Stories From Behind The Chair

My Tainted Love Story

I know what you're thinking and this story isn't anything like that at all. I said tainted love because I mean the song "Tainted Love" remember that classic from the 80's? Yeah I'm sure you remember the version before Marilyn Manson. It was sung by a group called Soft Cell and I think it is the version that most people remember.

So I was working at a Regis Salon back in 1990ish and we were very limited to what we could hear on the stereo system. We only were able to get 3 bloody stations and one was country that was not allowed (even in Texas go figure) the other was rap or hip hop music. So that only left one station which was oldies. This station wasn't a bad choice considering it was our only choice and it played 60's 70's and 80's tunes.

One day I noticed that the same DJ would play the song "Tainted Love" like every couple hours or so. He did this everyday and I seemed to be the only person that noticed it and I wondered why is this the only song that this DJ plays over and over all day long, like every 2 to 3 hours, it didn't make sense to me and everyone told me if it bothered me to just call the DJ on the request line and ask him. So that is what I did.... so it began!

I called the station and spoke with this DJ and asked him politely why he always plays "Tainted Love" like all the time. He flat out denied it and said that it wasn't true, that he hardly even "Ever" plays that song and he doesn't even know who sings it. I was kind of flabbergasted and proceeded to tell him that I wasn't trying to be rude or anything but I was just wondering if there was a story or something behind it as pleasantly as you please.

Well he started getting very upset, he asked me what my name is, I said that it was Beatrice, he asked me where I worked and I told him at a hair salon but didn't tell him which one. He proceeded to ask me if I was one of those people who would just randomly call radio stations just to give the DJ a hard time or something? I told him that I was by no means a DJ groupie and that I was just wondering about "THAT SONG"! Then he said they didn't even have that song in their library. Now this guy was getting under my skin. So I told him okay I see how it is, no problem don't worry about it I won't give it a second thought and I hung up.

When I got off the phone, not 15 minutes later guess what happened? The DJ came on the radio and said." I just recieved a request for "Tainted Love" and before he played the song he said, "This is for Beatrice". I couldn't believe it, everyone in the salon was laughing their heads off. So guess what happened two hours later? Another request from Beatrice for "Tainted Love". It was like clock work all day long. Then it happened again the next day, every 2 to 3 hours, the same thing, my name over the radio requesting that song.

People that I knew that worked in the same vicinity were coming into my shop and asking me if I was the Beatrice requesting that song, and I would say, yes but no,oh hell it was a mess. I couldn't believe this guy did this to me.

Finally about a week of this we were working and the DJ comes on and everyone was expecting him to play that song again and say that Beatrice was requesting it but instead he said, "I have been getting a lot of complaints about this Beatrice girl calling in requesting "Tainted Love" so I won't be able to play it just for her anymore but you will hear it once in a while, so for the last time, I dedicate this song to Beatrice where ever she is". Everyone in the salon again were cracking up at me and just had a good time at my expense. I was laughing my ass off too I mean this guy was too much. Then later on that day someone I worked with in the salon started humming that song under her breath and then someone else started singing it and before you knew it everyone in the damn salon was singing "Tainted Love". It was crazy and to this day I cannot hear that song without thinking about that bloody DJ.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ladyjane, I liked this story. It is entertaining and I guess the DJ just enjoyed himself playing with you. good hub


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

The DJ's first reaction is a clear indication that he was receiving a commission from the record company or the singer. No question about it. When he had time to think about it after you hanged up, he supposedly turned it into a joke, but still making sure that the commissions did not stop :-))


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Great story....although I am sure there were many out there in your area of radioland that had lived through a tainted love or two, and smiled everytime that song came on, and sang it at the top of their lungs while driving down the road, or cleaning their kitchens or curling someones hair in another distant salon. ~~~~MFB III


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Sounds like great fun, clearly the kind you remember forever.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

De Greek good to see you I never thought about commissions I didn't know that DJ's made commission as I have never heard the same song played over and over on an oldies station before but it certainly makes sense. Thanks for reading.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

MFB I agree with you and I still smile when I hear that song and I guess I always will. Thanks for reading.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

breakfastpop it was awkward at first but it is very funny in hindsight I guess. Still makes me laugh. Thanks for reading.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

LOL that is too funny...What a nut job. But at least it was hilarious.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hiya, I was thinking that maybe he only put on the records that were given to him, prerecorded a few things to say in the middle, then he went into another room, got a cup of coffee, and went to sleep on the job! And only woke up when the next dj was getting ready to come on! ha ha cheers nell


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

I did have a little chuckle to myself but... errr.. Beatrice, you showing your age! LOL I remember this song very well with Marc Almond strutting his stuff, eye liner and all! It caused quite a stir, here in the UK. Wasn't it a copy of an old 60's song? Anyway what a lovely story and something for you to hold onto when you are aging and telling all the 'younger' people your little adventure in the 80s.

Thanks for sharing:)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tammy thanks for reading always nice to see you.

@Nell you are probably right I never thought of that. ITs too funny.

@shazwellyn thanks for reading, I really don't mind showing my age, I am 46 and counting, loving every minute of it as well lol. I was referring to the 80's version and it was an oldies station that was playing that song so it had been quite a few years since that song came out. And I don't remember the 60's version but I have heard of it. Thanks for reading chuckle chuckle.


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pammjschaar 6 years ago from Mississippi Gulf Coast

GREAT STORY! Thanks so much for the laugh! I can relate, as my niece owns her own salon, but now days, they have that Satellite Radio thingy or she can play her own mix of music through her built in system...so you don't have to live through THAT situation everyday. I remember the song very well! (42 and PROUD OF IT!!) It was the ONLY song my boyfriend in the 90's would get on the dance floor and dance to, while we were together! LOL..thanks for the memory!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey pamm how are you? Thanks for stopping by and reading my little story, it is very funny now that I think about it but then I wanted to strangle that guy and yea music systems have changed nowadays, when I go into a salon to get my hair done they have the music blasting that I cant even hear what the stylist is saying and they are not listening to oldies anymore. Blessings to you.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

This was truly a great story....very funny. That song will remain in your memory for all the days of your life.....LOL


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

whidbeywriter it still is in my head and it wont come out.LOl thanks for reading.

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