TINA: Song

Falling Like Rain

is a pop song from the album Foreign Affair. Tina never performed it live on stage.

Writer: David Munday, Sandy Stewart
Producer: Rupert Hine
Album: Foreign Affair (1989)

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
  1. Falling Like Rain 4:04
  2. Rupert Hine: Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards / Phil Palmers: Guitar / Sandy Stewart, David Munday and Rupert Hine: Backing Vocals / Recorded by Andrew Scarth

Q: Now tell me about this song, because this is one of my favourites on the album, tell me about where you found this and hor you recorded this?

A: That was the last demo Roger sent to me because we were both a bit doubtful about if it was right for me. But I had a few ideas in my head that I didn't want to sing what was right for me, I wanted to play around with some songs that I'd heard in Europe, you know I have a strong market in Europe now and I felt like I've been hearing songs over here that I could sing, they're not just a Tina Turner type of song you know and this was one of those, so when I listened to it I thought I don't know it's awfully mechanical sounding or something. And then I read the lyrics. They got me again. I'm a sucker for lyrics. There they were and I felt mmmm hmmm' but it's one of those songs that was difficult because if you changed the key it changes the music too drastically and you can't capture the same feeling of it right, that was a very hard one for us, it stopped the flow of the Holly Knight and the Tony Joe White songs, all of a sudden we were stopped for a second here with this song trying to make it happen and then we thought about Rupert Hine and I kept feeling like he's got such a thing, I'm a keyboard person as well you know, he can do anything with that keyboard I mean he can go on stage totally alone with that thing and perform. I knew he was busy producing another act at the time and I asked Roger if he would just ask if it was possible if he could try a hand at it you know and he said that he would love to, and actually he had another song that we recorded to try to make it happen as well. 

It happened. I went in, and he didn’t even know that I was there when he was programming his keyboards, and he's like me, if the demo is right take it from the
demo. I mean there's no need to try and re-arrange it if it's already right, I mean why do we need to put a stamp on it, it’s right, I want what the demo is and I made it very clear - he did it! He produced it. It’s even a low key for me to sing it in I would have preferred to sing it higher but again if you change the key on the thing it's one of those songs where it needs to be in that key. It's not a song anyway where you need to do a lot of heavy singing in it, the words are right there.

So I went in, this was the way to do it, walked into the studio, he had it already down, microphones set up went right in and two or three cuts and I had it with Rupert. That's what you can do with Rupert, Rupert is totally in control of doing his tracks, he'll send them to you, you say change this a little bit, he changes it, you go in do a vocal and you've got it done.

From the 'Foreign Affair' promotional interview

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