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)
And from two years earlier:
Status Quo – “Lonely Night” (1974)