Ball Of Confusion (1982)
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.
Writer: N. Whitfield, B. Strong
Producer: Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Walsh (BEF)
Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith
Release: April 1982 (Germany) / May 1982 (UK)
Format: 7“ Vinyl
Charts: Norway: #5
Album: Music For Quality And Distinction (Vol. 1)
- Ball Of Confusion 3:56
- Ball Of Confusion (Instrumental) 3:45
Written by N. Whitfield, B. Strong / Arranged and Produced by Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Walsh of the British Electric Foundation
This is the very first single from Tina Turner with a music video, filmed 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
Home Video: Never officially released