One Of The Living (1985)

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Single

One Of The Living is a rock song, 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“ and also the version at the beginning of the Mad Max movie is different. The pictures on the front and back cover of the single were taken from the music video. Tina received her fourth solo Grammy for this song in 1986.

Writer: Holly Knight
Producer: Mike Chapman
Release: September 1985
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl
Charts: Germany: #6 / USA: #15 (pop), #6 (dance) / Europe: #23 / UK: #55 / Australia: #34
Grammy: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (1986)
AlbumMad Max (Beyond Thunderdome)

7“ Vinyl Single
  1. One Of The Living 4:12
  2. Written by Holly Knight / Produced by Mike Chapman / Co-Produced by Umberto Gatica
  3. One Of The Living (Dub Version) 5:23
  4. Additional Production & Mix by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero
12“ Vinyl Maxi
Side A
  1. One Of The Living (Special Club Mix) 7:49
Side B
  1. One Of The Living (Dub Version) 5:23
  2. One Of The Living (Instrumental) 6:11
Additional Versions
  1. One Of The Living (Unreleased Maxi Version) 8:09
  2. One Of The Living (Movie Version) 1:55
Holly Knight

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.


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Music Video

The video 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. It was never released officially from Tina’s record company, but is available on the promo sampler „Video Disco No. 34.“

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

Tina Turner - One Of The Living - Music Video

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