I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) Hall and Oates



” I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) ” is by Hall and Oates, the American musical duo from Philadelphia, US. The pair consists of Daryl Hall, considered to be lead vocalist and John Oates who plays electric guitar and adds backing vocals.
The duo has sold in the region of 40 million records during their career, a feat that makes Daryl Hall and John Oates the third best-selling music duo of all time.
The song was written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall and John Oates ( Hall & Oates produced the track ). Sara Allen had a long-term relationship with Daryl Hall which ended in 2001; she is best known for her work with the duo, she contributed to many of their hit singles including ” Private Eyes ” and ” Maneater “.
” I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) ” was released on the 14th of December 1981 by record label RCA ( owned by Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the second single from the duo’s tenth album, Private Eyes.
The song came about almost by accident; it was built around a phrase used within their inner circle for whenever one of them felt pressured to go with something against their wishes and follow the crowd.
It was late one night at the Electric Lady studios, after finishing the ” Private Eyes ” album that Daryl Hall started to play around with the bass line on a Korg organ, with the result being recorded by sound engineer Neil Kernon.
John Oates said of the session ” We basically finished the song in the studio, right there “. The duo recorded all the instruments themselves, except for the sax solo which was later added by Charlie DeChant.
Lyrically the song is open to interpretation; some believe it is about relationships, when actually according to John Oates the song ” is about the music business. That song is really about not being pushed around by big labels, managers, and agents and being told what to do, and being true to yourself creatively “.
” I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) ” was a commercial success for Hall and Oates. In the United States the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number fifty-nine on the 14th of November 1981, and after eleven weeks reached Number One, it held the top spot for one week and spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 23rd of January 1982 and peaked at number eight. It spent one week in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1

UK Highest Chart Position: 8

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia 13, Canada 2, the Netherlands 13, New Zealand 5, Sweden 10, Germany 72, Belgium 15

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