1987 - What you get is what you see 7 Inch Single

"What You Get Is What You See" is a single from Tina Turner's album "Break Every Rule". This song was written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, and produced by Terry Britten. Another rockstar was playing the guitar on the track. No other than long time friend Eric Clapton.

"What You Get Is What You See" is an up-tempo rock song but could also be considered as country rock song. The song is about men’s behaviour towards women and this particular girl and that there’s more to people then meets the eye. It’s the player vs. the real stayer. However the girl is tempted by a lot of men and she still wants to be satisfied by the perfect men.

Tina shot an official video for the song and it was taped in a desert town in the USA. She performed the song in tv shows such as Peter’s Pop Show and Tocata. She also performed the song at the American Music Awards. The song became the opening song for her concerts during the Break Every Rule World Tour in 1987/1988. She also performed the song live at some venues during the Foreign Affair Farewell Tour 1990 and the What’s Love Live Tour 1993/1994. "What You Get Is What You See" was included again for Tina’s 50th anniversary tour in 2008/2009.

 

 

"What You Get Is What You See" was released as 7" single and there are also various versions in 12" singles like the special double 12" pack with remixes.

The B-side however was a live version of the song.
In 1989 the song charted again in Australia. The song was used for a Rugby League commercial.

 

 

Track Listing
"What You Get Is What You See"
What you get is what you see

Album: Break Every Rule - 1986

Some boys got the look of a Greek Adonis
Some boys try to talk you off your feet
Some boys think they're gods gift to woman
Some boys think they're sweet enough to eat
Try to change the habit of a lifetime
Don't even try
Cause when you cut down deeper than the icing
You realize

[Chorus:]
What you get is what you see
Ain't nothing more to it
And if you wanna love a woman like me
It takes a man to do it
If what you get is what you see
Then I don't want your kind of love

Some guys got lips that you can't help kissing (Muh, muh, muh)
And some guys got a smile you can't resist
Some guys gotta build a reputation
They just wanna add you to the list
You got a lot of physical attraction
I can't deny
But can you guarantee me satisfaction
While I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting...

[Chorus]

So let me see your cards on the table
Before I buy
I always read the writing on the label
So give me reason to believe there's more to you than meets the eye

[Chorus]

- 3.57 min.
"What You Get Is What You See" (Live) - 4.47 min.


Here are the Remixes listed.
7" edit – 3:48
Album version – 4:31
Extended Dance Mix – 6:28
Extended Rock Mix – 5:56

 

 

Released: 1987
Genre: Rock, Country-rock
Length: 3.48 min.
Label: Capitol
Writers: "What You Get Is What You See" - T. Britten and G.Lyle
"What You Get Is What You See" (Live) - T. Britten and G. Lyle
Producers: Terry Britten and John Hudson

Chart Positions (1987)
Australia (Kent Music Report) - 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) - 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 38
Canada Top Singles (RPM) - 23
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) - 18
Germany (Official German Charts) - 17
Ireland (IRMA) - 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) - 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 30
US Billboard Hot 100 - 13

Chart Positions (1989)
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart) - 57

 

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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