Steamy Windows


There’s a lot to admire about Tina Turner, some of which I’ve talked about before, but now seems like a good time to salute her for her enduring sexiness. That may sound diminishing, but I think that it’s an important point. Sexuality has always been a big part of what set Turner apart from her peers. In the sixties she was exuberantly sexy in a way that the demure vocalists of Motown weren’t allowed to be, and although she was not as technically accomplished as many of those singers, her fiery performance style put her in an entirely separate league from them. It’s also worth saluting that she was in her forties when she entered the most commercially successful phase of her career. In 1989 Turner was 50, and it didn’t stop her from flaunting her famous legs – if anything, her personal style became even more flamboyant, her wigs being as huge as her hemlines were tiny. It really set the stage for the rising ‘sexy-after-forty’ movement, as more and more women started to reclaim their post-childbearing years as a time of increased freedom and personal growth instead of a one-way ticket to turning into their grandmothers. Tina Turner became the poster-diva for women who lost what should have been their best years to oppressive marriages (and all of the other things that hold young women down) and came out on the other side determined to make up for it with interest and a half. And everyone knows that the first step to living your best life is looking your glamorous best.

Foreign Affair by Tina Turner
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1989
StudioThe Hit Factory (New York, New York, USA); Pathé-Marconi Studios (Paris, France).
GenrePop rock
Length52:16
LabelCapitol
ProducerDan Hartman, Roger Davies, Tina Turner, Rupert Hine, Graham Lyle, Tony Joe White

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