Panic/Tainted Love

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"Panic/Tainted Love"
Single by Coil
from the album Scatology
Released 1985
Genre Experimental, avant-garde, industrial
Length 15:28
Label Force & Form, K.422,Some Bizzare (UK), Wax Trax! (U.S.)
Producer(s) Coil
Coil singles chronology
Panic/Tainted Love
The Anal Staircase
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

"Panic"/"Tainted Love" is a 12" single released in 1985 - and later on in 1990, on CD - by Coil.

The song "Tainted Love" was originally performed by Gloria Jones, and then became popular again around 1981 after a synthpop cover-version was released by Soft Cell. (Marc Almond from Soft Cell would eventually go on to guest on Coil's next two albums, Horse Rotorvator and Love's Secret Domain.)

The first pressing of this release featured a textured sleeve, with the first 1000 copies also being produced on red vinyl.

"Aqua Regis" is truncated from the version on Scatology. "Panic" is a rearranged. "Tainted Love" is exactly as it appears later on Scatology.

All profits from the sale of this release were donated to the AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust. It was the first AIDS benefit music release.[2]

The music video was directed by Peter Christopherson, a.k.a. "Sleazy", and features John Balance and a cameo appearance of Marc Almond. It was also the first music video to be purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Track listing[edit]

12" Release[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Aqua Regis" – 2:27
  2. "Panic (single mix)" – 7:06

Side B:

  1. "Tainted Love" – 5:55

CD Release[edit]

  1. "Aqua Regis" [misspelt "Aqua Regos" on 1994 reissue] – 2:27
  2. "Panic (12" single mix)" – 7:06
  3. "Tainted Love" – 5:55


  1. ^ Eugene Chadbourne. "Panic - Coil". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 08-04-2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Vague, Tom. "Boys From The Crap Stuff". ZigZag Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 

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