Tenderness (song)

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Single by General Public
from the album All the Rage
Released May 1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Length 3:35
Label I.R.S. Records
Writer(s) Mickey Billingham
General Public singles chronology
"Never You Done That"

"Tenderness" is a song by General Public from their 1984 album All the Rage, produced by I.R.S. Records.


The song's lyrics tell about a man who really needs tenderness to feel like a man. It was one of the band's first singles. The single cover of the extended versions has a sentence reading "words like conviction can turn into a sentence."

In popular culture[edit]

  • It was used towards the end of the films Weird Science and Clueless, and is featured on the former's soundtrack.
  • The band Galactic recorded a cover of the song for their 2003 album Ruckus.
  • American mixed martial artist and former UFC fighter Dave Kaplan used the song as his entrance theme at TUF 8 Finale in 2008.
  • It was also used in the 2011 film Just Go with It, in the movie and in the trailer as a mash-up along with "Umbrella" by Rihanna (which was also heard in the movie).
  • A part of the instrumental was used in commercials for the Target retail chain store in 2010–2011.


Chart (1984/1985) Peak
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 50
Canadian Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 95
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 27
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 39

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