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Tainted Love brings the hits of the ’80s to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com
Tainted Love performs at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Saturday, Jan. 16.
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If you go

What: Tainted Love

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16

Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $27.06 plus fees

Info: http://www.ticketmaster.com

Even though the 1980s ended more than 25 years ago, they may never leave.

Plenty of modern fashion, film and art borrows concepts from the Reagan era, and music is no exception.

San Francisco’s Tainted Love is at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this weekend to help people relive some of the memorable songs of the decade when “Back to the Future” was released and Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage.

“The ’80s, they’re just not going anywhere,” said Tainted Love keyboardist Steve Moon. “It’s an era that just won’t go away.”

Songs from the decade, whether keyboard-driven new wave tracks or guitar-heavy rock anthems, still resonate with audiences, Moon said. Oftentimes, the music is loved by those who weren’t born in time to experience it firsthand, he added, noting the band just played a party in Santa Cruz where plenty of 20-somethings were celebrating songs of a vintage older than themselves. The era’s fun pop music makes its a good decade to draw from, Moon added.

The seven-piece band, which formed in 1997, has shaded more toward the rock end of the spectrum in recent years. Songs from Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses and Journey always kill, Moon said.

Tainted Love consistently adds new songs to its set lists. Some Madonna songs, as well as Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” are among the most recent additions, Moon said. Snowboarders of a certain age may remember the latter song from Kevin Jones’ part in Mack Dawg Productions 2001 film “Stand & Deliver.”

Tainted Love will also offer David Bowie fans a chance to hear some of the recently deceased singer’s songs Saturday. Bowie’s influence on all of ’80s music is undeniable, Moon said. “Let’s Dance” and “Under Pressure” are among the Bowie tracks in the group’s repertoire.

The band typically plays the South Shore once or twice a year but more often can be found at Crystal Bay Casino at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.

“We always love coming up there,” he said. “It’s always fun. Something about the altitude. It makes people crazy…in the best way.”


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