Get It On ~ Icehouse + Simple Minds

Rebecca Varidel
29th Nov 2023

Two enduring and iconic international bands, ICEHOUSE (Australia) and Simple Minds (Scotland), have come together to celebrate their upcoming Australian tour with a song that influenced them both, the call to action Get It On.

Get It On was written by Marc Bolan in 1971 then recorded and released that year by his band, T. Rex. The song went on to become a smash hit in many countries including the UK and Australia where it made a big impact on members of both bands.

ICEHOUSE’s Iva Davies, said “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.

“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!”

Jim Kerr from Simple Minds 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 fabulous ' Get It On.' Looking forward hopefully to playing it live together on the forthcoming Australian tour.”

Simple Minds and ICEHOUSE first toured together in the UK and Australia in 1981, setting the scene for both bands' forays into global markets and cementing enduring mutual respect and a long friendship.
Now, over 40 years later, they join forces again to tour Australia in February playing Mornington, Rochford Winery, Sandstone and Kings Park as part of the Red Hot Summer Tour.

Get It On was released on Monday through Universal Music Australia and is available from here.

While the lads shows are interstate (and selling out fast) and both announced dates for Simple Minds 2024 have sold out in Sydney, here's an ICEHOUSE Sydney gig to get along to soon.

Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney