As a song, Can the Can doesn't amount to a tin of beans. Lyrically confused and melodically banal, it's nevertheless the glam-fem anthem: a pulsing drum and bass scuffle delivered with a high-pitched screech by a leather-clad Seventies icon. It's by the bubblegum-pop composers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman: “Put your man in the can, honey / Get him while you can / Can the can.”
“We get a lot of criticism from people saying that we're getting money for old rope,” Chinn said at the time. “But it's not easy to write plastic songs.”
Surprisingly, we have the guitarist Jeff Beck to thank for Suzi Quatro's British chart success, and so, ultimately, the plastic Can the Can.
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