Thursday, 2 February 1989

Interview: HER MAN, MUSIC AND POLITICS 1989

HER MAN, MUSIC AND POLITICS.

Network December 1989

Tina Turner is the most celebrated female artist ever to make a rock comeback. Her 1984 album, Private Dancer, sold I1 million copies worldwide, reintroducing us to the steamy, high-powered dynamo of 'Proud Mary" fame. As Aunty Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome she also picked up her film career where she had left it with The Acid Queen.

She may appear as a raunchy, sex-soaked star without a care in the world, but inside she knows what it is to suffer. The candid disclosure of her embittered marriage to Ike in the 1986 autobiography I, Tina left most readers angry and shocked. After living out a lonely, painful childhood and a 16-year marriage filled with Ike's beatings and humiliations, Tina has come out on top. Gone are the bad memories, the black eyes and the second rate lounge gig. Since hooking up with her energetic Australian manager Roger Davies in 1979, Tina has not looked back. She released the multiplatinum selling album Break Every Rule in 1986 and for the next two years she toured solidly, playing 220 concerts in 25 countries to more than 3.5 million people. Tina is a fighter and a winner; a gorgeous, 50-year-old woman who values her health, her soul and her relationships. Dressed in an elegant black pantsuit, red nail polish and low pumps, she is sitting by the window in a plush Toronto hotel room, checking over her interview schedule with the record company publicist. There's a small, simple gold chain around her throat and her hair is gently waved. She's come over from England to promote her first album in three years.

Your new album, Foreign Affair, is co produced by you and Dan Hartman. Is this your first experience producing?

I've always produced my songs on stage; taken them from the record and made them live with tempo and arrangements. I didn't plan to produce anything in the studio, but when I went in I didn't care for the arrangements Dan Hartman had made, so I came up with my own. This is the first time I've been in on a record from beginning to end, from the first rehearsals to the end mixing.

Do you ever write any of your own songs?

No. I know how to, but sometimes the flow of words just doesn't happen. I wouldn't do it just for the money, just for the publishing; I want it to be good. I'm not that crazy that I have to produce my own and write my own material.