Song of the day: Cheek – "Do You Have A Soul?"

December 19, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered what an Easybeats song would sound like if it was played by AC/DC, then here’s Sydney band Cheek with the answer:

Cheek – “Do You Have A Soul?” (1980)


Because it’s an Easybeats song, and because it’s Australian, it probably won’t surprise you to know who wrote it. Yep, it’s yet another ditty from the free-flowing pens of Vanda and Young. (This may be a slightly rhetorical question, but is there an Australian rock song from the 60’s and 70’s they didn’t write?)

And guess who produced the Cheek track?

Incidentally, there’s something I find odd about the original version. Maybe it’s because it was recorded in 1967, when every single rock band on the planet* was trying to sound like The Beatles circaSgt. Pepper’s, but “Do You Have A Soul” is an Easybeats song that doesn’t sound to me like an Easybeats song – it sounds more like psychedelic-era Who or Rolling Stones than The Easybeats. I find this slightly disorienting because The Easybeats have always had an easily identifiable sound. But it’s understandable I suppose, considering the shameless emulation going on at the time even by the most popular bands that had their own easily identifiable sound – like The ‘Oo and The Stones.

Anyway, enough of my pontificating – here’s the original:

The Easybeats – “Do You Have A Soul” (1967)


Update: Cheek’s version of “Do You Have A Soul?” has turned out to be much more popular than I imagined. (I imagined it wasn’t.) Two other blogs have posts about it: Australian Power Pop 1975~1995; and UK blog PUREPOP.

(*That may be an exaggeration.)