JANUARY JANE, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”
For some people, Daryl Hall & John Oates’ #1 smash “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” would be untouchable as one of their best classics. It’s also my favourite Hall & Oates song, so the fact that I’m writing about the recent cover by NYC’s January Jane is a very, very good thing – as readers of this blog know, I’m not one for cover versions in general. The trio however just crushes it with a straight up pop/rock version with superb guitar work by Mitch Mitchell and a vibrant, on-point and totally different vocal from the original by singer Pat Via. Not to worry, “I Can’t Go For That” still retains some of the soulful elements that made it such a draw back in the day. January Jane appears to have been mainly a live performing act over the past few years, and is rounded out by the bright notes of keyboardist Peter Scialla. They’ve done Hall & Oates justice by making their own mark on “I Can’t Go For That”.