Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)

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"Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)"
Single by Boston
from the album Third Stage
B-side "Cool the Engines"
Released April 1987
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1981-1983 at Hideaway Studios
Genre Rock
Length 3:58
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom Scholz
Producer(s) Tom Scholz
Boston singles chronology
"We're Ready"
(1986)
"Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still in Love"
(1987)
"Hollyann"
(1986)

"Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)", also known as "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still in Love" or "Can'tcha Say" is a song written by Tom Scholz that was first released by Boston on their 1986 album Third Stage. It was released as the third single from the album and reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It also reached #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #27 on the Cashbox chart.[2] In Canada, the song peaked at #88.[3]

Although not released until 1986, Boston recorded "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)" over 1981, 1982 and 1983.[4] According to the Third Stage liner notes, the song is about a reunion.[4] Scholz used the Rockman amplifier he invented to produce an effect in which the electric guitars sound like violins.[4][5] "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)" was the first song on which Scholz recorded his guitar part using a Rockman, in conjunction with a ten band equalizer for changing sounds.[6]

Boston Phoenix critic Milo Miles criticizes "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)" as "tedium."[7] He singles out the line "Where there's a will there's a way" as an example of the song's "prosaic, cliched lyrics."[7] However, Billboard Magazine regarded the song as one of the "best bets" to follow up on the success of the #1 single from Third Stage, "Amanda."[8] Los Angeles Times critic Steve Pond praises the "persuasive" sound at the climax, which he likens to the sound of "a couple dozen guitars" revving up.[9] Jerry Spangler of the Deseret News praised the song as a ballad that sounds like a "sure-fire winner".[10] Philip Booth of the Lakeland Ledger praises the song's "a capella vocal opening."[11] Tom Alesia of The Wisconsin State Journal regards the song's title as Boston's worst.[12]

Despite its chart success, "Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)" was omitted from Boston's 1997 Greatest Hits album, for which the San Antonio Express criticized the package.[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Canadian Top Singles 88[3]
US Billboard Hot 100 20[1]
US Mainstream Rock 7[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Third Stage awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  2. ^ Downey, P., Albert, G. & Hoffmann, F.W. (1994). Cash box pop singles charts, 1950-1993. University of Michigan. p. 34. ISBN 1563083167. 
  3. ^ a b RPM 100 Singles 46 (4). Library and Archives Canada. May 2, 1987. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  4. ^ a b c "Third Stage". Boston. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  5. ^ Samuels, L. (August 26, 1986). "After Eight Years Boston Delivers More of the Same Old Bombast". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  6. ^ Stix, J. (July 1987). "Tom Scholz: A Normal Life". Guitar. pp. 46=53, 101. 
  7. ^ a b Miles, M. (October 21, 1986). "Pop-Pourri". Boston Phoenix. p. 40. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Spotlight". Billboard Magazine. October 4, 1986. p. 78. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  9. ^ Pond, S. (October 5, 1986). "Boston Eight Years After". Los Angeles Times. p. 76. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  10. ^ Spangler, J. (October 31, 2013). "Former Musical Kings Attempt to Climb Back to the Top". Deseret News. p. 8W. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  11. ^ Booth, P. (October 2, 1987). "Boston Proves a Point". Lakeland Ledger. p. 12. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  12. ^ Alesia, T. (July 13, 2003). "Dinosaurs Rock Festival Near Eau Claire Becomes Haven for Fading Rockers". The Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2013-08-11.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  13. ^ "Don't Shoot! Give 'Greatest Hits' a Chance". San Antonio Express. August 1, 1997. Retrieved 2013-08-11.