Better Be Good To Me is a rock song, originally from the US band Spider and the fourth single from Tina’s comeback album Private Dancer. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows in Europe and America and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009. The previously unreleased b-side track „When I Was Young“ is a cover from Eric Burdon and was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982.

The music video, directed by Brian Grant and produced by Adrian Irving, was filmed in September 1984 at the Beverly Theater in Los Angeles. It was packed with fans, invited to the venue by advertisements on local radio stations and shows Tina with a black leather jacket and trousers together with her band on stage. Included is also a weird special appearance from Cy Curnin from The Fixx, dancing around on stage first alone and later with Tina. After finishing the video, Tina sang also a four-song medley for the fans. Post-production took place at the Post Group in Los Angeles. A short version of the clip was originally released on the Private Dancer EP on VHS, but is also available on the Simply The Best home video on DVD. A longer and officially never released version shows more of Cy Curnin’s special appearance.

Released in August 1984 in America, in September 1984 in the UK and in January 1985 in Germany from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ (picture shape) & 12“ vinyl, Better Be Good To Me reached #5 in America, #45 in England and #52 in Germany. The song won a Grammy Award in the category „Best Rock Vocal Performance Female“ in 1985.

Billboard Magazine - August 08, 1984: The follow-up smash to her No.1 GOLD record, “What’s Love Got To Do With lt”. From the PLATINUM album, PRIVATE DANCER. Power and authority that set a new standard for female rockers (though musicians have been saying that about her for 15 years). 

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Single (UK) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Single (UK) - Back Cover

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A. Better Be Good To Me (Edit) 3:40

Written by Holly Knight, Nick Chinn, Mike Chapman / Produced by Rupert Hine for Gestalt

B. When I Was Young (Previously Unreleased) 3:11

Written by Eric Burdon / Produced by John Carter

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A. Better Be Good To Me (Extended Version) 7:47

B. When I Was Young (Previously Unreleased) 3:11

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A + B. Better Be Good To Me (Live) 4:36

Recorded live at Park West, Chicago 1984 / Mobile Recording by Westwood One

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(hot tracks) Better Be Good To Me (Extended Dance Edit) 8:53

Remix: Steve Algozino

Design: Shot That Tiger!
Photography: Peter Ashworth

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Promo (USA) - Sticker

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Promo (USA) - Sticker

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Cover

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Promo

Billboard Promo 1984

Billboard Magazine
August 11, 1984

… Brian Grant worked on another video in Los Angeles, but that one turned out to be far less tiring. This one, for Tina Turner’s „Better Be Good To Me,“ was the usual performance video. The production company staged the video at the Beverly Theater, which was packed with Turner fans wooed to the venue by advertisements on local radio stations. After filming ceased, the Capitol Records artist sang a four-song medley. „Better Be Good To Me“ cost less than $100,000, according to the production company. Post-production took place at the Post Group in Los Angeles. Jacqui Byford produced Turner’s clip.

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Picture Shape (UK) - Front

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Vinyl Picture Shape (UK) - Back

Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Adrian Irving
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 4:03

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Tina Turner - What’s Love Got To Do With It - Single

What’s Love Got To Do With It

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Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me - Single

Better Be Good To Me

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Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Single

Private Dancer