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I Can't Stand Still is the debut solo studio album by American musician Don Henley, drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles. It was released on Feb 16, 1982 by Asylum Records. Henley, Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi produced the album. I Can't Stand Still achieved gold status, and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 and at the same position on the UK Albums Chart. Three singles were released from the album, including the hit "Dirty Laundry", which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Henley's best-selling single. The title track "I Can't Stand Still" reached number No. 48 and the controversial track "Johnny Can't Read" reached No. 42 on the charts. The album also showcased Henley's frustration at the time with "Dirty Laundry" in which he displays his disgust with the media and tabloid news and coverage and with "Johnny Can't Read," which shows his displeasure with the educational system of America at that time.

I Can't Stand Still
Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 16, 1982 (1982-02-16)
Recorded1981–1982 at Record One, Los Angeles
Don Henley chronology
I Can't Stand Still
Building the Perfect Beast
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]


Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Mike DeGagne has written of the album, "Henley's first solo album may still have had the ghost of the Eagles lingering in the corners, but for the most part it showcases his stalwart partnership with producer and songwriter Danny Kortchmar." and then added that "Henley's adept combination of lyrical wit and thought-provoking staidness begins to materialize on I Can't Stand Still, paving the way for an extremely accomplished solo career."[3]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Don Henley and Danny Kortchmar, except where noted.

1."I Can't Stand Still"3:33
2."You Better Hang Up" (Danny Kortchmar)3:21
3."Long Way Home"5:28
4."Nobody's Business" (Don Henley, Bob Seger, J.D. Souther)3:43
5."Talking to the Moon" (Henley, Souther)4:39
6."Dirty Laundry"5:36
7."Johnny Can't Read"3:22
8."Them and Us"4:01
9."La Eile" (Traditional)0:52
11."The Unclouded Day" (Josiah K. Alwood, J.F. Kinsey)3:36



  • Producers – Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi.
  • Recorded and Mixed by Greg Ladanyi
  • Additional Engineers – Niko Bolas and Jim Nipar
  • Assistant Engineers – Niko Bolas, Jamie Ledner and Wayne Tanouye.
  • Mastered by Doug Sax and Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction – Paul R. Gurian
  • Photography – Jo Ann Callis
  • Management – Front Line Management


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1982 Pop Albums 24

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Dirty Laundry" Club Play Singles 47
1982 "Dirty Laundry" Mainstream Rock 1
1982 "Johnny Can't Read" Mainstream Rock 29
1982 "Johnny Can't Read" Pop Singles 42
1982 "You Better Hang Up" Mainstream Rock 44
1983 "Dirty Laundry" Pop Singles 3
1983 "I Can't Stand Still" Pop Singles 48


  1. ^ Mike DeGagne. "I Can't Stand Still – Don Henley | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  2. ^ "CG: Don Henley". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  3. ^ Mike DeGagne. "I Can't Stand Still – Don Henley | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-18.