|Studio album by The Cars|
|Released||June 13, 1979|
|Recorded||1979 at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles|
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
|Producer||Roy Thomas Baker|
|The Cars chronology|
|Singles from Candy-O|
Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band The Cars. It was released in 1979 on Elektra Records. Featuring the Top 20 hit "Let's Go" and the minor hit "It's All I Can Do", the album surpassed the commercial success of its predecessor, charting 15 places better on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured a notable album cover by pin-up artist Alberto Vargas.
Most of the songs on Candy-O were written after the release of The Cars, meaning that most of the leftovers from the first album (including the popular encore "Take What You Want") were scrapped; "Night Spots", a reject from the first album, was still included.
Released as the follow-up to their 1978 hit album The Cars, Candy-O peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album re-entered the charts at #179 in 1984. The record was also ranked number 82 on Billboard's "Top Albums of the Year" chart for 1979.
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.
|Rolling Stone||(not rated)|
Candy-O has received positive reception from critics. AllMusic critic Greg Prato said that "while the album was not as stellar as its predecessor [The Cars] was, it did contain several classics, resulting in another smash album that solidified the band's standing as one of the most promising new bands of the late '70s." Music critic Robert Christgau said in his review that the album was "cold and thin, shiny and hypnotic, it's what they do best--rock and roll that is definitely pop without a hint of cuteness," giving it a B+ rating.
Rolling Stone critic Tom Carson said, "It's almost inevitable that Candy-O, the Cars' second album, doesn't seem nearly as exciting as their first. The element of surprise is gone, and the band hasn't been able to come up with anything new to replace it. Candy-O is an elaborately constructed, lively, entertaining LP that's packed with good things. And it's got a wonderful title. But it's a little too disciplined, a shade too predictable." Hamish Champ, writer of The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s, said "With UK producer Roy Thomas Baker once again behind the decks, Ric Ocasek and his colleagues produced a follow-up to their hugely successful debut with more of the same quirky, offbeat songs that had caused such a stir the first time around."
All songs written and composed by Ric Ocasek.
|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|
|5.||"Shoo Be Doo"||Ocasek||1:36|
|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|
- Ric Ocasek – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
- Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Greg Hawkes – percussion, keyboards, tenor saxophone, backing vocals
- Benjamin Orr – bass guitar, lead vocals
- David Robinson – drums, percussion
- Arranged by The Cars
- Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
- Recorded & Engineered by Geoff Workman; assistant engineer: George Tutko
- Mastered by George Marino
- Jeff Albertson – photography
- Ron Coro, Johnny Lee – art direction and design
- David Robinson – cover concept
- Alberto Vargas – cover painting
|1979||"Let's Go"||Billboard Hot 100||14|
|1979||"It's All I Can Do"||Billboard Hot 100||41|
|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|
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