Love Thing was the third single of Tina Turner’s 1991 compilation album Simply The Best. A hugely overlooked gem, here at The Tina Turner Blog we think that this song is among the best Tina did in the 1990’s (or in any decade for that matter). Inside this post, why we think Love Thing is… pretty much everything.
1. Because it contains some of the sexiest lyrics Tina ever sang
Close your eyes, follow me / I’ll show you a world you’ve never been to
Take a ride in my love machine / And I won’t do anything you can’t get into
What I’ve got is what you need / And you won’t do a thing about it
Let me take you there / Let me take you there tonight
Oh yeah… those words put ‘What’s Love Got Do With It?’ to shame!
2. Because it is one of the few real rock songs Tina recorded
Oh sure, Tina live on stage has always been rock and roll. But in the studio – not so much. Love Thing is pretty much the closest Tina got in the studio to her live sound. And those drums… and these guitars!
3. Because Tina manages to create this sound with her voice
We didn’t believe this to be humanly possible.
4. Because she gives Tyra Banks a run for her money
In the video, Tina, then 52, proves herself hotter, wilder and more seductive than super-model Tyra Banks (left), then 19.
5. Because Tina went all Nineties on us and cut off that iconic hair
The single, the video and the song mark Tina’s step into the nineties. The most dramatic change is surely the hair. Gone is Tina’s eigthies lion’s mane. Welcome the nineties with a much shorter, more elegant but not less exciting hairstyle.
6. The video, in general
One of the wildest, steamiest she ever did.
7. Because sometimes you just need to take your clothes off for your loved one
‘Hey Big Spender’ and ‘ You Can Leave Your Hat On’ are such cliché strip songs… why not turn on the Love Thing for a change?!
What’s ‘Love Thing’ got do with it? Everything! So dig into your record collection, grab your copy of ‘Simply The Best’ and skip straight the final track. Get on board!
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