One Of The Living is a rock song, written by Holly Knight and produced by Mike Chapman and was released as the second single from the soundtrack album Mad Max (Beyond Thunderdome). Tina added the song to the setlist of her Private Dancer Tour, while she was on the American leg of the tour and promoted it at the Australian tv show Countdown on December 22, 1985. Beside the versions from the single, the song is also available in a never official released „Maxi Version“ as well as in a different version, which was played at the beginning of the Mad Max movie.

The music video was directed by George Miller and Jeff Tannebring and photographed by Toby Phillips. The shooting took place in a crumbling prison near Philadelphia, where Tina is walking through the corridors in a leather jacket and boots, playing a red guitar. Later she comes to a hall with a fireplace, dancing around with her band in the background, while Timmy Capello plays the instrumental saxophone part. It’s a very fast video, with some scenes from the movie in black & white in between. Unfortunately, the clip was never officially released on home video until today.

Released in September 1985 from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ vinyl, One Of The Living reached #6 in Germany, #15 (Pop), #6 (Dance) in America, #23 in Europe and #55 in England. The song won a Grammy Award in the category „Best Female Rock Vocal Performance“ in 1986.

CashBox Magazine - October 05, 1985: This second single from the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack furthers the excitement Tina Turner has brought to the record industry with her magnificent comeback. A pumping, driving rock tune, "One Of The Living" is the kind of song Turner was born to perform, capturing the artist at peak levels. Resounding rock guitars give extra bite to the cut, while Turner and producer Mike Chapman ensure CHR success.

Billboard Magazine - November 09, 1985: Jeff Tannebring assisted director George Miller in Tina Turner’s latest clip „One Of The Living,” from the movie „Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome.” The shooting took place in a crumbling prison near Philadelphia. Toby Phillips photographed the performer who appears in her customary black leather and teased hair, toting a red guitar.

Even after 'Better Be Good To Me' had already been a hit, Tina and I had never met or talked. Roger Davies, her manager called me up one day and told me that Tina had just finished doing a movie in Australia. It was the followup to cult classic 'Mad Max', and she needed a tune to sing in the movie. So I read the script and wrote 'One Of The Living', a post apocalyptic metal cruncher. Roger sent it to Tina who was touring in Europe and she loved it. There was a deadline for the release of the movie that had to be met, so we decided to cut the tune before she got back to LA, and all she would have to do is walk in and sing it. My one problem with this plan was figuring out what key Tina would want to sing the tune in. (This can make or break a vocal performance, so getting it right was very important). Roger suggested I overnight her a cassette with a few versions in different keys, but I wasn’t confident that that would bring a reliable or accurate result – what if her cassette machine was running at a different speed than mine because of the different electrical currents between the two continents, or the batteries ran the machine at a faster or slower speed than mine? So Roger said, "okay I’m flying to London tomorrow to see her and you’re going to have to come with me". That’s how I finally met Tina. She showed up at Heathrow Airport with her road manager in a limo  which I thought was unusually nice of her. We figured out the right key the next day in all of five minutes, and Tina invited me to accompany her on her tour for the next week through London, Paris and Switzerland before I had to head back home to the studio. We stayed in some gorgeous places, ate in some amazing restaurants, went to Azzedine Alia’s studio, (the couture designer) in Paris, I saw her perform night after night from the side of the stage. I never thought being a songwriter would include such awesome 'perks'. But the best part was just getting to know Tina on an intimate level like this. 'One Of The Living' is one of my favorites that I wrote, and has to go in my top ten list.

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Back Cover


A. One Of The Living 4:12

B. One Of The Living (Dub Version) 5:23

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A1. One Of The Living (Special Club Mix) 7:49

B1. One Of The Living (Dub Version) 5:23

B2. One Of The Living (Instrumental) 6:11

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additional versions

One Of The Living (Unreleased Maxi Version) 8:09

One Of The Living (Movie Version) 1:55

Written by Holly Knight
Produced by Mike Chapman
Remix by Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Single

Vinyl Maxi (UK) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Single

Vinyl Maxi (UK) - Back Cover

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Music Video

Music Video
Director: George Miller, Jeff Tannebring
Photography: Toby Phillips
Home Video: Never officially released
Time: 4:01


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