August 31, 2012
The other day I was sitting on a bench in a shopping mall waiting for my charming companion (Hi, Renate!) to come back from whatever shopping she was doing, and as I sat there I heard an old, old disco song being piped through the shopping mall’s multitude of little speakers they have nestled in their ceilings.
The song was Maxine Nightingale‘s “Gotta Be The One”, and I hadn’t heard it in ages. (Not since The Disco Boom of ’76.)
There was a bit in the song where Maxine sings “gotta be the one”…
Maxine Nightingale – “Gotta Be The One” (1976) (excerpt)
…and it instantly reminded me of a bit of an Australian song from four years later:
Flowers – “Sister” (1980) (excerpt)
Here are the full versions:
Maxine Nightingale – “Gotta Be The One” (1976)
Flowers – “Sister” (1980)
September 1, 2011
This song still manages to send shivers up my spine whenever I listen to it:
(Suggestion: if you have a subwoofer, turn it UP)
Flowers – “Icehouse“ (1980)
Update: I’ve received a message from my friend Stonefish (Hi, Stoner!) that the MP3 of the song was misbehaving in a major way. I’ve replaced it with a shiny new one (see above), but if it gives you grief then try the embedded version below. Either way, I’m keen for you to hear the song.
Update 2 (23 February 2013:) Unfortunately, I received a message from Blogger that didn’t take too kindly to me posting “Icehouse” on this blog. I’ve had to remove the MP3. I still want you to hear the song, so instead of an MP3 I’ll present you with a video of it that was posted on YouTube and doesn’t appear to bother anyone:
April 23, 2010
Sometimes a band can confuse the billy-o out of you. Here’s a song called “We Can Get Together” – I’ll get to the band name shortly:
Flowers – “We Can Get Together“ (1980)
Flowers formed in 1977, and in 1980 released an album called Icehouse. Shortly after releasing that album and two singles from it (“Can’t Help Myself” and “We Can Get Together“), Flowers changed their name to Icehouse and then let everyone know that the album Icehouse by Flowers was now Flowers by Icehouse.
Why? Did someone in the band (or someone from the record company) think “Nah, I don’t like the name Flowers anymore. What’s the name of the album? Icehouse? Yeah, let’s call the band Icehouse instead!”?
Now, I don’t know how the general public responds to these sorts of shenanigans, but this is the kind of activity that raises the ire of rock historians (and people who have blogs and write about bands like Flowers).
Anyway, I bought Icehouse when it was first released way back in the days of vinyl (in 1980), and loved it (in 1980), especially the moody title track.
Cue one bonus song…
Flowers – “Icehouse” (1980)