1984 - Better be good to me 7 Inch Single

"Better Be Good To Me" is a single from Tina Turner's album "Private Dancer".
The song is originally recorded and released in 1981 by a band named Spider. One of the band members was Holly Knight who also wrote the song together with Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

"Better Be Good To Me" is a song about an argue between a woman and a man. The man looses his interest in the woman and starts cheating on this woman. The woman shouts out loud that she doesn’t have time for this crap and she just asks to be good to her. The song is a perfect rock song, and Tina’s vocals are just as sharp as the guitar in the song. She shot a video for it. Tina’s wearing a black leather jacket with skinny knee tight leather pants and leopard print high heels. Towards the end of the song, a man appears up the stage. This man is Cy Curnin of The Fixx. He grabs her and she pushes him away with the words "Why can’t you be, good to me?" Great song with a great video.

Tina performed "Better Be Good To Me" in many tv shows like the Late Late Breakfast Show, Solid Gold and Riva Del Garda. Tina also performed it live in every tour since 1984. During her 1990 and 1993 tour she performed it on a crane. She floats over the audience and dares them to sing the song with her before she leaves. She even acts to jump or fall down into the audience with the phrase "Do you want me down there? Alright, I’m coming." Can Rock and Roll get any better than this?

"Better Be Good To Me" was released as second single from the "Private Dancer" Album and won a Grammy. It came in different formats. 7’’ single, 12’’ single and a shaped picture disc. Both single versions has different covers.

 

 

The B-side was a rare track called "When I Was Young", produced by John Carter. This song is about a girl who looks back at her youth which was a little extreme. The song was officially released for the first time on Tina’s compilation set "The Collected Recordings" in 1994. Later on it was released on the remastered versions of the "Private Dancer" album in 1997 and 2015.

 

 

Track Listing
"Better Be Good To Me"
Better be good to me

Album: Private Dancer - 1984

A prisoner of your love
Entangled in your web
Hot whispers in the night
I’m captured by your spell
Captured

Yes I’m touched by this show of emotion
Should I be fractured by your lack of devotion
Should I
Should I
You better be good to me
That’s how it’s gonna be now
’Cause I don’t have no use
For what you usually call the truth
And you better be good to me
Better be good

Come on
Come on
Be good to me
I think it’s also right
That we don’t need to fight
We stand face to face
You present your case
Yes I know
You keep telling me that you love me
And I really do wanna believe
But did you think I’d just accept you
In blind faith
Sure baby
Anything to please you
As you better be good to me
That’s how it’s gonna be now
‘Cause I don’t have the time
For your over loaded lines
As you better be good to me
You better be good
Good to me
Be good to me

And I really don’t see
Why it’s so hard to be
Good to me
And you know
I don’t understand
What’s your plan
That you can’t be
Good to me
What I can’t feel
I surely cannot see
Why can’t you be
Good to me
And if it’s not real
I do not wish to see
Why don’t you be
Good to me
Why can’t you be
Good to me
Why can’t you be
Good to me
Why can’t you be
Good to me
Why can’t you be
Good to me
Why can’t you be
Good to me
Be good
Be good to me

’Cause I don’t have no use
For what you usually call the truth
And I don’t have the time
For your over loaded lines
So you better be good to me
You better be good
Better be good to me
Better be good
‘Cause I don’t have the time
For your over loaded lines
And I don’t have no use
For what you usually call the truth
And you better be good to me
Be good to me
Be good
Be good to me
’Cause I don’t have no use
For what you usually call the truth
And I don’t have the time
For your over loaded lines
You better be good to me
Good to me
Better be
Good to me
Be good
Be good to me

- 3.43 min.
"When I was young"
When I was young

Single: Better be good to me (originally from Eric Burdon and the Animals) - 1984

The rooms were so much colder then
My father was a soldier then
The times were very hard
When I was young
When I was young

I smoked my first cigarette at ten
And for boy I had a bad yen
I had quite a ball
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young it was more important
Pain more painful
The laughter much louder
When I was young
When I was young

I met my first love at thirteen
He was brown and I was pretty green
I learned quite a lot
When I was young
When I was young

When I was young
It was more important
Pain more painful
The laughter much louder When I was young

My faith was so much stronger then
I believed in fellow men
And I was so much older then
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young

- 3.10 min.


Released: 1984
Genre: Rock
Length: 3.43 min.
Label: Capitol
Writers: "Better Be Good To Me" - H. Knight, M. Chapman and N. Chinn
"When I Was Young" - E. Burdon, D. Briggs, J. Welder and J. McCullock
Producers: Rupert Hine (Better Be Good To Me) and John Carter (When I was Young)

Chart Positions (1984–85)
Australia (Kent Music Report) - 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 33
Canada Top Singles (RPM) - 6
Germany (Official German Charts) - 52
Ireland (IRMA) - 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100) - 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) - 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 45
US Billboard Hot 100 - 5
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) - 16
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) - 6
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) - 32

 

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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