Single

Foreign Affair (1990)

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Single

Foreign Affair is the title track and the fourth single from the album Foreign Affair, including several remixed versions from Shep Pettibone. Tina promoted the song on the German tv and performed it live at her Foreign Affair Tour in 1990 and her What’s Love? Tour in 1993. A live version is available on the Do You Want Some Action! home video from 1991. The single was released in some European countries, but not in England and America. Exactly 30 years later it was also released digitally. The well-known picture from the cover was photographed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris by Peter Lindbergh. It’s no montage, but Tina climbed the tower with her high heels for this shoot.

Writer: Tony Joe White
Producer: Roger Davies, Tony Joe White
Design: Glenn Sakamoto, Stan Evenson Design
Release: May 1990 / May 2020 (digital)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl / 5“ CD / Digital
Charts: Germany: #35
AlbumForeign Affair

7“ Vinyl

  1. Foreign Affair (Edit) 3:39
  2. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Roger Davies, Tony Joe White
  3. Private Dancer (Live) 5:37
  4. Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by Terry Britten / Recorded live in Europe

12“ Vinyl / CD 1

    Side A
  1. Foreign Affair (One In A Million Club Mix) 6:54
    Side B
  1. Foreign Affair (Heartbeat Instrumental) 4:25
  2. Foreign Affair (Heartbeat Mix) 4:24
  3. Post-Production & Remix by Shep Pettibone / Engineered by Dave Way / Edited by Tony Shimkin / Additional Programming by Fred McFarlane

12“ Vinyl / CD 2

    Side A
  1. Foreign Affair (One In a Million Extended Mix) 7:10
    Side B
  1. Foreign Affair (Special Feelings Instrumental) 4:43
  2. Foreign Affair (Heartbeat Edit) 4:00
  3. Post-Production & Remix by Shep Pettibone / Engineered by Dave Way / Edited by Tony Shimkin / Additional Programming by Fred McFarlane

Digital

  1. Foreign Affair (Edit) 3:44
  2. Private Dancer (Live) 4:55
  3. Foreign Affair (One In A Million Club Mix) 6:54
  4. Foreign Affair (Heartbeat Instrumental) 4:25
  5. Foreign Affair (Heartbeat Mix) 4:25
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The music video shows a man and a woman in different scenes, acting like a bullfight. Tina, totally dressed in black, is singing and dancing in an old theater together with her band and for the very last time with her dancers Ann Behringer and Lejune Richardson in the background. The clip was originally released on the Foreign Affair EP on VHS and in 1991 on the Simply The Best video collection on DVD. It’s also available as a HD remastered version on Tina’s official YouTube channel.

Director: Paula Walker
Producer: Natalie Hill
Home VideoForeign Affair EP / Simply The Best
Time: 4:07

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Interview

I had finished basically all of Tony’s songs. We were in New York there together, and that one popped up and I felt "Alright Tony, now this is enough, you know, I mean come on I’ve recorded three of your songs. What are you trying to do, take over the album?!!" And then I stopped kidding myself. I said "this is an European song". I could hear it blasting in the streets of Paris or Europe. The feeling of Europe and their music is different from ours in America, and I said "Oh God, it’s a beautiful song". I said "Get me the words, get me the words, I’ve got to hear every line".

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