You Make Me Feel Good

Album: The Zombies (1964)
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Songfacts®:

  • Released as the B-side of their debut single, "She's Not There," "You Make Me Feel Good" was written by the group's bass player, Chris White. "That was the first song I wrote that was recorded," he wrote in the Hung Up On A Dream - A Zombie History Sleevenotes. "We first played that over in the garden of my place, because it was right before the first session and Ken [producer Ken Jones] had said, 'Can you write a song?'"
  • In this song, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent share the vocals, giving it a similar sound to many early Beatles songs when John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang together.
  • The song seems to be answering a question posed by a girl, likely something along the lines of, "Why do you love me?" The answer: "You make me feel good." Not the most romantic retort, but it could be effective.
  • According to Gus Dudgeon, who went on to produce Elton John, this was the first song he engineered from beginning to end. Dudgeon was a tape operator on the session, but the engineer, Terry Johnson, had a drinking problem and showed up after lunch "paralytically drunk." He was sent home in a taxi, and Dudgeon stepped into the role. "I just loved what the band did and they were a really nice bunch of guys," he said. "I used to look forward to their sessions more than anyone else I worked with." >>
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