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: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedJuly 8, 1985UK
RecordedDecember 1984
GenreNew wave, pop rock
Length6:05
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Terry Britten
Graham Lyle
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 1985 song by Tina Turner. It appeared in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which starred Turner and Mel Gibson. The song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle.

On the heels of Turner's multiplatinum album Private Dancer, the song was released as a 7" single, an extended version was released as a 12" single and on the film's soundtrack album. In the UK, a shaped picture disc was also released.

The power ballad[1] received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986. As songwriters, Lyle and Britten received the 1985 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Turner dressed in her Aunty Entity costume from the film, a heavy chain mail gown. As several spotlights shine on her, she proceeds to sing atop a platform while various scenes from the movie 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.

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 record, Lawrence Dallaglio, became famous as a rugby union star and captain of the England national team.[3]

Versions and remixes[edit]

  • 7" edit – 4:16
  • 7" instrumental – 4:41
  • 12" Extended Mix (Soundtrack album version) – 6:07
  • 12" Dub Mix (Soundtrack instrumental version) – 6:30

Chart performance[edit]

"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" became one of Tina Turner's biggest worldwide hit singles. The single peaked at number two on the United States Billboard Hot 100, behind only "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" by John Parr. It reached number three in the UK and reached number one in Canada, Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Charts and certifications[edit]

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.[41]

In 2007, Finnish supergroup Northern Kings covered the song on their debut album Reborn.[42]

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".[43]

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