Friday, 17 August 2012

Tina Turner 'We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)'

Chart Peak: 3

For one of the stars of a film to sing the theme music must be a rare occurence, but that's what Tina Turner has done. This single made Number 3 in August and now she stars in the Mad Max film itself.
What are they talking about? It's not rare at all, particularly not with stars who are better known as singers than actors in the first place. I've never actually seen any of the Mad Max films, I was way too young to be more than vaguely aware of them at the time, but this song was hard to avoid, coming out when Turner was at the peak of her UK success (it remains jointly her highest-peaking single here). Although it was written by her regular writers of the time, Britten and Lyle, it has a slightly different mood from a lot of her work, with Turner herself atypically subdued on the vocal. That actually suits the weary, downtrodden tone of the song, which in turn presumably fits the film itself. Even the children's choir is surprisingly tolerable. According to Wikipedia one of them later grew up to become England Rugby Union captain Lawrence Dallaglio, which is amusing if true.
Strangely, she struggled to follow up this success in Britain for most of the rest of the decade, which is why her frequent appearances on early Now! albums didn't continue for a while after this. It took a bit of a rethink to get her chart career back on track.

Also appearing on: Now 1, 4, 16, 17, 18, 21, 25, 26, 32, 34, 44
Available on: American Anthems II

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