Artist: Ike & Tina Turner Track: "Sexy Ida (Part 1)" Album: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner Listen
Most readers of this blog grew up with Tina Turner, the survivor with the indomitable spirit and great legs, a woman who was admirable because she left a wife-beater and went on to great things on her own. This person was cool, but always too tame for those like me who don't fully understand things like perseverance and overcoming adversity.
If you dig more deeply, into the very heart of American soul music, you will find a very different woman: a younger, sprier Tina Turner, with power and talents and voice not tempered by the many cares of the world. This is the Tina that shredded "Sexy Ida," a jealous and protective lover who could call out a neighborhood hussy and make you twice about messing with her.
Soul often delves deep into survival, persistence and the rewards of standing strong, one reason why she excelled covering songs like "Proud Mary" and "Living for the City." But soul's eventual progression to harder, rawer things like funk required intensity, unbridled passion and confidence. The best funk players oozed confidence -- powder kegs, almost all of them -- and Tina was all that and more on this track.