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Short-lived but influential synth pop duo, consisting of singer Marc Almond and synthesist David Ball. The band formed in 1979, but made their mark with their 1981 single "Tainted Love" and album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. "Tainted Love" was a cover of an obscure 1960s R&B song, drastically re-worked with a very deep bass track, a spare drum machine track, minimal melody, bleeps and bloops; it became an international radio and club hit. The single and album are regarded as both canonical synth pop and proto-techno.

Unfortunately, the band did not last long after this; stardom put pressure on them and, after two more albums, they broke up in 1984. Almond and Ball re-united in 2000, but the reunion has produced only one additional album so far.

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