Musical coincidences # 69

I must admit that this coincidence stuns me. It involves an obscure 1974 song by English rock institution Status Quo and the 1976 Australian rock anthem “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” by Australian rock institution The Angels. (Yep, they’re Australian.)

Incidentally (warning: self-promotion alert), “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” was Song of the day some time back.

I had no idea about the ‘coincidence’ until regular visitor David of Williamstown (Hi, David!) told me this:

I found it via the excellent book Blood, Sweat and Beers: Oz Rock from the Aztecs to Rose Tattoo by Murray Engleheart. He said that back in the 70’s, an Adelaide DJ had suggested the ‘new’ Angels song “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” sounded a bit similar to a Status Quo B-Side called “Lonely Night”.

I’m extremely grateful to David (thanks, David!) for pointing me in the direction of those two songs.

I’m very familiar with The Angels’ song – as are most Australian rock fans – but had never heard the earlier Status Quo track (it was the B-side of the 1974 single “Break The Rules”), so when I listened to the Quo song…

Well, this is what I said to David:

I am completely and utterly gobsmacked, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, incredulous etc.

When the singing started, my jaw dropped. (And I don’t mean that as a phrase people like to use. It actually dropped.) When the chorus came on, my jaw dropped even more.

I sat there listening to the Quo song, finding it hard to believe what I was actually listening to, and thinking to myself “That’s grounds for plagiarism right there.” About half-way through the song I finally said something out loud. I quietly uttered the word “Wow”. (In this case, “wow” doesn’t mean “great”. It means “This is the second-most blatant musical rip-off I have ever heard.” It also means “I can’t believe no-one has sued The Angels yet.”)

And now to the songs:

The Angels – “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” (1976)

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And from two years earlier:

Status Quo – “Lonely Night” (1974)

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I’m stunned.

9 Responses to Musical coincidences # 69

  1. Mr Tanner says:

    Just found this great blog. Mate, I too am dumbfounded. I am amazed that someone from Quo like Alan Lancaster who now lives in Oz hadn't heard the Angels song and thought, Hmmmm, that sounds familiar!!!.
    Thanks for the heads up.Gunna play it to my mates as well.

    Thanks again

  2. Peter says:

    Mr Tanner, I'm with you 100 percent. (And, if it was possible, a little more as well.) I'm usually perfectly willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, but in this case I think there's very little doubt indeed.

    Thanks for finding the blog, Mr T. I hope your time here is a pleasant one. Enjoy!

  3. Deutros says:

    Yes Peter a bit hard to give the benefit of the doubt on this one the only thing I can say in the Angels defence is the lyrics do improve the song.

  4. Peter says:

    Yes indeedy, Deutros. Any song that mentions Renoir is alright by me.

  5. skids says:

    No Way Get F%#ked Ripped off!!

  6. Peter says:

    Indubitably, skids.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yup, the Quo got ripped off! The melody of the Angels song is exactly the same! Sue them!

  8. tim rose says:

    I heard the Quo song years ago when I bought the Piledriver CD, which included 'Lonely Night' as a bonus at the end. Same reaction you all had. I emailed the Quo fan club. Somebody replied that every now and then they hear the same story from Aus, and that there is a rumour that the publishers came to some sort of agreement re royalties. I keep googling every now and then [hence finding your comments] to see if there's any news re this.
    Tim Rose.

  9. Peter says:

    Hey, Tim: I would love to hear it straight from the Quo chaps themselves regarding that shameless skullduggery by The Angels.

    Unfortunately, all I've been able to find is this from a YouTube commenter:

    “Quo actually launched legal action against The Angels for breach of copyright. They settled out of Court.”

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