I Can't Stand Still

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I Can't Stand Still
Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still.jpg
Studio album by Don Henley
Released August 16, 1982 (1982-08-16)
Recorded 1981–1982 at Record One, Los Angeles
Length 42:20
Label Asylum (Original Issue)
Warner Bros. (2000 Reissue)
Producer Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi
Don Henley chronology
I Can't Stand Still
Building the Perfect Beast
(1984)Building the Perfect Beast1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]

I Can't Stand Still is the debut solo studio album by Don Henley, drummer and a lead vocalist for the Eagles. The album was released in 1982 originally on Asylum Records, and then re-released in 2000 by Warner Bros. Records. The album achieved gold status, and went on to #24 on in the US charts. The album also featured three singles, including the huge hit "Dirty Laundry," which reached #3 on the charts and became Henley's biggest hit single. The title track "I Can't Stand Still" reached number #48 and the controversial track "Johnny Can't Read" reached #42 on the charts. The album also showcased Henley's frustration at the time with "Dirty Laundry" in which he displays his disgust with the media and tabloid news and coverage and with "Johnny Can't Read," which shows his displeasure with the educational system of America at that time.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Mike DeGagne has written of the album, "Henley's first solo album may still have had the ghost of the Eagles lingering in the corners, but for the most part it showcases his stalwart partnership with producer and songwriter Danny Kortchmar." and then added that "Henley's adept combination of lyrical wit and thought-provoking staidness begins to materialize on I Can't Stand Still, paving the way for an extremely accomplished solo career."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Don Henley and Danny Kortchmar, except where noted.

1."I Can't Stand Still"3:33
2."You Better Hang Up" (Danny Kortchmar)3:21
3."Long Way Home"5:28
4."Nobody's Business" (Don Henley, Bob Seger, J.D. Souther)3:43
5."Talking to the Moon" (Henley, Souther)4:39
6."Dirty Laundry"5:36
7."Johnny Can't Read"3:22
8."Them and Us"4:01
9."La Eile" (Traditional)0:52
11."The Unclouded Day" (Josiah K. Alwood, J.F. Kinsey)3:36



  • Producers: Don Henley, Greg Ladanyi
  • Engineer, Mixing: Greg Ladanyi


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1982 Pop Albums 24

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Dirty Laundry" Club Play Singles 47
1982 "Dirty Laundry" Mainstream Rock 1
1982 "Johnny Can't Read" Mainstream Rock 29
1982 "Johnny Can't Read" Pop Singles 42
1982 "You Better Hang Up" Mainstream Rock 44
1983 "Dirty Laundry" Pop Singles 3
1983 "I Can't Stand Still" Pop Singles 48


  1. ^ Mike DeGagne. "I Can't Stand Still – Don Henley | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ "CG: Don Henley". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ Mike DeGagne. "I Can't Stand Still – Don Henley | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-18.