E-46546 It's All I Can Do
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Released on September 25, 1979
US CHART POSITION #41 (charted Oct. 13, 1979 for 10 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
E-46546 w. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

K ronomyth 2.2: CANDY-ORR. For years, as a kid, I just assumed Ric Ocasek sang everything, and that sometimes he chose to sing these weird, strangled songs and other times he sang in a clearer, cooler style. (I had the same kind of confusion over The Clash as a kid too.) These days, I realize that the weird, strangled sound is Ocasek and the clear, cool vocals come courtesy of Benjamin Orr. Based on Candy-O (Letís Go, Itís All I Can Do, Candy-O), The Cars should have permanently put Orr behind the microphone. ďItís All I Can Do,Ē the second US single from their second album, was a detached and downbeat song that pulled you into its dreamworld because it sounded so different from most of the music being made in 1979. There were these spacy synthesizers, clockwork guitars and a liquid voice calling you to stop what you were doing and pay attention like some hip hypnotist. The B side is more in line with Candyís crunchier conceits: noisy guitars, hyper-compressed keyboards and Ocasekís masked mannerisms, all of it arriving on the heels of This Yearís Model.

TRACK LISTING

    US/JPN 7-inch single
  1. IT'S ALL I CAN DO    (Ric Ocasek)    3:45
  2. GOT A LOT ON MY HEAD    (Ric Ocasek)    2:58

    UK 7-inch single
  3. IT'S ALL I CAN DO
  4. CANDY-O

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 25, 1979 Elektra 7" E-46546 picture sleeve
UK December 1979 Elektra 7" K-12416 picture sleeve
JPN 1979 Elektra 7" P-495E picture sleeve

 

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