Can't Get Enough

Album: Bad Company (1974)
Charted: 15 5
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Songfacts®:

  • "Can't Get Enough" was both the first and the highest-charting single released by Bad Company. It still receives heavy airplay today on Classic Rock radio. Bad Company would go on to rack up nine Billboard Top 40 singles from 1974 until 1992.

    The album Bad Company, their debut, hit #1 on Billboard's Albums chart and sold five million copies.
  • This song is a good taste of the original lineup of Bad Company, one of the earliest and longest-lived supergroups. It combined singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from the band Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from the band Mott the Hoople, and bassist Boz Burrell from King Crimson (squeeee! go the progressive rock fans!). Not to mention sharing a manager, Peter Grant, with Led Zeppelin.

    "Can't Get Enough" was written by Ralphs when he was still with Mott the Hoople, but the band (or their record label) rejected it. When he joined Bad Company, they were happy to record the song. Ralphs also brought "Movin' On" with him, which became the group's next single, as well as "Ready For Love," which he originally recorded with Mott, but re-did with Bad Co.
  • This song was recorded in the famous Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio (oft-abbreviated LMS), one of the first studios-on-wheels. Lane leased it out to artists to record such illustrious albums as The Who's Quadrophenia and Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. Ron Nevison, who helped build the studio, was the engineer on the Bad Company album.

    The mobile unit was parked outside of the Headley Grange mansion, which served as the studio. Headley Grange is where Led Zeppelin wrote and recorded many of their songs.
  • As the first track on the first Bad Company album, and also the first single released by the group, this song introduced them with the sound of drummer Simon Kirke counting in and blasting two beats to start things off. This open came about for practical reasons. In his 2017 Songfacts interview, Kirke explained: "We were scattered all over this country house. Bad Company were doing their first album and I believe it was one of the first songs that we did. I was in the basement, Boz [Burrell] the bass player was in the boiler room, Mick Ralphs and Paul Rodgers were up in the main living room where the guitar amps were. So, in order to get their attention, because we couldn't see each other, I did the count: '1, 2... 1, 2, 3...' and then I did this 'guh-brah' to get everyone's attention. And that's how we kicked it off. It was born out of necessity."
  • The single was cut down to 3:28 to make it more radio friendly than the 4:16 album version. The edit excises the count-in and much of the outro.
  • This visited the Top 20 of the Hot 100 the same time as Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe." There was little confusion between the two songs.

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