Thursday, January 05, 2017

Songoftheday 1/5/17 - I was thinking about parking the other night, we was out on a back road...

"Steamy Windows" - Tina Turner
from the album Foreign Affair (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day is by Tina Turner, who had a moderate hit that has become one of her signature songs with "The Best" in the fall of 1989. While her follow-up single from Foreign Affair in the British Isles would be the smooth adult-pop if "I Don't Wanna Lose You", in America we were treated to the loose and bluesy "Steamy Windows". Written by 70s hitmaker Tony Joe White ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), the track was arguably her most "fun" single in a long time. The late great Dan Hartman (who had his own success with "I Can Dream About You") produced the record...


"Steamy Windows" slipped into the American pop top 40 in January of 1990. The 12" remix single also climbed to #33 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record reached the top 10 in Belgium (#5) and Ireland (#7), and got to the top 10 in Italy (#11), the UK (#13), Switzerland (#14), the Netherlands (#16), and Austria (#18). It also peaked at #29 in Germany, and #34 in Australia.

She followed "Steamy Windows" with the midtempo shuffle of "Look Me In The Heart", which climbed to #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening" chart), as well as the title track, which was a top-40 hit in Germany (#35).  Even though the album wasn't a huge success in the U.S., Foreign Affair hit #1 in Britain, and is much, much better than you'd expect.

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Because of its gritty and seductive nature, "Steamy Windows" became a fixture on Tina's tour setlist. Here she is touring behind the album in 1990...


In 1992, Florida-based country artist John Anderson covered "Steamy Windows" on his classic Seminole Wind album...


...and back to Tina on tour in 1994...


Kenny Chesney also recorded "Steamy Windows" for his 1997 album I Will Stand...


Finally, here's the house mix from Justin Strauss that hit the dance chart...


Up tomorrow: Swedish duo gets a tad edgy.

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