Keeping Your Eyes on the POLL: Private Dancer by Tina Turner

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Surprised that this monster album hasn't been polled. 5x platinum, 4 Grammys, and one of the greatest comebacks in pop history.

I'll list the "Original International Edition" over the US vinyl release in case anyone feels like voting for "Help!"

Poll Results

Better Be Good to Me 9
What's Love Got to Do with It 2
Steel Claw 2
Private Dancer 1
I Might Have Been Queen 0
Help! 0
Let's Stay Together 0
I Can't Stand the Rain 0
Show Some Respect 0
1984 0

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 18:00 (three years ago) link

(ugh, those tags. mods?)

At least three or four classic singles here, of course, but "Steel Claw" is the reason I end up pulling this one out for a spin as often as I do.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 18:02 (three years ago) link

Have to go with Better Be Good To Me. A classic cheesy 80s video to boot.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 22:33 (three years ago) link

The song was originally intended for Dire Straits' album Love over Gold. The instrumental track was recorded, but Mark Knopfler considered the lyrics unsuitable for a male singer, so the track was cut.[1][2] Legal restrictions prevented the original recording being used by Tina Turner; so, two years later, it was remade by members of the group. Terry Williams replaced the original drummer Pick Withers. Knopfler did not appear on the track and was replaced by Jeff Beck. Turner told DJ Roger Scott:

Roger [Turner's manager] knows Knopfler's manager Ed Bicknell, and Bicknell said, 'I think Mark has a song that could fit Tina, that he never used because he thought it was a song for a girl.' Mark produced the song and sang it, and after he did it he felt that it was not a song for a man, so it was just sitting on the shelf… He gave me the track and I copied it with Dire Straits people – most of them. At first I was going to try to just put my voice on Mark's tapes, but there was a record company problem, so we got Mark's musicians, Dire Straits, and went into the studio... Someone said, 'Why did you select "Private Dancer"? It's a song about a hooker. Is it because you've been a hooker?' And I was shocked... I didn't see her as a hooker... I can be naive about some of these things. But actually the answer is no. I took it because it was an unusual song. I'd never sung a song like it. And I wish you could hear Mark's version of it. He's got a very English-sounding voice... and it was really quite beautiful.... A very arty song... so I put the old soulful touch on it.[3]

Mark Knopfler has said the song was ruined due to "them drafting in Jeff Beck to play the world's second ugliest guitar solo".[4]

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:16 (three years ago) link


— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 13, 2020

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 14 May 2020 02:32 (three years ago) link

I could vote for every single, including the forgotten "Show Some Respect."

May vote for "I Might Have Been Queen" because, damn, what an opening.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 May 2020 02:40 (three years ago) link

Would be a private dancer in exchange for hearing Dire Straits version of this.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 14 May 2020 03:07 (three years ago) link

At the time, my vote would have been "1984"

DJP, Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:44 (three years ago) link

I love « Steel Claw », voted for it

Joey Corona (Euler), Thursday, 14 May 2020 20:36 (three years ago) link

I read that Popmatters piece at the time. Impressive.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 May 2020 20:59 (three years ago) link

“Better Be Good To Me” has always been my favourite off this. I forgot it even has cowbells!

It has actually been polled before btw, in 2009, by Alfred! Better Be Good To POLL: The Tina Turner "Private Dancer" Poll
(doesn’t come up if you search for the album title tho, I'm guessing because of the quotation marks around it?)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 15 May 2020 22:43 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 29 May 2020 00:01 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 30 May 2020 00:01 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Immediately threw this onto the turntable after hearing the news. "Steel Claw" still rips, but "I Might Have Been Queen" is a killer opener.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 19:06 (one week ago) link

One of those albums where even if most of the tracks weren't killers the star persona is so overwhelming that it carries the rest.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 May 2023 19:11 (one week ago) link

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