TINA: Single

Ball Of Confusion (1982)

Tina Turner - Ball Of Confusion - Single

Ball Of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) is a soul song and was originally a hit single from The Temptations in 1970. Tina covered it for the B.E.F. album Music For Quality And Distinction (Vol. 1) in 1982, with a very modern sythesizer instrumental background. Released as a single, it surprisingly charted in Norway. The album was reissued on compact disc in 1991 with a remixed version, which is also available on the box set The Collected Recordings. Tina promoted the song at the Australian TV-Show Countdown on July 18, 1982. The single was not released in America.

Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith
Release: April (Germany) / May (UK)
Label: Virgin
Format: 7“ Vinyl
Charts: Norway: #5
Album: Music For Quality And Distinction (Vol. 1)

  1. Ball Of Confusion 3:56
  2. Ball Of Confusion (Instrumental) 3:45
  3. Writer: N. Whitfield, B. Strong / Producer: Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Walsh / Martyn Ware: Linndrum Programming, Roland System 100 Programming / Ian Craig Marsh: Roland System 100 Programming / David 'Baps' Baptiste: Saxophone / Canute 'Kenny' Wellington: Trumpet / Nathaniel 'Nat' Augustin: Trombone / Nevil 'Breeze' McKreith: Rhythm & Distorted Guitars / Paul Jones: Harmonica / John McGeoch: Intro, Guitar / Recorded and Mixed at the Garden Studio, November '81 - February '82 / Arranged and Produced by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of The British Electric Foundation / Vocal Backings by The Hereafter
Tina Turner - Ball Of Confusion - Single

This is the very first single from Tina Turner with a music video, filmed during the spring of 1982 as a live performance on stage together with her female dancers and musicians. In fact, the music comes from tape and Tina is lip-syncing the song. David Mallet, who directed and produced the video, used some special effects like slow-motion. Tina made history with this video as one of the first black artists to appear on MTV, when the burgeoning network added it to its programming schedule.

Director: David Mallet
Release: Never officially released
Time: 3:50

Tina Turner - Ball Of Confusion - Music Video

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