You're No Good for Me

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"You're No Good for Me"
Single by Kelly Charles
Released 1987 (1987)
Format 12", 7"
Recorded Alpha Recording, Teaneck
Genre House, garage house
Length 3:55
Label Next Plateau
Writer(s) James Bratton, Kelly Charles
Producer(s) James Bratton, Dolores Drewry, Joe Maggio (exec.)

"You're No Good for Me" is a house song by American singer Kelly Charles that was released as a single on Next Plateau Records in 1987. The song's hook "You're no good for me, I don't need nobody / Don't need no one that's no good for me" has been sampled numerous times by artists such as Hithouse, Oxide & Neutrino, Plan B and The Prodigy who had a hit single in 1994 with "No Good (Start the Dance)".


The song was written by James Bratton and Kelly Charles and was produced by Bratton and Dolores Drewry at Alpha Recording in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1] It was released as a single in 1987 on Next Plateau Records in the United States and on London Records in the United Kingdom.

Track listings[edit]

12-inch single
  1. "You're No Good for Me" (radio version) – 3:55
  2. "You're No Good for Me" (club mix) – 5:00
  3. "You're No Good for Me" (Classy club dub mix) – 6:00
7-inch single
  1. "You're No Good for Me" (instrumental) – 3:45
  2. "You're No Good for Me" (radio version) – 3:55


  • Kelly Charles – vocals
  • James Bratton – producer, mixing
  • Dolores Drewry – producer
  • Russ Kip Moore – engineer
  • Keith Dumpson – mixing
  • Joe Maggio – executive producer
  • Greg Hatten – piano

Samples, remixes and cover versions[edit]

Dutch disc jockey and producer Hithouse's single "Jack to the Sound of the Underground" was the first dance record to sample "You're No Good for Me" in 1988. The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] British electronic group The Prodigy sampled the song for their 1994 hit single "No Good (Start the Dance)".

In 2000 British UK garage duo Oxide & Neutrino interpolated "You're No Good for Me" on their second single "No Good 4 Me", which was taken from their debut album Execute (2001). The song features vocals from fellow So Solid Crew members Megaman, Romeo and Lisa Maffia and also contains elements from "No Good (Start the Dance)" by The Prodigy. The single peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and was also certified Silver by the BPI for sales of over 200,000 units.[3]

In 2005 Plan B also interpolated the song in the chorus "No Good" the first single taken from his debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (2006). The track was produced by Paul Epworth and also samples "Psychedelic Shack" by The Temptations. The song was first released as a double A-side with "Sick 2 Def" in 2005 and was re-released in a slightly remixed form by Jeremy Wheatley as a stand-alone single in 2007 with additional remixes including a remix by Chase & Status.

German rapper Kollegah also sampled "You're No Good for Me" and "No Good (Start the Dance)" in his song "Hater" (2007). Ultrabeat interpolated the song into "The Stalker" from their second album The Weekend Has Landed (2009). Lostprophets have incorporated the song into their cover of The Prodigy's "Omen" during their live shows.

List of songs that sample "You're No Good for Me"
  • Hithouse - "Jack to the Sound of the Underground" (1988)
  • The Prodigy - "No Good (Start the Dance)" (1994)
  • Search & Destroy - "Don't Need Nobody" (1994)
  • Buzz Fuzz - "No Good 4 Me" (1997)
  • Oxide & Neutrino - "No Good 4 Me" (2000)
  • Norman Bass - "Jack to the Sound" (2002)
  • DJ Fixx - "No Good 4 Me" (2003)
  • Tocadisco - "You're No Good for Me" (2005)
  • Plan B - "No Good" (2005)
  • Bong-Ra - "Suicide Speed Machine Girl" (2006)
  • D'Explicit - "Good for Me" (2007)
  • Kollegah - "Hater" (2007)
  • Gareth Wyn - "You're No Good for Me" (2009)
  • gidropony - "No Good" (2009)
  • Ultrabeat - "The Stalker" (2009)
  • Super Beez - "You're No Good for Me" (2010)
  • Sean Finn - "No Good" (2011)
  • Hixxy & Technikore feat. Intraspekt - "Don't Need" (2011)
  • Fedde le Grand & Sultan & Ned Shepard - "No Good" (2013)
  • The Shapeshifters - No Need No Body (2013)
  • Røse - No Good (2015)
  • Dropgun - Nobody (2016)


  1. ^ You're No Good for Me (Media notes). Kelly Charles. Next Plateau Records. 1987. 
  2. ^ "Hithouse". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 11, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2010.