Typical Male is 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. Phil Collins plays drums on the song. Tina promoted it amongst others at the German tv show Wetten Dass..? and the MTV Video Music Awards in America. She performed it also live at her Break Every Rule Tour and once again in 2008 / '09 at her 50th Anniversary Tour, released 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.

The music video was directed by Brian Grant and produced by Frank Hilton. It 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 and 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.

Released in August 1986 from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ (picture) vinyl and cassette, Typical Male reached #2 in America, #3 in Germany, #5 in Europe and #33 in England. It was also #1 in Spain and Finland and a #2 airplay hit in Europe. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category „Best Female Pop Vocal Performance“ in 1987.

EMI (Germany) promo: Tina Turner is a phenomenon. After more than twenty years in show business — she founded Ike & Tina Turner in the early sixties, separated from husband Ike in the mid-seventies and launched a solo career — the singer and entertainer managed with the album PRIVATE DANCER (1984) the long-overdue worldwide breakthrough. PRIVATE DANCER sold in Germany more than one million copies and includes six hit singles. This was followed by a gigantic tour on both sides of the atlantic and a spectacular appearance at last year's Live Aid concert. "Typical Male" is the first Tina Turner single of 1986, a pre-release from the brand new album BREAK EVERY RULE. "Typical Male" comes from the songwriter-team Terry Britten / Graham Lyle, which also wrote "What's Love Got to Do With It" from the PRIVATE DANCER album. The allrounder Terry Britten also played bass, guitar and produced the single. Responsible for the saxophone solo on "Typical Male“ is muscle man Tim Cappello and Phil Collins played the drums. Chart success is guaranteed - so to speak!

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Vinyl Single - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Vinyl Maxi (Germany) - Back Cover


A. Typical Male 4:18

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten

B. Don’t Turn Around 4:17

Written by Diane Warren, Albert Hammond / Produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain

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A1. Typical Male (Dance Mix) 7:17

A2. Typical Male (Album Version) 4:18

B1. Typical Male (Dub Mix) 6:28

B2. Don’t Turn Around 4:17

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Typical Male (Ultimix) 6:39

Edit by Les Massengale

Photography by Herb Ritts
Design by Stylorouge

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Vinyl Picture Maxi - Front

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Single

Vinyl Picture Maxi - Back

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Eurocharts - August 09, 1986

Eurocharts Promo - August 09, 1986

Guess who’s back?

Tina Turner

The First Single
7“ & 12“

From Her New Album

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Eurocharts - August 09, 1986

Eurocharts Promo - August 09, 1986

Tina Turner - Typical Male - Music Video

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


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