TINA: Single

Typical Male (1986)

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Typical Male was the first single from the album Break Every Rule. The pop song was written and produced by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle - the same team behind the #1 hit What’s Love Got To Do With It. Tina promoted it at several TV-Shows and performed it live at her Break Every Rule Tour and once again in 2008 / '09 at her 50th Anniversary Tour. Live versions are availbale on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and the TINA Live home video from 2009. The previously unreleased b-side song Don’t Turn Around was reissued on the box set The Collected Recordings in 1994 and was remastered and released as a digital single in 2022 to promote the Break Every Rule (Deluxe Edition).

PhotographerHerb Ritts 
Design: Stylorouge
Release: August 1986
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl (Picture) / Cassette 
Charts: USA: #2 / Germany: #3 / Europe: #5, #2 (Airplay) / UK: #33 / Spain: #1 / Finland: #1 / Australia: #20
Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nomination 1987)
AlbumBreak Every Rule

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Promo
  1. Typical Male 4:18
  2. Writer: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Producer: Terry Britten / Recorded & Mixed by John Hudson at Mayfair Studios / Tina's vocals recorded at Studio Grande Armee, Paris / Ambisonics Surround Sound courtesy of Richard Elen / Terry Britten: Guitar, Bass, Vocal Backing / Phil Collins: Drums / Nick Glennie-Smith: Keyboards / Tim Cappello: Sax solo / Tessa Niles: Vocal Backing
  3. Typical Male (Dance Mix) 7:17
  4. Typical Male (Dub Mix) 6:28
  5. From the 12" record
  6. Typical Male (Ultimix) 6:39
  7. From the DJ sampler 'Ultimix 5' from 1986 & 'The Best of Ultimix (Boxset)' & 'In The Beginning' from 1995 / Edit by Les Massengale / BPM 107
    Additional track:
  1. Don’t Turn Around 4:17
  2. Previously Unreleased / Written by Diane Warren, Albert Hammond / Produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain
Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Billboard - August 09, 1986

The Hit Single Typical Male On 7 Inch And 12 Inch Dance Mix - Featured On The Forthcoming Album Break Every Rule

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

The music video shows Tina in a red mini dress, trying to get the attention of a lawyer. She plays chess and scrabble with him, dancing around a giant black shoe and pushing him high into the air by jumping on a giant telephone headpiece seesaw. At the end, Tina and the lawyer walking away while holding hands. The clip was originally released on the What You See Is What You Get home video on VHS. In 2022, a remastered version was included into the Break Every Rule (Deluxe Edition) on DVD. On the Simply The Best video collection it was replaced with a live version, taken from the Do You Want Some Action! home video.

Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Frank Hilton
Release: What You See Is What You Get / Break Every Rule (Deluxe Edition) / YouTube
Time: 4:18

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Music Video

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