WATCH: Marc Almond And The Floppy Disco Orchestra Presents ‘Tainted Love’

Marc Almond (Express Newspapers via AP Images)

Marc Almond (Express Newspapers via AP Images)

This might be the most internetty video you’ll ever see that does not feature cats or babies.

To start the story at something like the beginning: Gigawipf is a music boffin from Germany with an affection for old floppy disc drives (that flat black plastic square thing us grownups used to put files on and you youngsters now put coffee cups on). With a control voltage and some programming, they can be made to sing in a musical way, and of course, they’re best suited to classic ’80s electropop because that was a time when a lot of music sounded like it was made by singing disc drives.

So, it was only natural to create a version of Soft Cell’s wondrous “Tainted Love,” which was first published to YouTube in 2012. It was very well received and people passed it about a fair amount, as they do.

Now, Marc Almond of Soft Cell has seen the clip, loves it, and has decided to record a vocal over the top. This is a bit like Benedict Cumberbatch actually writing his own fanfic, and as such, should be actively encouraged.

So here’s the video again, this time with added Marc:

Daft Punk, the Pong ball is in your half of the screen…

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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