ICEHOUSE & Simple Minds cover T. Rex classic 'Get It On' ahead of Australian tour

Publish Date
Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 1:15PM

These two brilliant bands, ICEHOUSE and Simple Minds, have teamed up to pay tribute to their idol Marc Bolan from T. Rex, ahead of their Australian tour next year.

Get It On was released in 1971 on Electric Warrior and was originally written by frontman Marc Bolan. The song was a huge hit, peaking at #1 in England and Ireland, #14 in Australia, and also reaching #3 in Germany and Switzerland, #6 in Norway and #10 in the US.

The song, and T. Rex in general, significantly impacted ICEHOUSE and Simple Minds who have just released a cover of Get It On while adding a rock and roll twist to the end of their version.

Check out the music video above.

ICEHOUSE and Simple Minds first met in 1981 when we shared stages in the UK and Australia on each band’s initial foray into international touring. I’ve been a huge supporter of Simple Minds as songwriters, recording artists and performers ever since,” ICEHOUSE's Iva Davies began in a press release.

“When Jim Kerr suggested we might do a recording together, we found that we were both admirers of David Bowie and Marc Bolan, so doing a version of a song by one of them was a great place to start.

We settled on Get It On because it has the spirit of what the two bands’ live shows in February 2024 will be like after 40+ years since we were first together. It is a call for us to give our best with a bit of a challenge to one another and to the audience to be ready for evenings of joy, singing along with us and lots of enthusiasm!”

Simple Minds' Jim Kerr added, “From the same generation, it was always obvious that Simple Minds and ICEHOUSE shared the exact same influences. For that reason, we were delighted to join Iva and the rest of the guys on their bold arrangement of T. Rex's fabulous Get It On. Looking forward hopefully to playing it live together on the forthcoming Australian tour.”

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