I Just Can't Stop It

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I Just Can't Stop It
Studio album by The Beat
Released May 1980
Genre Ska
2 tone
New wave
Length 36:24
Label Go Feet (original UK release)
Sire (original US release)
I.R.S. (US CD reissue)
Edsel (2012 UK CD reissue)
Producer Bob Sargeant
The Beat chronology
I Just Can't Stop It
(1980)
Wha'ppen?
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone (positive)[3]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits 9/10[5]

I Just Can't Stop It is the debut album by UK 2 tone band The Beat. The album was released in 1980 via Go Feet Records in the UK. It was released the same year in the US on I.R.S. Records under the band name "The English Beat".

Well received from the start, critics such as Rolling Stone raved that the music was "wild and threatening, sexy and sharp."[3] And Allmusic later said "[it] was a stunning achievement", which has been undiminished by time.[1]

The song "Mirror in the Bathroom" featured in the film Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and in "RocknRolla" (2008). The song "Hands Off...She's Mine" featured in the film 50 First Dates (2004).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Beat, unless otherwise noted.

LP Vinyl Release[edit]

Side One
  1. "Mirror in the Bathroom" – 3:10
  2. "Hands Off...She's Mine" – 3:01
  3. "Two Swords" – 2:19
  4. "Twist & Crawl" – 2:35
  5. "Rough Rider" (Prince Buster, arranged & adapted by The Beat) – 4:52
  6. "Click Click" – 1:28
Side Two
  1. "Big Shot" – 2:34
  2. "Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret" – 3:51 (Whine and Grine by Prince Buster, Stand Down Margaret by The Beat)
  3. "Noise in This World" – 2:19
  4. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus) – 3:04
  5. "Best Friend" – 3:01
  6. "Jackpot" (George Agard, Sydney Crooks, Jackie Robinson, The Beat) – 4:19

The song "Rough Rider" actually was written by Eddy Grant, Dervan Gordon, Lincoln Gordon and Patrick Gordon and first performed by Prince Buster & The All Stars on audio single "Rough Rider" in 1968.[citation needed]

CD Reissue[edit]

  1. "Mirror in the Bathroom" – 3:10
  2. "Hands Off...She's Mine" – 3:01
  3. "Two Swords" – 2:19
  4. "Twist & Crawl" – 2:35
  5. "Tears of a Clown" ♦ (Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder) – 2:39
  6. "Rough Rider" (Prince Buster, arranged & adapted by The Beat) – 4:52
  7. "Click Click" – 1:28
  8. "Ranking Full Stop" ♦ – 2:44
  9. "Big Shot" – 2:34
  10. "Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret" – 3:51 (Whine and Grine by Prince Buster, Stand Down Margaret by The Beat)
  11. "Noise in This World" – 2:19
  12. "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (Shuman, Pomus) – 3:04
  13. "Best Friend" – 3:01
  14. "Jackpot" (Agard, Crooks, Robinson, The Beat) – 4:19
  • Tracks marked ♦ were not included on the original UK release

Personnel[edit]

The Beat
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard 200 142[6]
1980 UK Album Chart 3[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greene, Jo-Anne. I Just Can't Stop It at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2004.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The English Beat > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Rose, Frank (September 4, 1980). "The English Beat I Just Can't Stop It > Album Review". Rolling Stone (325). Archived from the original on 22 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (2004). "English Beat". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Cranna, Ian. "Albums". Smash Hits (May 29 – June 11, 1980): 30. 
  6. ^ ((( I Just Can't Stop It > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))) at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 January 2010.