Musical coincidences # 76

February 9, 2011

Icehouse were a huge deal here in Australian in the 80’s as their singles and albums were all over the charts in that decade. Their 1981 single “Love in Motion” was no exception – it ended up in the Top 10 (at number 10).

Here’s the start of the chorus of “Love In Motion” (1981):


And here’s the start of the chorus of David Essex‘s “Rock On” (1973):


My question to anyone who wants to answer it is this: how come nobody noticed that similarity in 1981? I thought at least somebody would have spotted it. (It is noticeable.)

Here are the full versions:

Icehouse – “Love in Motion (1981)


David Essex – “Rock On (1973)


Song of the day: Flowers – "We Can Get Together"

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)