Rufus – Tell Me Something Good

Great song great music great voice. This song was performed by Rufus with Chaka Khan and written by Stevie Wonder. The song peaked at #3 in the Billboard 100 and #21 in Canada in 1974. The Talk-Box which Frampton later used sounds great in this song.

Rufus evolved from a group called The American Breed, who had a hit with “Bend Me, Shape Me.” They took their name from a column in Popular Mechanics magazine called “Ask Rufus,” later shortened to Rufus when Chaka Khan joined the band in 1972.

From Songfacts.

Stevie Wonder wrote this song and recorded it himself on December 13, 1973 – he copyrighted it on January 3, 1974. His version was never released, as he gave it to Rufus, since Stevie was a fan of their lead singer, Chaka Khan. Around this time, Wonder was turning many of his best songs over to female singers with otherworldly voices: Aretha Franklin recorded his “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” and Minnie Riperton did “Lovin’ You.”

The story Chaka Khan tells is that Wonder was going to bring them a song in the studio, and when he dropped by and played her the song, she stunned her bandmates by telling the mighty Stevie Wonder she didn’t like it; Chaka says she was 19 and pregnant, so she was a little prickly at the time. Wonder asked her astrological sign, and when she told him Aries, he delivered “Tell Me Something Good.” According to Chaka, she loved it and they worked out the song together in the studio, although Stevie is the only credited writer on the song.

Tell Me Something Good

You ain’t got no kind of feeling inside
I got something that will sure ‘nough set your stuff on fire
You refuse to put anything before your pride
What I got something will knock all your pride aside
Tell me something good 
Tell me that you love me, yeah
Tell me something good 
Tell me that you like it, yeah
Got no time is what you’re known to say
I’ll make you wish there was forty eight hours to each day
The problem is you ain’t been loved like you should
What I got to give will sure ‘nough do you good
Tell me something good 
Tell me that you love me, yeah
Tell me something good 
Tell me that you like it, yeah
You ain’t got no kind of feeling inside
I got something that will sure ‘nough set your stuff on fire
You refuse to put anything before your pride
What I got something will knock all your pride aside
Tell me something good (oh, yeah, yeah)
Tell me that you love me, yeah
Tell me something good 
Tell me that you like it, yeah
Tell me something good (tell me baby baby, tell me)
Tell me that you love me, yeah, yeah, yeah yeah
Tell me something good (oh, tell me, tell me, tell me)
Tell me that you like it, yeah, yeah, don’t you like it, baby?

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

12 thoughts on “Rufus – Tell Me Something Good”

  1. When I found out Stevie wrote that it was like- Dah! That was pretty obvious how didn’t I see that…. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame- is a joke. Just sayin’

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      1. When you look at it- it started out well when the picks were the obvious ones- then it became Jann Wenner’s personal hall of who he liked. It has to be the strangest Hall I know of- makes no sense.

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      2. There is no criteria to it…it’s just like throwing darts on a map….Oh I didn’t know Wonder wrote that until I looked it up… makes sense. He was everywhere in the early to mid seventies.

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      3. Wonder could do no wrong- his ‘riding the shark’- was I Just Called To Say I Love You… I loved the scene in High Fidelity when the customer came in and asked for that and Jack Black raked him over.

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  2. This song has a lot going for it. It has a Barry White factor of 10 out of 10. The guitar and vocals with the voice machine knock it out of the park. I had no clue Chaka Khan was the voice on this song or that Stevie Wonder wrote it. I’m kind of shocked a one-hit-wonder would get inducted into RRHoF, but sounds like it’s par for the course…

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    1. Yea the RRH of Fame is so political.
      The song is funky in a great way. I didn’t know Wonder wrote it either until I did this…unusual arrangement which is great.

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