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For the title track, see Candy-O (song).
Studio album by The Cars
Released June 13, 1979 (1979-06-13)
Recorded 1979 at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 36:25
Label Elektra
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars chronology
The Cars
Singles from Candy-O
  1. "Let's Go"
    Released: June 12, 1979 (1979-06-12)
  2. "It's All I Can Do"
    Released: September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
  3. "Double Life"
    Released: December 11, 1979 (1979-12-11)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Smash Hits 8/10[3]

Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band The Cars. It was released in 1979 on Elektra Records.

Cover art[edit]

The album cover was painted by artist Alberto Vargas, who was known for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Esquire and Playboy magazines in the 1940s and 1960s. The idea to hire Vargas came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of The Cars. The painting, depicting a woman sprawled across the hood of a car, was based on a photo shoot directed by Robinson at a Ferrari dealership. The model, coincidentally named Candy Moore (famous for having played Lucille Ball's onscreen daughter on The Lucy Show), briefly dated Robinson afterward.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ric Ocasek

Side one
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "Let's Go"   Benjamin Orr 3:33
2. "Since I Held You"   Ocasek/Orr 3:16
3. "It's All I Can Do"   Orr 3:44
4. "Double Life"   Ocasek 4:14
5. "Shoo Be Doo"   Ocasek 1:36
6. "Candy-O"   Orr 2:36
Side two
No. Title Vocals Length
7. "Night Spots"   Ocasek 3:15
8. "You Can't Hold on Too Long"   Orr 2:46
9. "Lust for Kicks"   Ocasek 3:52
10. "Got a Lot on My Head"   Ocasek 2:59
11. "Dangerous Type"   Ocasek 4:28



  • Arranged by The Cars
  • Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
  • Recorded & Engineered by Geoff Workman; assistant engineer: George Tutko
  • Mastered by George Marino

Packaging personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Albertson – photography
  • Ron Coro, Johnny Lee – art direction and design
  • David Robinson – cover concept
  • Alberto Vargas – cover painting



Year Chart Peak
1979 Billboard 200 3
1979 RPM Canada 4
1984 Billboard 200 179


Year Title Chart Peak
1979 "Let's Go" Billboard Hot 100 14
1979 "It's All I Can Do" Billboard Hot 100 41


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold July 24, 1979
RIAA – U.S. Platinum August 6, 1979
RIAA – U.S. Triple Platinum April 5, 1995
RIAA – U.S. 4X Platinum December 15, 2001

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 12–25 1979): 25. 
  4. ^ Miles, Barry. Scott, Grant. Morgan, Johnny. The Greatest Album Covers of All Time (2005): 96