Refried Music

A Selection of Cover Songs

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Song:Tainted Love
Cover Artist:Soft Cell
Album (Year):Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
Original Artist:Gloria Jones


Sorry, for not posting anything for a while. Between my main computer giving up the ghost and my daughter being born I’ve not been in the position to dedicate time to music so much as I’d like. To make up for that, today I’m posting a song that probably 99% of you believe to be an original.

‘Tainted Love’ is one of those one-hit wonder songs of the early 80’s that was such a huge hit that it has since been sampled extensively, used in commercials, television and movies, and added to almost every 80’s new wave compilation ever made. However, before it was a 1981 career highlight hit for UK synthpop band Soft Cell, it was a buried B-side to a failed 1965 single by soul artist Gloria Jones.

Your mind, It is blown.

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

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Gloria Jones – Tainted Love

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Tom Jones – If I Only Knew

The Lead And How To Swing It

Song: If I Only Knew
Cover Artist: Tom Jones
Album (Year): The Lead And How To Swing It (1994)
Original Artist: Rise Robots Rise


Rise Robots Rise was a little known experimental hip-hop group from the early 90’s that I discovered on a record store promo compilation that included this song. It was catchy as all hell and I immediatly picked up the full album which did not dissapoint. They never got any radio play near me, and as far as I was concerned noone had ever heard of them but me. They were my own little secret.

Then in 1994 pop/soul/lounge singer Tom Jones covered the song on his album ‘The Lead and How To Swing It.’ The song started getting mad radio airplay and I found myself constantly pointing out to people that the song was actually a cover, and that while Tom Jones did a great job on it, the original was excellent as well. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you like better.

Tom Jones – If I Only Knew

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Rise Robots Rise – If I Only Knew

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Black Crowes – Hard To Handle

$hake Your Money Maker

Song: Hard To Handle
Cover Artist: Black Crowes
Album (Year): $hake Your Money Maker (1989)
Original Artist: Otis Redding


Here’s one in the “Many people don’t realize this is a cover” category. As with most songs that have this problem the song was only a minor hit for the original artist, but was a huge hit for the band that covered it.

Hard To Handle was originally recorded by Otis Redding and released in 1968 after his death. It is largely overlooked next to the King of Soul’s many other hits. However, when the Black Crowes put their southern rock spin on it for their 1989 debut album the song took off and went straight up the Billboard charts.

Black Crowes – Hard To Handle

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Otis Redding – Hard To Handle

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