Can the Can

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This article is about a single. For Suzi Quatro's debut album in Australia, see Can the Can (album).
"Can the Can"
The single cover of "Can The Can"
Single by Suzi Quatro
B-side "Ain't Ya Something Honey"
Released 1973
Genre
Label RAK Records
Writer(s) (A-side)
Suzi Quatro (B-side)
Producer(s) (A-side)
Mickie Most (B-side)
Certification Silver (BPI)
Suzi Quatro singles chronology
"Rolling Stone"
(1972)
"Can the Can"
(1973)
"48 Crash"
(1973)

"Can the Can" is the second solo single by Suzi Quatro and her first to reach number one in the UK, spending a single week at the top of the chart in June 1973. It also reached number one on the European and Australian charts in whose market Quatro achieved her most consistent success throughout her career as a recording artist. The single belatedly became a hit in the US peaking at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. It was re-released as a B-side single in 1984 but didn't chart. The single hit the charts again in 1987 in the UK at number 87, it also appeared on her 1995 album What Goes Around.

This single made Quatro the first female bass guitar player to become a major rock star and so broke a barrier to women's participation in rock music.[3]

Background[edit]

This, Quatro's second solo single, was released after she moved from the United States to Britain. In the United States she had already released two singles with all-female band The Pleasure Seekers.[4] Her first solo single, "Rolling Stone", was recorded with session players. "Rolling Stone" only achieved popularity in Portugal, where it went to number one.[5]

For "Can the Can" she had her own band, the band had toured the United Kingdom as the warm-up act for Slade and Thin Lizzy, and they had new songwriters/producers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.[5]

The song "Can the Can" was written and produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.[5][6] It has the refrain :

Make a stand for your man, honey, try to can the can
Put your man in the can, honey, get him while you can
Can the can, can the can, if you can, well can the can

—– Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn

According to songwriter Nicky Chinn, the words "can the can" mean " ... something that is pretty impossible, you can't get one can inside another if they are the same size, so we're saying you can't put your man in the can if he is out there and not willing to commit".[7]

The song "Ain't Ya Something Honey" was written by Quatro and produced by Mickie Most.[5][6]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2005 Bruce Pollock United States "The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000"[8] Unordered
Toby Creswell Australia "1001 Songs"[8]
2009 Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé France "3000 Rock Classics"[8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzi Quatro – bass and lead vocals
  • Len Tuckey – guitar
  • Alastair McKenzie – keyboards
  • Keith Hodge – drums

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^
  2. ^
    • Suzi Quatro at the Wayback Machine (archived 23 November 2009). "The first single they recorded went nowhere, so Most brought in up-and-coming hard-pop writers, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. The first song they gave Quatro, a hard rock pop gem entitled "Can the Can" went straight to the top of the U.K. charts." Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
    • "Teenager Pop Factory". Teenager 4 (M.M. Ahmed). 1973. p. 30. "The only lady to get in top twenty and at number one, with a solo number was the English Suzy Quatro, with her hard rock and noisy number 'Can the Can'.." 
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  4. ^ "Michigan Rock and Roll Legends – SUZI QUATRO". Michigan, United States: Michigan Rock and Roll Legends. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
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  6. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "Suzi Quatro – A's, B's and Rarities – Review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Can The Can by Suzi Quatro". Songfacts. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Suzi Quatro – Can the Can". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – 13 October 1973". Go-Set. Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1970's". World Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Suzi Quatro – Can The Can – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Suzi Quatro – Can The Can" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  13. ^ (Dutch) "Can The Can – SUZI QUATRO". Top 30. Retrieved 3 February 2014. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 3" 
  14. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "Suzi Quatro" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Suzi Quatro – Can The Can". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  17. ^ a b (Italian) "I singoli più venduti del 1974". Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Suzi Quatro - Can The Can search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Suzi Quatro – Can The Can" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Suzi Quatro – Can The Can – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Suzi Quatro – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  23. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending FEBRUARY 28, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  24. ^ "Top Singles for 1973". Go-Set. Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  26. ^ (German) "Jahreshitparade 1973". Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  27. ^ (Dutch) "Jaaroverzichten 1973". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  28. ^ (French) "TOP – 1973". Top-france.fr. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  29. ^ (Dutch) "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1973". Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  30. ^ (German) "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1973". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  31. ^ (French) "Les Meilleures Ventes Tout Temps de 45 T. / Singles". InfoDisc. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  32. ^ "British single certifications – Suzi Quatro – Can the Can". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Can the Can in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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Preceded by
"Never Never Never" by Shirley Bassey
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
1 October 1973 – 5 November 1973 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"He Did With Me" by Vicki Lawrence
Australian Go-Set number-one single
13 October 1973 – 10 November 1973 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Angie" by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
"Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" by Demis Roussos
Swiss number-one single
12 September 1973 – 17 October 1973 (6 weeks)
German number-one single
13 August 1973 – 1 October 1973 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Der kleine Prinz (Ein Engel, der Sehnsucht heißt)" by Bernd Clüver
Preceded by
"See My Baby Jive" by Wizzard
UK Singles Chart number-one single
16 June 1973 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Rubber Bullets" by 10cc