Tainted Love 40

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Tainted Love 40
single by Soft Cell
Cover artwork by Kris Neat
Released 13 July 2022
Label Mercury
Genre synth-pop, new wave
Format 10"
Related Tainted Love
Tainted Love '91

Tainted Love 40 is a limited single by Soft Cell, released to commemorate 40th anniversary since the release of original Tainted Love single.

Release[edit | edit source]

An anniversary reissue of Tainted Love single (originally came out in July 1981) was first announced on June 29, 2021.[1] It was fully revealed on July 16: it includes remastered versions of “Tainted Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go?”, and new remix of “Tainted Love” by Dave Ball. On the same day pre-orders of 10" pink transparent vinyl have started and digital version was released on streaming platforms.[2] Pre-orders also included low quality MP3 versions of the tracks as download. Physical release was put on later date presumably due to ongoing delays of vinyl production and came out on 13 July 2022, nearly a year later.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

Vinyl version
1. Tainted Love(Dave Ball 2021 Extended Mix)Ed Cobb 5:03
1. “Tainted Love” (Original Version)Ed Cobb 2:34
2. Where Did Our Love Go(Original Version)Holland-Dozier-Holland 3:07
Digital version
1. “Tainted Love” (Dave Ball 2021 Extended Mix)Ed Cobb 5:05
2. “Tainted Love” (Original Version / Remastered 2021)Ed Cobb 2:35
3. Where Did Our Love Go?(Original Version / Remastered 2021)Holland-Dozier-Holland 3:09

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Front cover is a slight edit of original Tainted Love single cover: it's the same artwork by Kris Neat depicting northern soul dancers, but the background was changed from yellow to pink and there's no title. Orders from official Soft Cell web site also included 4 postcards with this art, with varying background color: yellow, pink, green and blue. Inner sleeve of vinyl features an early photograph of Soft Cell by Peter Ashworth.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Not quite there with our Tainted Love 40 news yet... (Official Soft Cell page). 29 June 2021. (Facebook)
  2. Soft Cell - Soft Cell TAINTED LOVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL RELEASE!... (Official Soft Cell page). 16 July 2021. (Facebook)
  3. Images for Soft Cell - Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go. (Discogs)
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