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"
B-side "Smokin' Room"
Released 1974
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, R&B, Porn groove
Length 4:36 (album)
3:30 (single)
Label ABC Records
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Rufus and Chaka Khan singles chronology
"Feel Good"
"Tell Me Something Good"
"You Got the Love"

"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.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Yvonne Fair recorded an acclaimed cover of the song on her 1975 album The Bitch is Black.

Pink recorded a cover of the song for the film Happy Feet which was included on the soundtrack album.

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.

Robbie Nevil recorded a cover on his album Day 1 in 1991.

Lee Aaron recorded a cover on her album Some Girls Do in 1991.

Guitarist Steve Fister recorded a cover on his 2006 album Dodgin Bullets.

Guitarist Greg Howe recorded an instrumental version of the song for his 2008 album, Sound Proof.

UGK released a cover with the same title on their debut album Too Hard to Swallow.

Matthew Morrison performed the song as his Glee character Will Schuester in the first season episode "Funk". The single was released on iTunes.

In That '70s Show, in the episode "Water Tower", Eric walks in on his parents having sex, and the song plays every time he has recurring nightmares and thoughts of his parents.

Ronnie Laws recorded a version in 1975 that was sampled by the Beastie Boys on their critically acclaimed album Paul's Boutique

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.

The Case song "Tell Me", on his 1999 album Personal Conversation, was based in this song.

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.

Singer Kim Yarbrough successfully auditioned for Season 2 of The Voice with the song, landing a spot on Team Adam.

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.


  1. ^ Miller, S., (2010) "Music: What Happened?" 125 Records, ISBN 0615381960, ISBN 978-0615381961

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