I Can't Stop (Gary Numan song)

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"I Can't Stop"
Gary Numan I Can't Stop 1986 Single Cover.jpg
Single by Gary Numan
from the album Strange Charm
ReleasedJune 1986[1]
Format7", 12"
Length3:23 (7" version)
5:50 (album version)
6:48 (12" version)
Songwriter(s)Gary Numan
Producer(s)Gary Numan, The Waveteam
Gary Numan singles chronology
"This Is Love"
"I Can't Stop"
"New Thing from London Town"

"I Can't Stop" is a song by English musician Gary Numan, released in 1986 as the second single from his eighth studio album Strange Charm. It was written by Numan, and produced by Numan and the Waveteam.[2] "I Can't Stop" reached No. 27 in the UK and remained on the charts for four weeks.[3]

A music video was filmed to promote the single; the nightclub performance footage was shot at Kadek TV (adjoining Shepperton Studios), while the footage of Numan flying his Harvard plane was filmed at Duxford Aerodrome. Speaking to Sound on Sound in 1986, Numan said: "The flying sequences were done with a minicam attached to the engine cowling of the plane and pointing into the cockpit. I had a trigger in one hand to start the camera shooting."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Mark Jenkins of Sound on Sound considered the single to be Numan's "best for a long while".[4] In a retrospective review of Strange Charm, Ned Raggett of AllMusic commented: "...even those cuts that derive all too clearly from the Berserker aesthetic, like "Unknown and Hostile" and "I Can't Stop," come across as more unsettled and unexpected, making Strange Charm an imperfect but still noteworthy success."[2] Speaking of Numan's 1989 live album The Skin Mechanic, Scott Kahn of MusicPlayers.com wrote in 2006: "Tracks like "I Can't Stop" and "New Anger" really came to life with Numan's live band compared to the studio tracks that were marred by rigid and heavily quantized drum beats."[5]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Can't Stop" - 3:23
  2. "Faces" - 4:42
12" single
  1. "I Can't Stop (Extended Mix)" - 6:48
  2. "Faces" - 4:42
12" single (picture disc)
  1. "I Can't Stop (Picture Mix)" - 5:50
  2. "Faces" - 4:42
12" single (UK promo)
  1. "I Can't Stop (Special Club Mix)" - 6:32

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 27


  • Gary Numan - vocals, keyboards, instrumentation
  • Mark Railton - guitar
  • Mike Smith - keyboards
  • Linda Taylor, Rrussell Bell - backing vocals
  • Gary Numan - producer
  • The Waveteam - producers
  • Tim Summerhayes - engineer
  • Arun Chakraverty - mastering
  • Francis Drake - artwork


  1. ^ "The Sound Of The Crowd - a Discography of the '80s (Third Edition) - Steve Binnie - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  2. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett. "Strange Charm - Gary Numan | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  3. ^ a b "Gary Numan | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  4. ^ a b "Just Can't Stop (SOS Aug 86)". Muzines.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  5. ^ Scott Kahn. "Gary Numan: Conversation –". Musicplayers.com. Retrieved 2018-10-13.

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