lub Nouveau is a rhythm and blues pop band that was formed by record producer/performer Jay King in 1986 in Sacramento, California, subsequent to the break up of the Timex Social Club. Other members of Club Nouveau included original members Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Prater, and Valerie Watson. The band's name (French for "New Club") was changed from its original incarnation, Jet Set, to exploit the break up of the Timex Social Club. The group was signed by Warner Bros. Records, on which Club Nouveau released its first three albums.
From its debut album, Life, Love and Pain, which was released in 1986, they scored four consecutive hits: "Jealousy" (essentially a rewrite of and response to Timex Social Club's hit "Rumors"), "Situation #9," a remake of Bill Withers's "Lean on Me," and "Why You Treat Me So Bad." "Why You Treat Me So Bad" was sampled by The Luniz on their hit single "I Got Five On It" and subsequently by Puff Daddy on "Satisfy You". The latter two both made it to #2 on the Billboard R&B chart the next year, with "Lean on Me" becoming a big Billboard Hot 100 hit. "Jealousy" also made an appearance on the soundtrack to the.