COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Don’t Turn Around’

The song “Don’t Turn Around” was originally recorded by Tina Turner.

“Don’t Turn Around” was written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren (the same duo behind Starship’s “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now“) in 1986 and recorded by Tina Turner as the B side to her single “Typical Male” (US No.2, UK No.33), from her album “Break Every Rule”.

Two years later, it was recorded by British reggae group Aswad for their album “Distant Thunder” and released as the second single in February 1988. It would outperform Turner’s original and top the UK singles chart for two weeks, knocking Kylie‘s “I Should Be So Lucky” from her five week reign. The song reached No.45 in America and was a top ten hit in many countries across Europe as well as reaching the top spot in New Zealand.

In 1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base recorded the song for their debut album “Happy Nation”. It was released as a single in May 1994. Their version was a huge hit, making the top ten in twenty countries, including the US and the UK (No.4 and No.5 respectively) and selling over three million copies in the process.

There have been other versions recorded including one by Bonnie Tyler in 1988 for her album “Hide Your Heart”, which also featured the original version of “The Best“, later recorded by Tina Turner and turned into a massive global hit and her signature tune! Musical connections!

But which is best? TINA’s original or ASWAD’s cover, ACE OF BASE’s cover, or any of the other versions…?

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!