Yes You Can
At Knockaround, we like to think of ourselves as a pretty positive group. You know, “glass half full”, “look at the bright side”, and all that jazz. That’s why it pains us to see so many talented artists listing out all the things they can’t do. They can’t get no satisfaction, they can’t dance, they can’t feel their face, etc… This month’s Knockmix is a tribute to all the “can’t” in the world. We’re hoping we can push back on some of that negativity and maybe change a few minds.
The Rolling Stones with "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine listed this song in the #2 spot on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Mick Jagger’s vocals on the track exude frustration—but why, Mick? You’re singing the second greatest song of all time! You’ve got to feel good about that. Editor’s note: The Rolling Stones have another great “can’t” song called “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
The Marshall Tucker Band with "Can’t You See"
If you’ve ever experienced the post-sunrise glare hitting hard during your morning commute on a Southern California highway then you’ll understand: sometimes you actually can’t see. But, fear not, Knockaround can help. Pick up a pair of polarized Premiums for only $20. Even when that big fiery ball in the sky gets intense, Knockarounds will have you answering Marshall Tucker’s rhetorical question… “Yep, I can.”
Miley Cyrus with "We Can’t Stop"
“We Can’t Stop” came out in 2013 and, damn, what a great year. According to Wikipedia, this song was written and produced by “Mike Will Made It, P-Nasty, and Rock City, with additional songwriting provided by Cyrus, Doug E. Fresh, and Slick Rick.” That group probably could have stopped, but this hit off of the album Bangerz makes us happy that they didn’t.
Genesis with "I Can’t Dance"
OK, we’re calling bulls!@# on this one. Everyone can dance. It’s not hard. Just get out on the dance floor, start bobbing your head, move your arms a little, snap every once in a while, and voila! You’re dancing. There’s nothing more worrisome than that guy at the party sitting on the sidelines while everyone is shimmying and shaking, jukin’ and jivin’. You can dance. Now go dance.
Todd Snider with "I Can’t Complain"
With so many people on this month’s Knockmix talking about all the things they can’t do, we really like the positivity of Todd Snider’s message: even when things seem bad, they’re probably not that bad. “We're all waitin' in the dugout / Thinkin' we should pitch / How you gonna throw a shutout / If all you do is bitch?”
Bonnie Raitt with "I Can’t Make You Love Me"
Hands down, this is one of the saddest and most beautiful songs ever written. As much as we like to look at the bright side here at Knockaround, this track has us holding our heads saying “damn, I think it’s over.” But don’t worry, Bonnie. Next, we’ll give ‘em something to talk about and all will be happy in the world.
The Weeknd with "I Can’t Feel My Face"
You can’t feel your face?! The whole face or just one side?! Because you might be having a stroke. All kidding aside, this is a great track by The Weeknd and we get what he’s saying. Oh, and if someone you love can’t feel their face they might be having a stroke… remember the acronym F.A.S.T.
Sammy Hagar with "I Can’t Drive 55"
Sammy, we disagree. Of course you can drive 55 miles per hour. Just keep that black Ferrari 512BB in third gear and stop trying to pass everything in your way. Oh, and while you’re at it, change out of that completely ridiculous yellow jumpsuit.
Nu Shooz with "I Can’t Wait”
They say that patience is a virtue. Nevertheless, the 80’s two-hit wonders known as Nu Shooz claim that they can’t wait—they need it now. (It’s still unclear what “it” is.) The dog wearing sunglasses at the beginning of the video made this song a shoo-in (or should we say “shooz-in”?) for this month’s Knockmix. #knocksondogs
Elvis Presley with "Can’t Help Falling in Love"
Originally written for the 1961 motion picture, Blue Hawaii, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was one of Elvis’ biggest hits. Later covered by UB40, this is a “can’t” song that we kind of understand… when he’s/she’s the one, he’s/she’s the one. When you know, you know.
BONUS: A Tribe Called Quest with "Can I Kick It?”
We’re just thankful that A Tribe Called Quest didn’t name this song “I Can’t Kick It.” They chose to see the glass half full and answer their own question: yes you can!