Gloria Jones ‘Tainted Love’

This 1965 northern soul stomper by Gloria Jones is known for two reasons. It was famously covered by Soft Cell (and the 12″ mix of their version is segues into Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes, and now I think of it needs posting), and Gloria Jones was driving the car that hit a tree in Barnes, London causing the death of Marc Bolan. She was badly injured herself in the crash, and wasn’t told he’d died until the day of the funeral. When she got out of hospital she returned home to find T-Rex fans had looted her and Marc’s flat, and she received little from his will due to being unmarried. All of which is pretty grim. So let’s enjoy this life affirming slice of dancefloor action.