Song of the day: Status Quo – "I Didn’t Mean It"

July 16, 2012

A long, long, long, long time ago (1994) I was watching an episode of Video Hits, an Australian television program featuring both the hits of the day (well, the ones that had videos) and “predictions” (i.e., the videos record companies hope the TV program will play and help make them hits).

One of the hit predictions on that day was Status Quo‘s “I Didn’t Mean It“. While I was watching and listening to it I had two thoughts…

1. I didn’t know Status Quo were still making records; and

2. I thought the song hopelessly out of step with the times because it was full of cheery tunes, and didn’t sound anything like either of the two predominant musical trends of the day:

    a) mopey, moaning, self-loathing grunge; and
    b) R&B*

Anyway, I liked that Status Quo song – no matter how destined it was for anonymity. (It was a Status Quo song released in 1994.)

Status Quo – “I Didn’t Mean It (1994)

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(*For me, the term R&B as it is applied nowadays – or even in 1994 – is wildly inaccurate. I’d always thought that “R&B” stood for “Rhythm and Blues”, and had at least a modicum of melody to go with the rhythm. But with all the rap stuff claiming to be “R&B”, I can hear plenty of rhythm but no singin, just a lot of speaking over a beat. As a result, I’d prefer to call it R&T: Rhythm and Talking.)

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Musical coincidences # 69

January 23, 2011

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.