is a rock song, originally recorded and released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. In 1984, Tina covered it for her comeback album Private Dancer and released it as the fourth single in Europe and the third single in the rest of the world. Tina performed the song at every concert tour, available on every live home video release and her two live albums. The song earned her a Grammy Award in 1985 for „Best Rock Vocal Performance Female“.
Writer: Holly Knight, Nick Chinn, Mike Chapman
Album: Private Dancer (1984) / Live In Europe (1988) / TINA Live (2009)
Single: Better Be Good To Me (1984)
Video: Private Dancer Tour (1985) / Live In Rio (1988) / Live In Barcelona (1990) / What’s Love? Live (1994) / Live In Amserdam (1997) / One Last Time (2000) / TINA Live (2009)
Charts: USA: #5 / UK: #45 / Germany: #52 / Australia: #28
Grammy: Best Rock Vocal Performance Female (1985)
This is the first song I ever wrote with Mike Chapman and it was a life changing moment for me, the whole experience. My band Spider was in the finishing stages of the second record, and I wanted Mike to produce a track this time. I thought that if I wrote the song with Mike, I could convince him to produce the track as well, which he did. It was soon after it's release, when I left Spider that it was played to Tina Turner in an A&R meeting at Capitol Records. Legend has it that she jumped out of her seat and said, ‘this is it, this is what I want to sing, and the message I’ve been wanting to say’. Nine songs later, it has been my experience that Tina does not like to sing songs where she is perceived as a victim. She only wants to sing positive, empowering songs. I love that about her.