Chaka Khan

Tell Me Something Good

Song Review by

Rufus' signature song, "Tell Me Something Good" is also notable as the all-time wah-wah mother. There are at times up to four different wah-wah guitar lines playing at once in the verses of this song, not to mention the Peter Frampton-like wah-wah vocal effect that decorates the choruses. The song is almost painfully slow, which only adds to its sheer funkiness, and most importantly, this is probably Chaka Khan's best vocal performance. A singer who sometimes has a tendency to overemote, Kahn is soulful as all get out here, but the stately tempo doesn't allow her the room to go overboard. The result is one of the most unique and intense funk singles of the '70s. After its extended run as a disco-funk dancefloor filler, "Tell Me Something Good" has entered a productive second live as a popular song for TV commercials for the likes of Burger King and sitcoms like Will and Grace, which used the song very effectively as a running gag in a 2002 episode.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 1996 Reprise / Warner Bros. 3:35
I'm Every Woman: The Best of Chaka Khan 1999 Reprise 3:35
The Best of Funk [Somerset] 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 4:42
Greatest Hits Live 2008 Cleopatra
All The Hits Live 2008 Bhm Productino Gmbh / ZYX Music
All the Hits Live 2008 ZYX Music 2:39
Greatest Hits Live [DVD] 2008 Cleopatra
25 Best: R&B Classics 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
No Image 2008 St. Clair
S.O.U.L. 2011 Sony Music 2:39
Ultimate 16: Best of R&B 2012
Various Artists
Sonoma 2:42
Divas of the 70's & 80's
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:40
Forever Soul R&B [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:42
Motor City 50: Legends of Motor City and More...
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:43
R&B Favorites [4 Disc]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:42
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