It’s How You Tell the Story, Baby (Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go)

Tell me a story, baby
Tell me something real
Tell me something true
Tell me something, baby
Tell me
 just from you

What makes a story compelling?

Excellent question!  My conclusion:  it’s in the telling.

What do you mean, Jellybean?

Let’s look at a couple of songs as examples:  “Tainted Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go”.

Tainted Love was written by Ed Cobb in 1964.  Where Did Our Love Go was written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr., also in 1964.

Tainted Love was originally recorded by Gloria Jones and Where Did Our Love Go was originally recorded by The Supremes.

Soft Cell came along 17 years later and made these songs their own.  Not only that, they created an ultimate mash-up by putting them together.

For your consideration, here are Tainted Love by Gloria Jones and Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes followed by Soft Cell’s mash-up rendition (extended).

Once Soft Cell’s Tainted Love topped the charts many others covered it.  Several also covered Where Did Our Love Go.  I’m including Marilyn Manson’s rendition of Tainted Love as closing act.

 

Tainted Love, by Gloria Jones

[Video posted to youtube by user bricomaligno]

 

Where Did Our Love Go, by The Supremes

[Video posted to youtube by user gaynormartin]

 

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go, by Soft Cell

[Video posted to youtube by user Michael Kane]

 

Tainted Love, by Marilyn Manson

[Video posted to youtube by user Chuan Claw]

 

 

Whose telling of the story do you prefer?

 

 

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18 thoughts on “It’s How You Tell the Story, Baby (Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go)

  1. A most interesting post, Danica. I’ve never much liked Tainted Love, but I wasn’t aware of its history. I’m probably all for the Gloria Jones and The Supremes tracks, though. How can I not be!

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    1. The history is interesting! Gloria Jones and The Supremes performed these songs beautifully and they’re always a pleasure to listen to. On any given day, any of these version could be my favorite. It depends on the mood….

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  2. The Soft Cell version easily, I’ve spent days of my life dancing to it and it instantly sounds exciting and ever so thrillingly seedy to me every time. Maybe that says more about me than them.

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  3. Well, haven’t I got a story for YOU!
    Congrats, Danica, it gives me great pleasure to take MY turn to nominate u for an award – The Blogger Recognition Award!
    Once last yr when I got an award, I wanted to nominate u but u had vanished from th blogosphere – I am so glad u have returned to brighten my dreary existence; u r always an inspiration – bless u
    oh! almost forgot – haha! – ere’s th Link:
    https://bradscribe.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/origins-of-an-ace-oddity-blogger-recognition-award/
    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Brad! You’ve infused my day — my whole week — with thrill and delight!
      I’m so happy to know my wee blog brightens and inspires.
      I’m particularly honored to be among your all-female nominees. Thanks again, Brad. You’re awesome. 🙂

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      1. Aww shucks, Danica – it’s just great to have u back
        Amazing how many wonderful peeps I’ve met thro this medium, and then they completely disappeared – often wonder what became of them. Some – like u – r irreplaceable
        u’r awesome too
        Cheers!

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        1. Thanks, that’s so wonderful to know and it’s truly great to be back.
          It really is amazing how many wonderful people inhabit the blogosphere and I’m happy to know several — yourself included!
          Well, life can happen sometimes and prevent blogging…maybe you can find some through their contact page? Irreplaceable…I’m touched. Thanks for making me smile.

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