Billy J. Kramer, as is well known, rose to quick stardom in England (and shortly afterward in the United States) by covering a rapid succession of Lennon-McCartney tunes, most of which the Beatles didn't put on their own records. "Bad to Me" was the second Lennon-McCartney song to become a hit for Kramer in the UK ("Do You Want to Know a Secret?" was the first), hitting #1 in 1963 and making the Top Ten in the US the following year. Like most of the songs John Lennon and Paul McCartney "gave away" in their early career for other artists to record, it was more lightweight than what the Beatles saved for themselves. But it shared similarly instantly catchy melodies with the Beatles' early material. Like some early Beatles songs -- "Do You Want to Know a Secret?," in fact, or "If I Fell" -- it started with a slow, drawn-out section that wasn't repeated elsewhere in the track, an unusual structural device for pop-rock at the time. After that super-romantic prelude, a chiming guitar comes in to kick off a typically bouncy 1963 British Invasion midtempo pop tune. While the lyrics are a bit childish with their references to the birds and bees being lonely, at the same time they're a bit sly with those same birds and bees references, and the melody gets beguiling when it rises to an unusual sweet-sour note just before the title's sung. In common, again, with many early Beatles songs, the transition from verse to bridge and back again is super-smooth, again going into some pleasing unusual bittersweet sequences right before the verse returns. A nice 12-string-sounding guitar solo is out of the George Harrison book of brief but effective instrumental breaks. A Beatles demo, incidentally, of "Bad to Me" has been bootlegged, seemingly performed totally or almost totally by principal songwriter John Lennon. Solo acoustic in nature, it has a good deal of charm, in large part because Lennon was a much better singer than Kramer, and is closer to "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" in the flavor of its arrangement than the version that Kramer recorded is.