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Spider – Better Be Good To Me (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 27th, 2016


Side A

“Better Be Good to Me” is a hit rock song, written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight. The song was originally recorded in 1981 by American rock band Spider with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. Holly Knight went on to become a successful songwriter for various artists and later formed Device. “Better Be Good To Me” later became a hit for Tina Turner in 1984.

Spider’s version was taken from their second album Between the Lines and features Amanda Blue on lead vocals.

Better Be Good To Me (Long Version) 7:24
Producer – Mike Chapman
Written-By – Holly Knight, Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn

I Love 3:11
Producer – Mike Chapman
Written-By – A. Fig*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)

Label: Dreamland Records ‎– DLSPX 11
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock


Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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19 Responses to “Spider – Better Be Good To Me (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. HERC Says:

    Oops, this looks like the UK 12″.


    HERC Reply:

    Just saying the post title and tags say US even though you specifically say UK and link to UK single on Discogs in your post.


  2. Jeff Says:

    It’s always great to see/hear of a song that was before another song that one is familiar with. Thank you Paul for something that is indeed a surprise to me. I am intrigued. I hope you have a grand weekend.

    All the very best!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. Have a nice holiday weekend 🙂


  3. Rafael Cova Says:

    Thanks Paul! I love this song, i love Spider great band, ‘Between The Lines’ is a incredible album, again THAKS A LOT, you’re so cool!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rafael Cova 🙂


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    An interesting post DJPaul, I didn’t realise this was also a cover by Ms Turner.

    I’m finding more and more of her classics were done by someone else first. Most surprising for me was [Simply] The Best which was a Bonnie Tyler album track before TT made it her own.

    Will be interesting hearing this one. 🙂


    Jon Reply:

    Bonnie also recorded “Save Up Your Tears” before Cher on the same album as “The Best” (Bonnie’s album was called “Notes From America” in the US and “Hide Your Heart” in the UK [same tracklisting]). Also for the curious that album includes a version of “Don’t Turn Around”, first by Tina Turner (as a B-Side) then ASWAD then Ace of Base. “Don’t Turn Around” was written for Tina but dropped from Break Every Rule.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    OMG I didn’t realise Aswad *didn’t* write Don’t Turn Around!! :-O

    Lots to check out.


  5. Song_And_Dance Says:

    I never knew the Tina version wasn´t the original. Great find for me, Paul. Thank you!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Song And Dance 🙂


  6. Daniel Says:

    Thank you Paul for this great post. Another great find for me. This original version is even better than Tina’s!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Daniel 🙂


  7. oldDJ Says:

    Paul, my first time hearing this. Definitely will track down the album. Thanks!

    And thanks for everything you do on the blog week after week…have a great holiday weekend!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you oldDJ. Have a safe Memorial Day 🙂


  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    This is why I LOVE and support your blog. Asides from just recapturing all / most of the music that I enjoyed growing up, I get to learn something new (from what can considered a classic). This is one of them.. I’ve grown to only know the Tina Turner version, not knowing that this is the original version and original group show sang it first.

    Thank you for this post and for this sducational journey Dj PaulT! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for supporting BTG month after month musicdivaSF 🙂


  9. TD Says:

    I have the shorter, edited version of this song. Thrilled to now have the long version. Holly Knight’s cover of Love Is a Battlefield, which she co-wrote, is excellent too.


  10. David Says:

    I’d never heard of this before, but I love it. And I love this blog, introducing me to stuff I’d never normally dream of listening to, broadening my horizons. Thanks so much!


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