Typical Male is the first single from the album Break Every Rule. The song was written and produced by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle - the same team behind Tina’s #1 hit What’s Love Got To Do With It. For promotion, Tina performed the song at several tv shows in Europe as well as live at her Break Every Rule Tour and once again in 2008 / 2009 at her 50th Anniversary Tour. The music video is available on the VHS home video What You See Is What You Get, but is still waiting for a release on DVD. The previously unreleased song „Don’t Turn Around“ from the b-side was reissued on the box set The Collected Recordings in 1994.

Released August 1986 on the Capitol / EMI label on 7“ & 12“ (picture) vinyl and cassette, Typical Male reached #2 in America, # 3 in Germany, #5 in Europe and #33 in England. It was also #1 in Spain and Finland and a #2 airplay hit in Europe.

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single
Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single


A. Typical Male 4:18

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten

B. Don’t Turn Around 4:17

Written by Diane Warren, Albert Hammond / Produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain

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A1. Typical Male (Dance Mix) 7:17

A2. Typical Male (Album Version) 4:18

B1. Typical Male (Dub Mix) 6:28

B2. Don’t Turn Around 4:17

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Typical Male (Ultimix) 6:39

Edit by Les Massengale

Photography by Herb Ritts
Design by Stylorouge

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single
Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

EMI Promo

Tina Turner is a phenomenon. After more than twenty years in show business — she founded Ike & Tina Turner in the early sixties, separated from husband Ike in the mid-seventies and launched a solo career — the singer and entertainer managed with the album PRIVATE DANCER (1984) the long-overdue worldwide breakthrough.

PRIVATE DANCER sold in Germany more than one million copies and includes six hit singles. This was followed by a gigantic tour on both sides of the atlantic and a spectacular appearance at last year's Live Aid concert.

"Typical Male" is the first Tina Turner single of 1986, a pre-release from the brand new album BREAK EVERY RULE. "Typical Male" comes from the songwriter-team Terry Britten / Graham Lyle, which also wrote "What's Love Got to Do With It" from the PRIVATE DANCER album. The allrounder Terry Britten also played bass, guitar and produced the single. Responsible for the saxophone solo on "Typical male“ is muscle man Tim Cappello and Phil Collins played the drums. Chart success is guaranteed - so to speak!

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Promo

Guess who’s back?

Tina Turner

The First Single
7“ & 12“

From Her New Album


Tina Turner - Typical Male - Promo
Tina Turner - Typical Male - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Frank Hilton
Home Video: What You See Is What You Get
Time: 4:18


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