Back Where You Started
Recording Artist: Tina Turner with Bryan Adams
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: February 1986 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Break Every Rule (Capitol / September 1986)
Tina Live In Europe (March 1988)
Tina Turner: The Collected Recordings (Dec. 1994)
Charts: #18 - Billboard Album Rock Tracks Chart / 1986 (8 weeks on the chart)
#85 - Canada Top Singles (RPM)
Awards: In 1987 Tina Turner won a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Vocal Performace" for her recorded performance of "Back Where You Started".
Audio 1:
Studio version
Tina Turner: vocal
Bryan Adams: rhythm guitar
Keith Scott: lead guitar
Dave Taylor: bass
Tommy Mandel: keyboards
Mickey Curry: drums
Jim Vallance: percussion

Produced by Bryan Adams and Bob Clearmountain.  Recorded and mixed by Bob Clearmountain.
Audio 2:
"Live" version

Ika and Tina Turner
circa 1960 >

A year after recording "It's Only Love" with Bryan Adams, Tina Turner approached us to write a song for her "Break Every Rule" album.

When we asked her what kind of song she was looking for, Tina told us, "Write about anything you want ... just don't write about my life!".

So we wrote a song about her life anyway! Either she didn't notice -- or she liked the song so much she didn't care -- but our lyric draws inspiration from the story of Tina's relationship with her abusive ex-husband, Ike Turner.

Tina's vocal performance, produced by Bryan Adams, earned her a 1987 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Vocal Performace, Female".
Jackie Brenston

History has, for the most part, reduced Ike Turner to a mere footnote ... the mean-spirited, controlling band-leader and husband from whom Tina Turner was forced to escape.  That much would appear to be true, but there's more.

For decades an important slice of music trivia has been hotly debated:  When, exactly, did Rock and Roll begin?  What was the first Rock and Roll record?

At least a dozen recordings lay claim, but three in particular always seem to top the historian's polls:

    1). "That's All Right Mama", recorded in 1954 by Elvis Presley

    2). "Rock Around The Clock", also recorded in 1954, by Bill Haley and the Comets

    3). "Rocket '88", recorded in 1951 by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats

Jackie Brenston was the saxophonist and sometime vocalist in Ike Turner's band.  In fact "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats" was really "Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm", re-named for this one recording. 

Although initially credited to Brenston, "Rocket '88" was Writers Ike Turner.  The track was recorded in Memphis by producer Sam Phillips and released on Chicago's Chess Records label.  It became Phillips first "hit" record.

Three years later Philips recorded Elvis Presley's "That's All Right Mama", introducing Rock 'n Roll to a wider audience and forever changing the course of popular music.

Phillips became a legend -- rightfully so -- and his involvement certainly lends significant weight to the argument that Turner and Presley were among the first to cross the Rock 'n Roll finish line.  But in reality a number of earlier recordings, while receiving less attention, also possess many of the essential elements of "rock music".  These include "Rockin' At Midnight" (recorded in 1948 by Roy Brown), "Rock And Roll" (recorded in 1948 by Wild Bill Moore), "The Fat Man" (recorded in 1949 by Fats Domino), and "Rock The Joint" (recorded in 1949 by Jimmy Preston).

Lyrics: Baby tell me what you're trying to prove
Playing games with my heart
Hey now listen, I ain't gonna take it one more night

You're the one who broke the rules
And I'm the one who played the fool
Now you're trying to tell me it's alright

You should know better than to hurt a friend
You'll never get another chance again, you'll be ...

Back where you started
I know you won't admit it but you're broken-hearted, you'll be ...
Back where you started
You think it's gonna be easy but it just gets harder, harder, harder, ya

You had a way with words
One look and I was under your spell
I didn't know should I stay or should I run

You can't deny you told me lies
Love 'em and leave 'em baby, that's your style
I'm not afraid to take life as it comes

You play with fire I guess you'll never learn
You mess with me babe, you 're gonna get burned, you'll be

Back where you started
I know how it feels when you've been discarded
Back where you started
You think you got it made but it won't get you far, no it won't get you far

Who's gonna help ya, throw you a lifetime
I'll tell you one thing, you've really done it this time
You took your one chance and let it slip away