Just Be Good to Me

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"Just Be Good to Me"
Single by The S.O.S. Band
from the album On the Rise
Format7" single
12" single
CD Single
RecordedMarch 1983
Master Sound Studio
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Length5:37 (single mix)
8:55 (12" mix)
9:04 (album mix)
Songwriter(s)James Harris III
Terry Lewis
Producer(s)Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The S.O.S. Band singles chronology
"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')"
"Just Be Good to Me"
"Tell Me If You Still Care"

"Just Be Good to Me" is a 1983 single by The S.O.S. Band, written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.[2]


The song's percussion and beats were produced using a Roland TR-808 drum machine.[3][verification needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 17
Belgian Singles Chart[5] 29
Irish Singles Chart[6] 21
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 10
UK Singles Chart[9] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 55
US Hot Black Singles (Billboard) 2
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[11] 3

Covers and samples[edit]

The song has subsequently been covered by several artists, including Deborah Cox (whose version reached number eight on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart), Mariah Carey (who performed it live on her 1993 Music Box Tour and 1996 Daydream Tour), Shayne Ward (who recorded it for his 2007 album, Breathless), and Faithless in 2008 in a collaboration with Dido. 2Pac also sampled the track during the making of his 1994 album, Me Against the World, for track number 7, "Heavy in the Game" Ft. Lady Levi and Richie Rich.

Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fatboy Slim) was involved with a very successful UK version with his band Beats International, who took the song to number one as "Dub Be Good to Me", which featured a backing track consisting mainly of a sample of The Clash classic "The Guns of Brixton". The song was also sampled by rapper Silkk the Shocker for his 1998 single "Just Be Straight with Me", which also featured Destiny's Child.

In 2010, Professor Green and Lily Allen released a cover reminiscent of Beats International's version titled "Just Be Good to Green", and Cher Lloyd performed it on series seven of The X Factor. In 2011, the song was performed by Simone Battle on series one of The X Factor (US).

In 2006, the song was remixed by the band Karmah with a mash-up of a sample of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.

In 2008, Australian artist Seany B released a version of this song, but called it "B Good 2 Me". [12]

In 2014, Usher quoted part of the lyrical melody in the song "She Came to Give It to You".

In 1991, MC Lyte also referenced the song on her track "Poor Georgie" from the studio album "Act Like You Know."

In 2018, Cyantific released the album Bloodline which contains Wild Child featuring the lyrics from the song.[13][14]

Popular impact[edit]

The song was featured on Richard Pryor's 1983 Live Concert Film, Richard Pryor Here and Now.

In 2008, the song was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station, The Vibe 98.8.


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  2. ^ "Flyte Time Official Bio". Flytetyme.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ 808 (documentary film)
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "BEL Charts > The S.O.S. Band". VRT Top 30. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  6. ^ "IRE Charts Search > The S.O.S. Band". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  7. ^ "NL Charts > The S.O.S. Band". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  8. ^ "NZ Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  9. ^ "SOS Band - Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. ^ "US Singles Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  11. ^ "( On the Rise > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - B Good 2 Me - EP by Seany B". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  13. ^ "Wild Child". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  14. ^ Cyantific – Wild Child, retrieved 2019-05-30