1979 - Backstabbers 7 Inch Single

"Back Stabbers" is the second single from the 1979 album "Love Explosion" by Tina Turner. It is a cover version. The song, along with the other two singles released from "Love Explosion", was largely disco-oriented and was overlooked by audiences both in Europe and the United States due to the so-called "anti-disco backlash" at the time.
Originally "Back Stabbers" is a 1972 song by The O'Jays.
In "Backstabbers" the narrator in "Back Stabbers" warns men about their male "friends" who smile to their faces, but are secretly planning to steal their wives or girlfriends.

 

 

The B-side is "Sunset On Sunset". A song about somebody who was tough to the people around him. And now they don't want him anymore. He is hurt and locks his heart for everybody. Even his woman can't reach him anymore.

 

 

Track Listing
"Backstabbers"
Backstabbers

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers
Well they smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers
Everybody
Really have someone
And if you really
Really care
Then I’m telling everybody
That you got beware

Somebody’s out
To take your baby
And I feel your best scream
Sure look shady
Blades are long
Clenched tight in their fist
Aimin straight at your back
And I just don’t think they’ll miss

They keep smiling in your face
All the time they want to take your place to backstabbers
A house full of visits
Always around
Calling to serve my friends
All they keep coming around time and
Time and time and time again
I know they trying
To take my baby
Even though I’m never home
They just keep on coming
What can I do
To get them on the right track
I wish they’d take these knives off my back

They keep smiling in your face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers

They keep smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place
Talk about backstabbers

- 3.40 min.
"Sunset on Sunset"
Sunset on Sunset

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Sunset on sunset
Blinded by twilight in your eyes
Sunset on sunset
Watching your daydreams, fade and die

Too many lonely nights,
Among the city lights
That you’re shakin
Too many empty starts
Too many tempted your heart
Was that aching
Now you’re breaking

Just like the sun on the heat
But now you’ve hurt yourself so bad
That no one else ever will
lying beside you
Someone you think you’ve met last night
lying beside you
Something you’ve known was never right

When you were young last year
You didn’t know that fear would surround you
You are a moving queen, and not some sweet 16
When they’ve bowed for you, all around you
They’ve tried to tear you apart
And now the easy way out for you is gonna be so hard

I always thought my love would help you
Maybe I’ve fallen to live
Back in the fallen stars of night oh dear

You’ve finally had enough
Of coming down so rough
When you’re flying
You think you’ve seen the end
Of something cool and friendly
And I’m dying, but you’re crying
You’ve left yourself out again
Your only locking the door so good
That I can’t get in

Sunset on sunset
Sunset on sunset
Your life around you
Sunset on sunset
Only time can save you
etc.

- 3.40 min.


Released: 1979
Genre: Disco/ Funk
Length: 3.40 min.
Label: United, EMI
Writers: "Backstabbers" - Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
"Sunset On Sunset" - Billy Livsey, David Courtney and Richard Niles
Producer: Alex. R. Constandinos

 

Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

1975 - Under my thumb
1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti

 

 

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