Chuck Berry

You Can't Catch Me

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An incredible narrative of a car race (and subsequent police chase), this mini-movie is indeed one of Chuck Berry's greatest lyric accomplishments. The descriptions of cars ("air mobile") and his nemesis ("ole flat top") became catchwords in the rock & roll lingo, and Uncle Chuck indeed invented them. Speaking of the terminology created by Berry, John Lennon utilized the line "here come ole flat top" in the Beatles' classic "Come Together." Berry's publishers sued in the early '70s and Lennon settled by recording a couple of Berry's originals (including "You Can't Catch Me" on his Rock & Roll album). The most interesting cover, however, is probably Stephen Stills' acoustic version, which appeared on his excellent Stephen Stills Live album in 1976.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rock, Rock, Rock 1956
Original Soundtrack
Chess 2:43
After School Session 1957 Chess 2:44
No Image 1976 Chess
The Great Twenty-Eight 1982 Chess 2:44
No Image 1983 Chess
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Good Times
The Chess Box 1988 Chess 2:42
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:38
No Image 1990 Chess 0:00
Stone Rock Blues 1994
Various Artists
The EP Collection 1996 See For Miles Records
His Best, Vol. 1 1997 Chess 2:45
The Anthology 2000 MCA / Chess 2:45
Alan Freed's Rock, Rock, Rock 2003
Various Artists
Crazy 'Bout an Automobile 2004
Various Artists
Ace 2:43
Rock Rock Rock [Expanded] 2004 Chess 2:44
Reelin' and Rockin': The Very Best of Chuck Berry 2006 Universal Distribution / Chess / Universal International 2:44
The Definitive Collection 2006 Geffen / Chess 2:44
Ultimate Chuck Berry 2007 UMVD 2:43
Maybellene [Goldies] 2007 Golden Stars 2:44
The Rock 'N' Roll Explosion: 120 Hits That Rocked the World 2007
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:43
Johnny B. Goode: His Complete '50s Chess Recordings 2007 Hip-o Select 2:44
The Ultimate Collection, Disc 1 2007 Spectrum Music 2:43
The Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones [Snapper] 2008
Various Artists
Snapper 2:44
The Rock 'N' Roll Roadshow 2008
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Uncut Music 2:45
The Roots of John Lennon 2009
Various Artists
Red Snapper Records / Snapper 2:43
Rocks 2011 Bear Family Records 2:43
The London American Label, Year by Year: 1957 2012
Various Artists
Ace / Dark Peak 2:43
Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 7: Northern Songs 2014
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:44
The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 2015 Acrobat Music 2:43
The Singles, Vol. 1 2017 Cayenne Records / Zebralution
20 Greatest Hits Black Tulip
In the 1950s Chrome Dreams 2:44
Still Rollin'
Stone Rock Blues: Original Recordings of Songs Covered by the Rolling Stones
Various Artists
Chess / Geffen / Strategic Marketing 2:44
You Can't Catch Me Snapper 2:44