Tuesday, May 1, 2012

212 Proud Mary. Do we like Ike?

Album: Proud Mary
Artist: Ike and Tina Turner
Year: 1991
Genre: Soul

  1. A Fool In Love
  2. I Idolize You
  3. I'm Jealous
  4. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
  5. Poor Fool
  6. Tra La La La La
  7. You Should'a Treated Me Right
  8. Come Together
  9. Honky Tonk Women
  10. I Want To Take You Higher
  11. Workin' Together
  12. Proud Mary
  13. Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter
  14. Ooo Poo Pah Doo
  15. I'm Yours (Use Me Anyway You Wanna)
  16. Up In Heah
  17. River Deep - Mountain High (1973 Nutbush City Limits LP version)
  18. Nutbush City Limits
  19. Sweet Rhode Island Red
  20. Sexy Ida (Part 1)
  21. Sexy Ida (Part 2)
  22. Baby Get It On
  23. Acid Queen" (Tina Turner solo)
  24. 1970 Liberty Turner (radio spot)
  25. Come Together (radio spot)

Here's an idea: Don't hit your wife. In fact don't hit any women. Actually lets extend this advice to say that unless you're in a boxing ring or it's a self defence situation (or you get within striking distance of a boy band), don't hit people. Keep those fists to yourself. But certainly don't go solving your domestic problems with violence. It's a bad idea for anyone but a terrible idea for a rock star.

Ike Turner was a musical pioneer and formidable talent who managed to throw away all the respect and admiration he'd earned by being an extremely nasty piece of work. He took a young backing singer from his band, married her, turned her into a musical superstar and then treated her so badly she had to flee for her life. Ike and Tina released a string of huge hits which made us of her amazing voice and his ability to play and arrange blues, soul and rock and roll. They churned out hit after hit until Ike turned to cocaine to ease his pain and became paranoid and violent. Tina left him and took all the talent with her.

Ike ended up in jail for drug and weapons offences and Tina became one of the biggest selling solo artists of all time. Tina told her story in a rock biography which was made into a hit movie and Ike told his story to his cell mate.

But before she was Tina and he was "the guy who used to beat up Tina," they were churning out some very groovy pop/rock together. Nutbush City Limits might have been ruined by its overuse at wedding receptions ("Squeel! Nutbush! They're playing nutbush! Quick Glenda find your other shoe and pull Cindy out of the vomit puddle we have to Nuuuuuuutbuuuush!") but there are some other great funky tracks along with some contemporary rock covers (The Stones, Creedence, Beatles) which don't actually suck, unlike most soul attempts to cash in on the latest musical trends.

Ike Turner was a bad guy (but not quite as bad as the movie made him out to be apparently, they threw in a rape that never happened because artistic licence was more important than narrative integrity) and it's a huge shame that his place in rock and roll history is tarred with such an ugly brush.

Proud Mary is a great overview of a dynamic musical combination that deserves to come out from under the shadow of her later mega-stardom and his reputation as a complete bastard.

Highlight: Proud Mary
Lowlight: Nutbush

Influenced by: The Blues and white boys who were influenced by it
Influenced: The Stones

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: I think some preachers in the church would be turned on by the power and fire of Ike and Tina Turner especially the material the couple put out around 73.

-What a strange way to open a review.

So do you like Ike or do you wish hadn't been meaner to Tina? Let me know below.

1 comment:

  1. lots of goodies here. Pity Ike insisted on punching Tina,s head right in.