Song #69 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Get it On (Bang a Gong)”, originally by T.Rex and covered by Power Station. Here’s the original:
That’s a song you’re probably quite familiar with if you’ve been anywhere near a classic rock station in the last 25 years or so. I have no idea what he’s singing outside of the refrain, but what the heck. It’s catchy as all get out and I always enjoy hearing it. Here’s the Power Station version:
Power Station was the love child of Robert Palmer and Duran Duran, which should tell you everything you need to know about this. This tune and their other hit, “Some Like It Hot”, were all over the radio back in the day. There was an extended remix of one or the other that got some airplay, too. Unlike the original, which is probably playing on some classic rock station now, I can’t say I’ve heard Power Station over the air since the 80s. Even when I was primarily listening to the 80s format station The Point before they were overtaken by suckage, I can’t ever recall hearing them. I’m not sure if that says more about how poorly the all-80s format at The Point was executed or the ephemeral nature of most pop music. Either way, I kind of miss hearing Power Station.