Tainted Love relives the ’80s live onstage in Tahoe

Get away to the Crown Room to see Tainted Love Friday.

Get away to the Crown Room to see Tainted Love Friday.

At the beginning of the 1980s — with the fall of disco and the commercial demise of punk rock — music took a turn into what somebody dubbed, “one of the most romantic periods in the history of popular music.” Musicians abandoned their guitars and traditional drum kits for the latest in state-of-the-art technology: synthesizers, drum machines and special effects.

They donned a more androgynous look known as “New Romantic.” The result was music alive with sensual crooning, searing synthesizers, pulsating bass lines and pounding electronic drums, carrying a message of love, politics and sexual being. Thus was created a “New Wave” of pop and dance music, when bands like Duran Duran, Eurythmics, The Cure and the Thompson Twins were on the cutting edge. The 1980s also saw a multitude of unforgettable “one-hit-wonders” such as Modern English, Gary Numan and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Tainted Love, a seven-piece outfit from San Francisco, brings you back to the days when keyboards ruled the airwaves, cascading hairdos were commonplace and outlandish fashions lit up the pioneering early days of MTV.

With a line-up of three high-energy singers driven by a powerhouse band whose credentials include Pride & Joy, Super Diamond, Car Wash, Panama and Yah-Yah Littleman, Tainted Love delivers a non-stop ’80s live show featuring “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “I Melt With You,” “Obsession,” “Safety Dance” and many other pop gems from that deliriously decadent decade

Tainted Love’s Snowfest Party
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
Tickets: $25

 

 

 

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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