We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

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"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"
Tina Turner We dont need another hero.jpg
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
ReleasedJuly 8, 1985 (1985-07-08)
RecordedDecember 1984
StudioMayfair Studios (London, England)
Genre
Length6:07
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Terry Britten
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Show Some Respect"
(1985)
"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"
(1985)
"One of the Living"
(1985)

"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" is a song written by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten. It was recorded by American-born Swiss singer Tina Turner for the soundtrack album to the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which starred Mel Gibson and Turner. On the heels of Turner's multiplatinum album Private Dancer (1984), the song was released as a 7-inch single, an extended version was released as a 12-inch single and on the film's soundtrack album. In the United Kingdom, a shaped picture disc was also issued. The power ballad[1] received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. As songwriters, Lyle and Britten received the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2]

Recording[edit]

Turner was backed by a choral group from King's House School in Richmond, London. One of the choir members who appeared on the recording, Lawrence Dallaglio, became famous as a rugby union star and captain of the England national team.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" became one of Turner's biggest hit singles. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, behind John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)". It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and West Germany.

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" features Turner dressed in her Aunty Entity costume from the Mad Max film, a heavy chain mail gown. As several spotlights shine on her, she proceeds to sing atop a platform while various scenes from the film are interspersed. In the last portion of the video, Turner is accompanied by a children's choir and Tim Cappello, her tour saxophonist, percussionist and keyboardist at the time. The music video received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Female Video.

Official versions/remixes[edit]

  • Single Version – 4:16
  • 7" Instrumental – 4:41
  • 12" Extended Mix (Soundtrack Album Version) – 6:07
  • 12" Dub Mix (Soundtrack Instrumental Version) – 6:30

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[41] Gold 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Silver 250,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2004, Canadian singer Jane Child recorded a cover of the song, titling it "Beyond Thunderdome (We Don't Need Another Hero)" for the album What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner.[43]

In 2007, Finnish supergroup Northern Kings covered the song on their debut album Reborn.[44]

In March 2016, Seal and Jencarlos Canela performed a cover of the song during the Fox television special The Passion. It was sung in the story where Pontius Pilate (Seal) is torn at sentencing Jesus (Jencarlos) to death; the lyrics were amended to remove the reference to Thunderdome, which was replaced with "the love we know".[45]

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