Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday 80s Flashback for December 14, 2012

[Mashed Up] -- Only two songs this week, but they're mashed up together (c'mon, I've been writing daily music posts for 14 days now).

DJ Lobsterdust, not an 80s artist, took two classics of electronic 80s pop and pit them against each other in a sonic cage match. One of the songs, "Personal Jesus," was the first single from Depeche Mode's seventh studio album, Violator (1990). It was originally released in August, 1989, and it reached #13 and #28 on the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 respectively. (And, in case you didn't know, Johnny Cash did a killer cover of this tune for his 2002 album American IV). The song that "Personal Jesus" squares off against is Soft Cell's 1981 cover of "Tainted Love," which was composed by Ed Cobb and originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965. The 1965 release was a flop, but Soft Cell's version hit #1 in the UK and cracked the top ten in the US. It has sold well over 1 million copies.

Individually, these songs are gems. Together, through the aid of DJ Lobsterdust, they are "Tainted Jesus." (Note: Embedded video updated 12/8/2020).

Well, that's all until next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the archives. And I am also posting a holiday song per day through December 25 (25 Days of Holiday Music). As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

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