Tell Me Something Good
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|"Tell Me Something Good"|
|Single by Rufus and Chaka Khan|
|from the album Rags to Rufus|
|A-side||"Tell Me Something Good"|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Genre||Funk, R&B, Porn groove|
|Rufus and Chaka Khan singles chronology|
"Tell Me Something Good" is a song by Rufus and Chaka Khan, written by Stevie Wonder and released in 1974. The single was a hit, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, although it didn't chart in the United Kingdom. The single was amongst the earliest hits to use the guitar talk box.
The song has been described as having ".. rude metallic guitar" (by Al Ciner) and ".. a beautiful bass, clav and heavy breathing groove." The song can be difficult to count as there is an off-count into the verse.
Yvonne Fair recorded an acclaimed cover of the song on her 1975 album The Bitch is Black.
Maceo Parker also recorded a cover of the song, which was included on his album FunkOverload.
Eric Marienthal included it on his album Sweet Talk.
Guitarist Steve Fister recorded a cover on his 2006 album Dodgin Bullets.
In Will and Grace Karen tells Jack that this is the song to which she and Stan make love. She then walks in on her husband cheating on her with the same song playing. Closed captioning for that episode incorrectly credits the song to Sly and the Family Stone.
In 2002, En Vogue performed the song on their concert DVD, "Live in the USA".
Dave Matthews & Friends covered the song live from 2003 until 2005.
Stevie Wonder has performed this song live on several occasions.
The chorus is sampled in Bay Area rapper Mac Dre's song "Too Hard For The Fuckin Radio".
Gov't Mule with Susan Tedeschi and Eric Krasno on guitar on 6/7/14 at Mt. Jam, Hunter Mountain, NY.