Tonight (Iggy Pop song)

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Single by David Bowie & Iggy Pop
from the album Tonight & Lust For Life
B-side "Tumble and Twirl"
Released November 1984 (1984-11)
Format 7"/12" single
Recorded Le Studio, Morin Heights, May 1984
Length 3:43
Label EMI
David Bowie & Iggy Pop singles chronology
"Blue Jean"
"This Is Not America"

"Tonight" is a song written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop for the latter's second solo album, Lust for Life, released in 1977. The song was later made into the title track for Bowie's own album Tonight.

Song details[edit]

Bowie re-recorded the song with guest vocalist Tina Turner in 1984 for his album of the same name. The song was recorded as a duet but the single was only credited to Bowie. The original spoken word introduction of the 1977 version, establishing that the lyric is addressed to a lover dying of a heroin overdose, was excised from Bowie’s version because Bowie regarded the introduction as an "idiosyncrasy" of Iggy Pop that did not match his own personal vocabulary.[1] Bowie also stated that he didn't want to "inflict" that part of the song on Tina Turner, either.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The reggae-flavoured song reached No. 53 in the UK singles charts (the first 'current' Bowie single to miss the top 40 since "Be My Wife" in 1976).

UK Chart Run: 58-{53}-59-64-94R(3)->5 weeks in the Top 100.


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Kent Report Singles Chart 70
Austrian Singles Chart 22
Canadian Singles Chart 21
German Singles Chart 39
Irish Singles Chart 24
Swiss Singles Chart 23
UK Singles Chart 53
US Billboard Hot 100 53

Track listing[edit]

7" version: -

  1. "Tonight" (Bowie, Pop) – 3:43
  2. "Tumble and Twirl" (Bowie, Pop) – 4:56

12" version: -

  1. "Tonight (Vocal Dance Mix)" (Bowie, Pop) - 4:29
  2. "Tumble and Twirl (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bowie, Pop) – 5:03
  3. "Tonight (Dub Mix)" (Bowie, Pop) – 4:18

Production credits[edit]

Tonight (Live)[edit]

"Tonight Live"
Single by Tina Turner duet with David Bowie
from the album Tina Live in Europe
B-side "River Deep, Mountain High" (Live)
Released 1988
Recorded 23 March 1985 (1985-03-23), National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Writer(s) David Bowie, Iggy Pop
Producer(s) Terry Britten
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Addicted to Love" (Live)
"Tonight" (Live)
"634-5789 (Live)"

Bowie would perform the song live with Turner at the latter's 23 March 1985 concert at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. This version was included on Turner's live album Tina Live in Europe three years later, and also released as a single in 1988, then becoming a number-one hit in Poland and the Netherlands.

Chart performance (Live version)[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Belgium Singles Chart[2] 3
Dutch Top 40[3] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 21
Polish Singles Chart[2] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 17
UK Singles Chart 53

Cover versions[edit]


  • Pegg, Nicholas, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5
  1. ^ a b Murray, Charles Shaar (25 October 1984), "Let's Talk, A Conversation with David Bowie", Rolling Stone magazine (433): 14, 18, 74 
  2. ^ a b "Song Artist Tina Turner". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 4, 1989". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ " chart information for "Tonight Live"". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 

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