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Of course, outside of maybe seeing her on the Sonny & Cher or maybe a stray TV performance of “Proud Mary,” my first real exposure to Tina Turner was in Ken Russell’s film of Tommy, which I only saw because 12-year-old Jim wanted to see Elton John. It was a scene when Tommy’s mother, played by Ann-Margaret and stepfather, played by Oliver Reed decided that maybe psychedelics would be a good way to de-deaf, de-dumb and de-blind Tommy. As people did. So they took him to The Acid Queen, as played by Turner.
The resulting scene is over nine minutes of Turner dancing around like a maniac singing “Acid Queen” while abusing Tommy and eventually sticking him in a metal contraption that had dozens of needles shooting acid into his body, sending him on a lights swirling camera spinning skeleton snakes psychedelic freak-out, which did not seem like fun. Drugs are scary!!