
1.11 Tainted Love 2:39 Het Beste uit de Homo Top 100 Various Artists EMI Music Netherlands (this is not an imprint! it likely refers to EMI Music Netherlands BV) 5346002
1.14 Tainted Love 2:41 I Want My 80's Box! Various Artists
1.3 Tainted Love 2:37 Atomic 80s: The Definitive Eighties Album Various Artists Universal Music TV (UK) 585 162-2
1.8 Tainted Love 2:43 Modern Rock: Dance Various Artists Time-Life Music R828-05
2.11 Tainted Love 2:35 Cold Feet: The Official Soundtrack to the Series Various Artists Global Television, Granada Media 74321726072
1.12 Tainted Love 2:39 Don't Stop the 80's Various Artists Warner Special Marketing 8573-88406-2
1.12 Tainted Love 2:36 Don't Stop the 80’s Various Artists Warner Special Marketing 8573-88406-2
1.8 Tainted Love 2:38 Generation '80s Various Artists Warner Special Products
1.8 Tainted Love 2:43 Modern Rock: Dance Various Artists Time-Life Music
2.5 Tainted Love 2:37 Pop Revolution: 1980-1981 Various Artists Time-Life Music TL-703/04, TL703/04
2.4 Tainted Love 2:36 Pride 2001 Various Artists Warner Strategic Marketing Germany (subsidiary of Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH) 8573-88690-2
1.5 Tainted Love 2:35 The 80's Are Back Various Artists Polymedia Catalogue Marketing 585 238-2
1.5 Tainted Love 2:35 The 80's Hits Various Artists Universal Music B.V. (not for release label use! NL subsidiary of UMG) 584 117-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:34 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 314 586 719-2
1.2 Tainted Love 2:43 The Very Best of Soft Cell Soft Cell Some Bizzare 586 834-2
2.1 Tainted Love 2:35 Die 80er Show Various Artists
3.3 Tainted Love 2:42 Like, Omigod! The ’80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) Various Artists Rhino (reissue label) R2 78239
2.1 Tainted Love 2:35 Absolute Synth Classics Various Artists EVA Records (Sweden) ACCD 3004
1.2 Tainted Love 2:43 The Very Best of Soft Cell Soft Cell Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 3145869122
2.4 Tainted Love 2:39 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists Virgin TV VTDCD X 491
2.1 Tainted Love 2:36 Eighties Various Artists Rajon Music Group CDR0002
1.2 Tainted Love 2:39 Only Fools and Horses: The Album Various Artists
2.5 Tainted Love 2:41 The Best 80s Modern Rock Album... Ever! Various Artists EMI Music Canada 526872
1.1 Tainted Love 2:41 BackPack 80's: Wave Back Various Artists Warner Strategic Marketing Germany (subsidiary of Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH) 0927-46842-2
4.11 Tainted Love 2:41 Best of Formel Eins: Die Kulthits Various Artists Universal Music Germany (this is a misnamed label for Universal Music GmbH, and will eventually be removed. do not use as an imprint!) 583 519-2
1.3 Tainted Love 2:36 High School Reunion, Volume 2 Various Artists Rajon Music Group STV0027
2.8 Tainted Love 2:34 RTL SuperStars Various Artists SR International
1.15 Tainted Love 2:34 Absolute 80s Various Artists EVA Records (Sweden) EVACD 4027
Promotion
1.6 Tainted Love 2:35 Chart Busters Various Artists PolyGram PSPCD340
1.7 Tainted Love 2:36 80s on the Edge Various Artists EMI‐Capitol Music Special Markets 72435-23275-2-2
Bootleg
1.14 Tainted Love 2:36 Jule CD'n 2000 Various Artists [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)
(unknown)
1.9 Tainted Love 2:41 Lost and Found: 1979-1987 Various Artists

Relationships

electronic instruments and other instruments: Dave Ball (UK electronic musician, part of Soft Cell)
engineer: Paul Hardiman
mixer: Harvey Goldberg
producer: Mike Thorne (UK producer & keyboardist)
vocals: Marc Almond (English pop singer and songwriter)
phonographic copyright by: Mercury Records Ltd. (London) (for copyrights use only) (1981)
sampled by: Come Back Down by Trevor Something
SOS by Rihanna
part of: New York Post: 100 Greatest Covers (2007) (number: 10)
recording of: Tainted Love (cover)

Tainted Love

composer: Ed Cobb
lyricist: Ed Cobb
publisher: Burlington Music Co., Ltd.
later parody versions: Faithless Love
Tainted Pub
later translated versions: Falso amor