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Tainted Love

Episode 3 of 4

The Motown song that became a 70s Northern Soul scene favourite, and a huge 80s pop hit in a version by Soft Cell. From January 2008.

Originally a Motown song written by Ed Cobb and recorded by Gloria Jones, Tainted Love became famous on the UK's Northern Soul scene in the late 1970s.

It was heard by Marc Almond and Dave Ball who later became Soft Cell, and recorded a classic version.

Featuring:

Mark Ravenhill
Peter Christopherson
Ray Harris
Russ Winstanley
Alan King
Dave Ball
Mike Thorne
Danny McNamara
Nev Fountain

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact.

Producer: Sara Conkey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.

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30 minutes

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Last Wednesday 00:30

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  • Tue 22 Jan 2008 13:30
  • Sat 26 Jan 2008 15:30
  • Fri 1 Apr 2016 18:30
  • Sat 2 Apr 2016 00:30
  • Tue 17 Nov 2020 18:30
  • Last Wednesday 00:30

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