Let's Go

Album: Candy-O (1979)
Charted: 51 14

Songfacts®:

  • The Cars scored on the charts yet again, this time with a single about a beautiful, free-spirited girl who likes the night life. The singer tries to get a date with her, but she turns him down every time. It was the first single from the group's second album, Candy-O, and like their first album, was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who did a lot of work with Queen. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Cars guitarist Ric Ocasek wrote this song, but their bass player Benjamin Orr sang lead. When he wrote, Ocasek usually took on different personalities, this one a guy who gets let around by the nose by a wild woman. These personas were usually based on character traits he observed from the people around him - rarely were they personal.

Comments: 6

  • Randy from Battle Creek, MiI heard that Roy Thomas Baker recorded this entire album through car stereo speakers to ensure that The Cars would sound good in cars.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 24th 1979, "Let's Go" by the Cars entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and on September 2nd, 1979 it peaked at #14 (for 2 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 in Canada and #6 in Australia...
    Between 1978 and 1988 the Boston-based quintet had eighteen Top 100 records; four made the Top 10 with "Drive" being their biggest hit, it peaked at #3 on September 23rd, 1984, was at #3 for 3 weeks.
  • Pat from St. Paul, MnThe girl "likes the night life, BABY!"
  • Bob from Kingwood, TxThe clapping riff heard in the chorus is a musical nod to a 1962 instrumental by the Routers, also titled, "Let's Go."
  • Don from B G, KyThe Cars performed this song on the tv show THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL in 1979. The CANDY-O albumn had 3 Billboard hit songs.
  • Mick from Echuca, AustraliaI love the vid for this - Ben Orr is such a cue-tay and the drummer is a hottie too. They are/were a great band, as they were then.
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