You Better You Bet

Album: Face Dances (1981)
Charted: 9 18

Songfacts®:

  • This is a love song written from the perspective of a guy who drinks and smokes too much. He and his girl have a clever rapport: when he tells her he loves her, she says, "You better."

    Pete Townshend wrote it "over several weeks of clubbing and partying" while the still-married guitarist was dating a younger woman. He said: "I wanted it to be a great song, because the girl I wrote it for is one of the best people on the planet."
  • This was the first Who single recorded with drummer Kenney Jones, who had replaced Keith Moon after his death three years earlier. Speaking to Uncut magazine in 2001, lead singer Roger Daltrey commented: "A wonderful, wonderful song. The way the vocal bounces, it always reminds me of Elvis. But it was a difficult time, yeah. The Moon carry-on was much harder than carrying on after John, because we're more mature now. I hate going over this but, in retrospect, we did make the wrong choice of drummers. Kenney Jones – don't get me wrong, a fantastic drummer – but he completely threw the chemistry of the band. It just didn't work; the spark plug was missing from the engine."

    "The first tour Kenney did with us, though, he was absolutely f--king brilliant," Daltrey added. "But after that he settled into what he knew, which was his Faces-type drumming, which doesn't work with The Who. In some ways I'd like to go back and re-record a lot of the songs on Face Dances, but 'You Better, You Bet' is still one of my favorite songs of all."
  • The black-and-white music video features the band and keyboardist John Bundrick playing the song onstage. It was the fourth clip played upon MTV's launch on August 1,1981 and was also the 54th visual to be aired on the fledgling music channel, making it the first video to be shown on MTV more than once.
  • The lyric, "I drunk my self blind to the sound of old T-Rex," refers to the '60s/'70s British glam rock band T-Rex, fronted by Marc Bolan. >>
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  • The lead single from The Who's Face Dances album, this was the last single by the band that reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 10 in the UK.
  • The keyboard line came from a Yamaha E70 organ Pete Townshend played using the Auto Arpeggio setting. He used the same setup to create the keyboard riff in "Eminence Front."

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 28, 1981, the Who were guests on the weekly syndicated television program, 'Solid Gold'...
    At the time their "You Better You Be" was at #48 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, six weeks later it would peak at #18 {for 3 weeks} and it spent fifteen weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #4 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1965 and 1982 the British quartet had twenty-six records on the Top 100 chart, one made the Top 10, "I Can See for Miles", it peaked at #9 for two weeks on November 19th, 1967...
    Sadly, two of the four original members have passed away, Keith Moon at age 32 on September 7th, 1978, and John Entwistle on June 27th, 2002 at age 57...
    May they both R.I.P.
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