TINA: Single

Typical Male (1986)

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Typical Male was the first single from the album Break Every Rule. The pop song was written and produced by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle - the same team behind the #1 hit What’s Love Got To Do With It. Tina promoted it at several TV-Shows and performed it live at her Break Every Rule Tour and once again in 2008 / '09 at her 50th Anniversary Tour. Live versions are availbale on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and the TINA Live home video from 2009. The previously unreleased b-side song „Don’t Turn Around“ was reissued on the box set The Collected Recordings in 1994.

Writer: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle
Producer: Terry Britten
Photographer: by Herb Ritts
Design: Stylorouge
Release: August 1986
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl (Picture) / Cassette 
Charts: USA: #2 / Germany: #3 / Europe: #5, #2 (Airplay) / UK: #33 / Spain: #1 / Finland: #1 / Australia: #20
Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nomination 1987)
AlbumBreak Every Rule

Tina Single-Typical-Male-Logo

7“ Vinyl

  1. Typical Male 4:18
  2. Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten
  3. Don’t Turn Around 4:17
  4. Written by Diane Warren, Albert Hammond / Produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain

12“ Vinyl / Cassette

    Side A
  1. Typical Male (Dance Mix) 7:17
  2. Typical Male (Album Version) 4:18
    Side B
  1. Typical Male (Dub Mix) 6:28
  2. Don’t Turn Around 4:17


  1. Typical Male (Ultimix) 6:39
  2. Edit by Les Massengale
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The music video shows Tina in a red mini dress, trying to get the attention of a lawyer. She plays chess and scrabble with him, dancing around a giant black shoe and pushing him high into the air by jumping on a giant telephone headpiece seesaw. At the end, Tina and the lawyer walking away while holding hands. The clip was originally released on the What You See Is What You Get home video on VHS, but is still waiting for a release on DVD. Curiously, on the Simply The Best video collection it was replaced with a live version, taken from the Do You Want Some Action! home video.

Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Frank Hilton
Home VideoWhat You See Is What You Get
Time: 4:18

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Tina Turner - Typical Male - Promo

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