Go All the Way (song)

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"Go All the Way"
Go All the Way - Raspberries.jpg
Single by Raspberries
from the album Raspberries
B-side "With You in My Life"
Released July 1972
Genre Power pop[1][2][3]
Length 3:10
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Eric Carmen
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner
Raspberries singles chronology
"Don't Want to Say Goodbye"
"Go All the Way"
"I Wanna Be With You"
"Don't Want to Say Goodbye"
"Go All the Way"
"I Wanna Be With You"
Music video
"Go All the Way" (1974 TV show performance) on YouTube

"Go All the Way" is a single by American pop-rock group Raspberries, released in July 1972 and written by band leader Eric Carmen. The song reached the Top 5 on three principal US charts, number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100,[4] number 4 on Cashbox[5] and number 3 on Record World. The single sold more than 1.3 million copies, earning the band their only certified Gold Record.[6] It was their second single release, their all-time biggest US hit, and appeared on their debut LP, Raspberries.

Because of its sexually suggestive lyrics, considered risqué for the day, the song was banned by the BBC.[7][8]

The tune ranked at number 33 on Billboard's Top 100 Singles of 1972 year-end list (number 39 on Cashbox's year-end best-sellers countdown). In 1989, Spin magazine named "Go All the Way" in its list of the "100 Greatest Singles of All Time", ranking it at number 91.[9] "Go All the Way" appeared in Blender magazine's July 2006 issue as one of its "Greatest Songs Ever".

Use in media[edit]

"Go All the Way" has been featured in three movies. Director Cameron Crowe, a Raspberries fan, used the song in his 2000 film Almost Famous. The Killers recorded another version of the song for the 2012 film Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the 1966–1971 TV series Dark Shadows.[10][11] The song briefly appears in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.

In interviews with hard rock/metal personality Eddie Trunk, he states that this song sparked his interest in music due mainly to the distorted guitar riffs.[12][13]

"Go All the Way" was included on the Raspberries Pop Art Live CD set from their reunion concert recording, November 26, 2004, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, released August 18, 2017.[14]

Chart performance[edit]

Later versions[edit]

"Go All the Way" was recorded by the American melodic rock band From the Fire.

Matthew Sweet and Bangles member Susanna Hoffs included a faithful rendition of the song in their 2009 collaboration Under the Covers, Vol. 2.


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  13. ^ Staff, Goldmine (September 18, 2011). "10 Albums that changed Eddie Trunk's life". Goldminemag.com/. Goldmine. "Go All The Way" was the first time I ever heard distorted electric guitar and power chords. I was a kid in my parents' back seat, and it came through the AM radio, and my hair stood up. Raspberries were the first real rock I ever heard, and I was consumed instantly 
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