It's All I Can Do

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For the Anne Murray song, see It's All I Can Do (Anne Murray song).
"It's All I Can Do"
Single by The Cars
from the album Candy-O
B-side "Got a Lot on My Head"
Released September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
Format 7"
Genre New wave
Length 3:45
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
The Cars singles chronology
"Let's Go"
"It's All I Can Do"
"Double Life"

"It's All I Can Do" is a song by the American rock band The Cars. It is the third track from their 1979 album Candy-O. It was written by the band's leader and songwriter Ric Ocasek, and features the bassist, Benjamin Orr, on vocals. It was released as a single on September 25, 1979 and it peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Sound and genre[edit]

According to Brett Milano, writer of the Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology album notes "'It's All I Can Do' was an affecting, straight-ahead piece of romantic pop, give or take a line like 'When I was crazy, I thought you were great.'"[2] The bass lines and the G major guitar riffs have a major rock feel, but the song is softened down with Benjamin Orr's vocals and Greg Hawkes keyboard and synth lines.


The B-side of "It's All I Can Do" is "Got a Lot on My Head", another track from Candy-O. In a review of Candy-O, Allmusic reviewer Greg Prato says the band "rocks out on 'Got a Lot on My Head' and 'Night Spots'".[3]


Other appearances[edit]

"It's All I Can Do" was featured in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, and included on the film's second soundtrack, titled Wedding Singer 2.[4]

Electronic rock/new wave revival band The Bravery covered the song in 2005 as the B-side to their single "Fearless". Their cover was later included in Substitution Mass Confusion: A Tribute to The Cars, a 2005 multi-artist collaborative album distributed by Not Lame Recordings.[5]


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