This is a jam session. An act of improvisation without preparation.

This is a video continuation of the Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Bomb Shelter saga entitled, “Tainted Love.”

Known by many as Synthpop duo Soft Cell’s big hit in 1981, “Tainted Love” was originally composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps and originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964 as the B-side to “My Bad Boy’s Coming Home”. The original version was by no means a commercial success. In fact, it was a flop. However, in 1973, while British club DJ Richard Searling was on a trip to the U.S., he purchased a copy and found the Motown-influenced sound was a perfect match for the music movement with was growing in the UK club scene referred to as “Northern Soul. Searling took the song and popularized it.

With new found popularity, Gloria Jones tried again, re-recording “Tainted Love” in 1976. But this again failed to chart.

Several years later, Soft Cell, the vocal-synth pop duo that took the popular track and released a slower, synth and rhythm heavy version in 1981. It reached #1 on 18 different charts.

So now, we’re back to the beginning. Bilal, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daedelus, and more, in the studio jamming away to Gloria Jones’ original version of that great 1964 song.

It’s just pure energy. The musicians, the movements, the sounds..

No overdubs, no retouches, just 100% LIVE.


Bilal (vocals, organ)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (musical director, rhodes)
Dennis Hamm (piano)
Marcel Camargo (guitar)
Gabe Noel (bass)
Gene Coye (drums)
Allakoi Peete (percussion)

Executive Producer: Tom Bacon
Produced By: Andrew Lojero
Shot by: Greg Ponstingl and Denny Kim
Edited by Greg Ponstingl
Recorded by Benjamin Tierney
Mixed by: Ken Bts. & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson


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