August 1986: Tina Turner Releases TYPICAL MALE
By 1986, Tina Turner's remarkable comeback was in full swing. The singer's 1984 LP, Private Dancer, had been a top three smash, producing massive hit singles including "What's Love Got to Do with It" and the title track. Turner followed it up in 1985 with a starring role in summer movie blockbuster, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, as well as releasing the huge theme song, "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome), which reached #2 on the Hot 100.
When it came time to properly follow-up Private Dancer, Turner went back to the well that helped make that record such a hit; namely, songwriters Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, who penned "What's Love Got to Do with It." The duo came back with the sparkling "Typical Male," a track catchy enough to serve as the lead single for Turner's 1986 full-length, Break Every Rule.
"Typical Male" arrived in August 1986, erupting from stereos across the country with a percolating electronic beat reminiscent of Scritti Politti, the UK dance-pop act whose 1985 album Cupid and Psyche 85 left a heavy influence across popular music at the time. The sleek, stylish track was a hit at radio, driving the tune up the Hot 100 until it peaked at #2 for the week of October 19, 1986. The tune that blocked Turner from #1: Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You."
FUN FACT: Providing the snapping drumbeat on the track: none less than '80s drum lord Phil Collins.