This was covered by Tina Turner for her 1984 comeback album Private Dancer
. It was produced by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of the British band Heaven 17, who also helmed Turner's hit cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together
." Martyn Ware told us
that it was he who suggested that Turner record the song as he thought she should do something contemporary. He recalled: "I said, 'Why don't we do "1984"?' because this is in 1982. I thought, 'Very contemporary,' right? It's coming up. It's a topical subject. It puts her right flat back in the middle and looking very, very cool and modern. And I love the song anyway from Diamond Dogs
, so that's how we did it."
Turner recorded a duet with Bowie around the same time, which was the title track of his 1984 Tonight