Club Nouveau is an R&B-pop band that was formed by record producer/performer Jay King and Singer/songwriter/arranger, Valerie Watson , in 1986 in Sacramento, California, subsequent to the breakup of the Timex Social Club. Other members of Club Nouveau included original members Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Prater, and Valerie Watson. Additional members include James L. Richard II, Kevin Irving, David Agent, Walter Phillips, and Mario Corbino. The band’s name (French for “New Club”) was changed from its original incarnation, Jet Set, to exploit the breakup of the Timex Social Club. The group was signed by Warner Bros. Records, on which Club Nouveau released its first three albums.
“Why You Treat Me So Bad” is a 1987 single by Club Nouveau from its 1986 album Life, Love & Pain. The basic melodic hook of the song is taken from a hit by Club Nouveau member Jay King’s previous project as producer, Timex Social Club (namely, the song “Thinkin’ About Ya”). In turn, the song has since been sampled on “I Got 5 on It” by Luniz, “Only U” by Ashanti, “Satisfy You” by Puff Daddy featuring R. Kelly, “I’m Gonna Be Alright” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Nas, and the So So Def Remix to “Irresistible” by Jessica Simpson. Gwen Stefani’s 2004 solo debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was initially conceived after she listened to the song while on tour with No Doubt.
The single was remixed by John Morales and Sergio Munzbai for the 12″ single.
Why You Treat Me So Bad (Club Mix) 7:47
Why You Treat Me So Bad (Radio Edit) 5:33
Why You Treat Me So Bad (Ultimate Nouveau Mix) 9:06
Why You Treat Me So Bad (LP Version) 5:07