Can the Can

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"Can the Can"
Suzie Quatro - Can the Can.jpg
The single cover of "Can The Can"
Single by Suzi Quatro
B-side"Ain't Ya Something Honey"
LabelRAK Records
Songwriter(s) (A-side)
Suzi Quatro (B-side)
Producer(s) (A-side)
Mickie Most (B-side)
Suzi Quatro singles chronology
"Rolling Stone"
"Can the Can"
"48 Crash"
Audio sample

"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 this time it failed to 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.[6][7][8]


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 the all-female band The Pleasure Seekers.[9] Her first solo single, "Rolling Stone," was recorded with session players. "Rolling Stone" only achieved popularity in Portugal, where it went to number one.[10]

For "Can the Can," Quatro had organized her own band, which had toured the United Kingdom as the warm-up act for Slade and Thin Lizzy, and they had new songwriters/producers Michael Donald "Mike" Chapman and Nicholas Barry "Nicky" Chinn.[10]

The song "Can the Can" was written, composed, and produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.[10][11] 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 phrase "can the can" means "... 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."[12]

The song "Ain't Ya Something Honey," with which "Can the Can" was backed, was written and composed by Quatro and produced by Mickie Most.[10][11]


Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2005 Bruce Pollock United States "The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000"[13] Unordered
Toby Creswell Australia "1001 Songs"[13]
2009 Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé France "3000 Rock Classics"[13]


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

Chart performance[edit]

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