The Rubettes were / are a British ‘glam rock’ band that were initially popular and active in England in the mid-70’s; I love some of their singles – but, then again, I am a big fan of UK 70’s glam / glitter rock!
7″ I CAN DO IT / IF YOU’VE GOT THE TIME POLYDOR US PD 15103
1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
LP RUBETTES (1975) (3rd album) STATE UK ETAT 4
1975 12 TRKS
LP RUBETTES (Collection) STATE / MCA US MCA-2193
1976 12 TRK Collection
LP SIGN OF THE TIMES STATE UK ETAT 6
1976 11 TRKS
7″ SUGAR BABY LOVE / YOU COULD HAVE TOLD ME POLYDOR US PD 15089
1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CD VERY BEST OF SPECTRUM DE 554331.2
1998 21 TRK Collection “70’s recordings)
LP WE CAN DO IT STATE UK ETAT 1
1975 12 TRKS insert
CD WEAR IT’S ‘AT 7T’S UK GLAMCD 104
1974 14 TRKS (’10 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)
LP WEAR IT’S ‘AT POLYDOR UK 2383 306
1974 12 TRKS incl. ‘hat’
Being late to the game, I only have US Rubettes 45’s. 5 or 6 years ago, I got lucky at the Claremont swap meet and obtained the first four original UK Rubettes LP’s! My LP copy of “Wear It’s ‘At” actually still had the ‘hat’ included! And I only recently got a CD of the “Wear It’s ‘At” album; before that, I only had a European “Best Of” CD.
The Rubettes were never all that far from Showaddywaddy or Mud – bands that liked to incorporate reincarnated 50’s rock & roll with the UK glam rock ‘style’ that was so popular in the UK in the mid-70’s. It is truly possible to love singles from all three of these (circa ’74 – ’76) British glam rock artistes!
I believe the story of The Rubettes involves a producer using session musicians to make a single, the single attracted some interest – and a band was needed for a Top Of The Pops appearance – so they asked some of the musicians who actually made the recording! And the rest if UK chart history. I don’t think The Rubettes ever played live in the US – they were busy in England and Europe!
“I Can Do It” is a fast-paced toe-tapper with an unearthly vocal harmony present at times. It just screams “HIT”, to me. The single before it, “Sugar Baby Love” was perhaps a bigger hit in England & Europe – but it’s not nearly as snappy as “I Can Do It” – and the falsetto can be…a bit difficult to digest.
When I started playing the original UK LP’s, I did notice that the musicianship seemed to be of a particularly high order in this band. They’re all still alive and well!