"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" is a 1981 song recorded by Daryl Hall and John Oates.
On January 30, 1982, "I Can't Go for That" ended a 10-week run at the top of the Hot 100 by Olivia Newton-John's song, "Physical" (which had knocked out Hall & Oates'"Private Eyes" from the top spot). The song also went to number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week in January 1982.
Thanks to heavy airplay on urban contemporary radio stations, "I Can't Go for That" also topped the U.S. R&B chart, a rare feat for a White act. According to the Hall and Oates biography, Hall, upon learning that "I Can't Go For That" had gone to number one on the R&B chart, wrote in his diary, "I'm the head soul brother in the U.S. Where to now?"
"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" is one of 14 Hall and Oates songs that have been played on the radio over one million times, according to BMI.
- 2 Awards and accolades
- 3 Covers
- 4 Samples and interpolations in other songs
- 5 Chart performance
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Daryl Hall sketched out the basic song one evening at a music studio in New York City, in 1981, after a recording session for the Private Eyes album. Hall began to play a bass line on a Korg organ, and sound engineer Neil Kernon recorded the result. Hall then came up with a guitar riff, which he and Oates worked on together. The next day, Hall, Oates and Sara Allen worked on the lyrics.
"I Can't Go for That" was voted number six on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s."
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The song has been covered by numerous recording artists, including Brian McKnight (June 23, 1992 ), The Nylons,[when?] Les Go (with Alfredo Alias),[when?] Donny Osmond,[when?] East End,[when?] KansasCali (September 20, 2005), Orson,[when?] Peniston.[when?]
In 2010, The Bird and the Bee covered this song for their tribute album Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.
This song was also covered by Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers in their very successful "Van Sessions" series,[when?] which they recorded while driving from one gig to the next. It became a viral hit on YouTube and features Ms. Bluhm not only singing, but in addition playing the sax solo on a kazoo while driving the van. This version has actually been endorsed by Hall and Oates.
According to Daryl Hall, during the recording of “We Are the World”, Jackson approached him and admitted to lifting the bass line for "Billie Jean" from a Hall and Oates song, apparently referring to "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Hall says that he told Jackson that he had lifted the bass line from another song himself, and that it was "something we all do."
- 1989 - "Say No Go" - De La Soul
- 1993 - "V.S.O.P" - Above the Law
- 1996 - "So Deep" - Dan-e-o
- 1997 - "I'll Do Anything" - Heavy D
- 1998 - "I Can't Go for That" - 2 Live Crew
- 1999 - "Wait 'Til I Get Home" - C-Note
- 2001 - "Traffic" - Stereo MC's
- 2002 - "4 Myself" Mac Dre ft. Devious and Dubee
- 2003 - "Take Me To Your Leader" - King Geedorah
- 2003 - "Sunrise" - Simply Red
- 2004 - "I Can't Go For That/Happy People Remix" - Notorious B.I.G. / R. Kelly ("Happy People" samples Spandau Ballet's "True")
- 2006 - "Give and Go" - Girl Talk
- 2006 - "Can't Go On" - Örten
- 2006 - "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)" - Plan B
Some songs have included a vocal interpolation of the chorus, including:
- 1996 - "My Crew Can't Go for That" - Trigger tha Gambler
- 2000 - "Can't Go for That" - Tamia
- 2006 - "No Can Do" - Tech N9ne
Other songs have included a re-recorded variation of the song's famous descending arpeggio, including:
- 2000 - "After Party" - Koffee Brown
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