Ah hem, maybe it was the photo on the cover that put people off...What was she thinking???
There were 12" versions, dub 12" versions and instrumental versions of "Toughen Up" which were used to create "club mixes" at the time. It was a club favourite here in Oz but not a mainstream success.
A critic at the time wrote: “Toughen Up” opens the album with power, but without the authority of "Physical" or the charm of her early country pop…The country market is completely abandoned here, and though "Toughen Up" gets more bearable after repeated spins, it is far removed from the gal who sang Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and the Bee Gees' "Come on Over" almost a decade earlier…
I liked the song myself but it didn't have a big brassy "hook"...so when I got the C.D. version in 1990 I made my own special 12" mix of "Toughen Up". It runs 5:04 mins. Enjoy!