“You’re So Good When You’re Bad”
Written by Ben Peters
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 5, 1982
#1 (1 week)
November 6, 1982
Like many Generation Xers, my first introduction to this Charley Pride classic was courtesy of Designing Women.
In one of the best episodes of the series, the song was used as the reconciliation soundtrack after the women and their vacation partners had gotten into a battle of the sexes for the ages. (The ladies won.)
How Dixie Carter didn’t get an Emmy for this episode is a mystery to me, as her reluctance to join the dance floor in the Pride-soundtracked scene features no dialogue but she communicates a wide range of emotions with just her body language and facial expressions.
A big part of why the scene works so well is because of how fantastic the song is, and it’s strong enough to be played in its entirety. “You’re So Good When You’re Bad” is a reminder of how underrated Charley Pride’s work is, especially from the later years.
This is the type of song usually associated with Conway Twitty, and Pride knocks it completely out of the park. His line readings range from sultry to witty as well as from humble to grateful, as he celebrates a woman that leaves him in awe.
This should be a modern standard already, and it’s well worth rediscovering this enduring classic from Charley Pride.
“You’re So Good When You’re Bad” gets an A.