Ike and Tina Turner — “Game of Love”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 24, 2022

329) Ike and Tina Turner — “Game of Love”

“Game of Love” is a track on Ike and Tina’s (see #212) most successful album, ’70’s Workin’ Together, which reached #25 (yes, the “Proud Mary” album). As Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes in All Music Guide, Workin’ Together “feels like a proper album, where many of the buried album tracks are as strong as the singles.” That pretty much sums up “Game of Love.” Revered rock critic Robert Christgau commented that “[s]omeone named Eki Renrut contributes a pretty fair do-right-man song.” (https://www.robertchristgau.com/get_chap.php?k=T&bk=70). It’s a do-right-man song all right. It take a lot of chutzpah or obliviousness for a man like Ike to write a song like this — a line in the sand for a jerk of a boyfriend — for Tina. Yeah, that was Ike all right!

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