I Can't Help It (Bananarama song)

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"I Can't Help It"
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Single by Bananarama
from the album Wow!
Released29 December 1987
Format7" single, 12" single
RecordedJuly 1986
Songwriter(s)Matt Aitken, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Mike Stock, Pete Waterman, Keren Woodward
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Bananarama singles chronology
"Love in the First Degree"
"I Can't Help It"
"I Want You Back"

"I Can't Help It" is a song written and recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It is included on their fourth studio album Wow! and was released as its third single except in the U.S., where it was the album's second single (following "I Heard a Rumour") and Australia, where it was the album's fourth single (after "I Want You Back"). The track was co-written and produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) trio.

The song is a disco-influenced pop tune similar to many hits produced by SAW during this time period

The single peaked at number 20 in the UK singles chart, #27[1] on the Australian ARIA chart (where it was released in August 1988), and #47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A hit in nightclubs, "I Can't Help It" climbed to number seven on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

This is the final Bananarama single to feature Siobhan Fahey, who announced her departure shortly after its release.

The photos on the record sleeve were taken by famous American photographer Herb Ritts. The record sleeves for "I Can't Help It" and "Love In The First Degree" were switched with each other for the UK and North American markets.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song featured muscle men dancing, colourful backdrops, and Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward in a milk bath filled with fruit and naked men. Siobhan Fahey, who was pregnant at the time, also appears but was only shown on camera from the shoulders up. The video was directed by Andy Morahan.[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" single NANA 15
  1. "I Can't Help It" 3:31
  2. "Ecstasy" 4:10
    S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/M. Aitken/P. Waterman
2nd 7" single NAN 15
  1. "I Can't Help It" 3:31
  2. "Ecstasy" (Edit) 2:00
  3. "Love in the First Degree" 3:29
12" single NANX 15
  1. "I Can't Help It" (Extended Club Mix) 8:03
  2. "Ecstasy" (Chicago House Stylee) 5:56
2nd 12" single NANXR 15
  1. "I Can't Help It" (The "Hammond Version" Excursion) 6:24
    Remixed by Pete Hammond
  2. "Ecstasy" (Wild Style) 5:35
    Remixed by Pete Hammond
UK CD single NANCD 15
  1. "I Can't Help It" (Extended Club Mix) 8:03
  2. "Ecstasy" (Chicago House Stylee - Single Version) 4:10
  3. "Mr Sleaze" (Rare Groove Remix) 6:00
US/Canada 12" single 886 212-1 / LDSX243 + Cassette LDSXC243
  1. "I Can't Help It" (Extended Club Mix) 8:03
  2. "I Can't Help It" 3:36
  3. "Mr Sleaze" (Rare Groove Remix) 6:02
    S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/M. Aitken/P. Waterman
  4. "Mr Sleaze" (Instrumental) 4:12
Other versions
  1. "I Can't Help It" (Club Mix Edit)
    Only found in video



Additional Personnel

  • Andrew Biscomb - Sleeve Design
  • Peter Barrett - Sleeve Design
  • Herb Ritts - Photography


Chart (1987–1988) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 27
Belgian Flanders Top 30 13
Dutch Singles chart 30
Spanish Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart[3] 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 47
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 7


  1. ^ a b "australian-charts.com > Bananarama 'I Can't Help It'". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Bananarama - "I can't help it"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ "UK Official Charts". Officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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