We Don’t Need Another Hero (1985)
We Don’t Need Another Hero is the first single from the Mad Max soundtrack album, to promote the Mad Max movie with Tina’s first starring role as a main actor. The song was a massive worldwide success and Tina's first #1 in Germany. After the release, Tina added the song to the setlist of her ongoing Private Dancer Tour and performed it since then live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the Live In Europe album from 1988 and the Rio '88 home video. In 1986, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Writer: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle
Producer: Terry Britten
Design: Shoot That Tiger!
Release: June 1985 (USA) / July 1985 (Europe)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl (picture) / 12“ Vinyl / Cassette
Charts: Germany: #1 / USA: #2 / UK: #3 / Europe: #4, #1 (airplay) / #1 in Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Spain
Certifications: Germany: 1x Gold / UK: 1x Silver
Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nomination 1986)
Album: Mad Max (Beyond Thunderdome)
- We Don’t Need Another Hero 4:16
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Instrumental Edit) 4:45
Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Extended Version) 6:10
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Instrumental) 6:31
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Extended Mix) 6:10
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Instrumental - Re-mixed Dub Version) 6:31
- We Don’t Need Another Hero (Single Version) 4:16
The music video was produced and directed by George Miller and shows Tina standing on a bright spotlight and dressed in her Auntie Entity costume, with various scenes from the movie in-between. At the end, she is accompanied by the King’s House school children's choir and Timmy Capello playing the saxophone part. The clip was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award in the category „Best Female Video“ in 1986. The video was never officially released from Tina’s record company, but is available on the promo sampler „ETV Vital Artists.“ Curiously, on the Simply The Best video collection it was replaced with a live version, taken from the Do You Want Some Action! video. This version is also available on Tina’s official YouTube channel. There also exists a longer version with the extended mix, but it’s not clear if this is an official video.
Director: George Miller
Producer: George Miller
Home Video: Never officially released
June 29, 1985
And now for one where the rock’n roller not just sings the theme, but stars in the flick; here’s „Mad Max’s“ leading lady in a (relatively) quiet mood … and the Capitol 12-inch promo will certainly be one of the top 40 reverse crossovers, being rather downtempo, and having the theatrical sound of a movie theme.