The Gloria Jones Challenge – Round 21

The Gloria Jones Challenge is our ongoing examination of the many, many, many covers of Jones’ classic Northern Soul jam “Tainted Love” – to see how they stack up compared to the original.

Today’s challenger runs the song through the paces of everything that is wrong with music today. Enjoy!

But first, the original by which all others must be compared.

And now….this thing from Ashley Nicole.

Postcard Editor: While we try to stay positive at the PE, I’m going to make a rare exception today. This is like someone distilled everything awful about My Space and turned it into a song and a person.

Postcard ChaCha: Since we over here at Elba try to make our reviews positive, I will focus on my hatred for Autotune, which can turn anyone into a pop superstar. Oh, Autotune. While your inventor has certainly made millions, you have managed to make pop and rap more vapid than ever. You’re a phenomenon that we cannot escape. Please stop now. It is because of you that this poor girl thinks she’s got the chops to cover one of the most covered songs in existence. You are merely a crutch for artists to lean upon. And even if the artist had talent, it would all be masked by your silly and unnecessary noise maker.


1. Shades Apart
2. Dave Phillips
3. East German Polka Band
4. Bilal
5. Inspiral Carpets
6. My Brightest Diamond
7. Marilyn Manson
8. The Re-Entrants
9. Ruth Swan(n)
10. Coil
11. The Swampy’s
12. Alejandra Guzman
13. Pussycat Dolls
14. Bluekilla
15. Straight No Chaser
16. Impedance
17. Blues MAMA
18. Max Raabe
19. Stella Starlight Trio
20. Access Zero
21. Ashley Nicole


1. Dave Phillips
2. Stella Starlight Trio
3. Max Raabe
4. The Re-Entrants
5. My Brightest Diamond
6. Ruth Swan(n)
7. Marilyn Manson
8. East German Polka Band
9. The Swampy’s
10. Bilal
11. Inspiral Carpets
12. Bluekilla
13. Alejandra Guzman
14. Shades Apart
15. Pussycat Dolls
16. Blues MAMA
17. Straight No Chaser
18. Coil
19. Access Zero
20. Impedance
21. Ashley Nicole

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