Go All the Way (song)

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This article is about the Raspberries song. For the Isley Brothers song, see Go All the Way (The Isley Brothers album).
"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
Writer(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"

"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 and earned the band their first Gold Record Award. 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[citation needed].

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.[6] "Go All the Way" appeared in Blender magazine's July 2006 issue as one of its "Greatest Songs Ever".

"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. Matthew Sweet and Bangles member Susanna Hoffs included a faithful rendition of the song in their 2009 collaboration Under the Covers, Vol. 2. The Killers recorded a cover of the song for the 2012 film Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the 1966–1971 TV series Dark Shadows.[7][8] 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.[9][10]

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  6. ^ SPIN. Books.google.co.uk. p. 51. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Marc (May 14, 2012). "Hear the Killers Cover the Raspberries' 'Go All the Way'". SPIN. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bain, Becky (May 11, 2012). "The Killers Cover The Raspberries' "Go All The Way" For Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'". Idolator.com. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Toney, Michael (2012). Tales from the Stage, Volume 1. Lulu. p. 73. ISBN 978-1105726569. 
  10. ^ Staff, Goldmine (September 18, 2011). "10 Albums that changed Eddie Trunk's life". Goldminemag.com/. Goldmine (magazine). "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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