Few people on this planet have had a life like Tina Turner. There’s been books, documentaries and even a movie about it. But only Tina can tell the real truth and how she became this bigger than life icon. Back in 1996, while promoting the gigantic Wildest Dreams Tour, Tina did a lot of interviews including this in-depth one called “Tina Turner: In her own words” broadcasted on Radio 2. It is more likely a longer interview Tina did with Kurt Loder, parts of it could be find in ‘The Girl From Nutbush’. But still lots on unheard before stuff: going through a lot of topics like childhood, her children, fame and much more, Tina opens herself and tells it like it is! Enjoy!
Today, April 22nd 2016, marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tina’s Wildest Dreams album. Wildest Dreams is the ninth solo album by Tina Turner, released on Parlophone/Virgin in 1996. It went double platinum in the United Kingdom and in Europe.
In 1997 the album was released as a limited edition special pack in Europe with a bonus disc including remixes, non-album tracks and live recordings from Turner’s concert in Amsterdam on the Wildest Dreams Tour. The two-disc edition was released with the same cover picture as the U.S. album.
Continue reading for a compilation of Live Videos & Videoclips from the album and tour!
2016 will be a Tina Turner Super Year. There are so many anniversaries it will be difficult to find any space left in the calendar which is not filled with albums or singles which were released so many years ago that they already pile up to decades. This introduction into 2016 will prepare you and your nerves for the Tina Turner rollercoaster ride you can expect but for which you might not be ready without seeing the big picture.
Tina Turner is not the person for interviews. She has publicly stated that she doesn’t enjoy doing promotion for her albums and tours, and tries to avoid in-depth interviews as much as possible. However, when the chemistry with the interviewer is there, it can lead to an interesting conversation.
Back in 1996, Tina was interviewed by Jules Carling on VH1’s ‘One to One’ program. Besides discussing her, then new, album Wildest Dreams, she also answers some more intimate questions on her personal life and spirituality. Overall, a very interesting and candid interview! Continue reading for part two!
The beginning of every show on Tina’s 250-date ‘Wildest Dreams’ tour that kicked off in April 1996. We already learned that Tina Turner knows how to make in entrance. Starting back in the Ike & Tina days, when the Ikettes had already warmed up the audience and Tina burst on stage like a tornado to the beat of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’, on through the jungle queen entrance of her 1983 tour performing David Bowie’s ‘Cat People’ all the way to the unforgettable ‘stairway to heaven’ entrance of the 1990 ‘Foreign Affair’ tour.
Missing You is a song featured on Tina Turner’s 1996 record Wildest Dreams, and the third single of that album. The song is a John Waite cover, who had a number one hit with it in 1984. The video for the song was filmed by photographer Peter Lindbergh, and was part of Tina’s promotional campaign for Hanes Hosiery. The song was also performed live during every night of the 1996/1997 Wildest Dreams tour. In this post, we look back at the origins of this song.
Do Something is a b-side to Tina Turner’s 1996 single On Silent Wings. It’s an up-tempo, high-energy song with some very sexy lyrics and sounds – as Tina would say ‘It’s fun, it’s naughty!’. The song is written by long-time collaborators of Tina, Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. They are the duo behind some of Tina’s biggest hits, such as The Best, Better Be Good To Me and In Your Wildest Dreams. The song is produced by Trevor Horn, and was recorded during the recording sessions for Tina’s 1996 album Wildest Dreams, but was not included in the end. It was released on several CD-single versions of On Silent Wings – continue reading for scans of different releases, as well as to listen to the song and read the lyrics.
In 1996, Tina Turner invited Barry White to appear on her Wildest Dreams album. They recorded the title track of the album and as it turned out to be a hit, a video clip was made. Oscar-winning animator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) was hired to create a claymation video for the record. It was produced by the Aardman studio and featured plasticine versions of Tina Turner and Barry White (with Wallace and Gromit making a cameo appearance as bartenders).
Tina loved it, but Barry hated it (he felt that it made fun of his weight) and asked for the video to be censored and then banished. Fortunately uncensored versions of the video remained available and we are happy to be able to share it with you on our blog. Inside the post you can watch the video, and you can read an interesting story from John Altman who worked on the production of the song with Trevor Horn.
Elle magazine joined Tina Turner on the road in South Africa, where she was performing on the first leg of her 1996 Wildest Dreams world tour. Tina speaks candidly in this interview, about her career, her performances, her health and beauty. The story includes many wonderful photos of Tina, dressed in Versace, Donna Karen, Moschino and Valentino. The legs are of course Tina’s, with a little help from Hanes – and make-up by her favourite artist; the late Kevyn Aucoin. Continue reading for scans of the full interview, with special thanks to Alan!
The video above is Tina Turner performing On Silent Wings live at Flanders Expo, Ghent in Belgium during her 1996 Wildest Dreams tour. On Silent Wings was the third single of Tina’s Wildest Dreams album, after Goldeneye and Whatever You Want, and was released in April 1996. The song was written by Tina’s longtime guitar player James Ralston, together with Swamp Rock legend Tony Joe White. The album version of the song features a cameo appearance by Sting: during her tour Sting’s vocal parts were performed by Tina’s other guitar player John Miles. The video above was recorded live on stage while Tina was on tour and was broadcast as part of the election of Miss Belgium television show in May 1996.