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Whitesnake...and Flashdance?

I’ve taken to listening to CNN on my morning commute. Especially now since I have no cable or Internet at home because of the major power outage affecting my area, my satellite radio is the only way I can stay on top of political news. The only problem with news on satellite radio is that there are commercials. During the commercials, I flip back to the Boneyard.

Whitesnake get a lot of airtime on the Boneyard. I mean, a lot. This go’ round I found myself listening to “Now You’re Gone.” Something about that song was eerily familiar. Then it dawned on me: the synthesizers are a direct rip from the 1983 film soundtrack to Flashdance. That’s right: Flashdance.

“Now You’re Gone” is on the 1989 Whitesnake album Slip of the Tongue. The singles on this album include the album’s title track, “The Deeper the Love,” a revamp of “Fool For Your Loving,” “Now You’re Gone” and a couple more I can’t place right now.

You remember the movie Flashdance. The woman steel worker who dreamed of a career in dance. She had a lot of blue collar friends with big dreams and they all struggled. So, Flashdance is a movie based on dreams – and music. One of the most famous songs of the early 80s is “Flashdance – What a Feeling” which was written specifically for the film. It has a ton of synthesizers – very 80s. I’m telling you, “Now You’re Gone” has the same synth and the same musical undercurrent as “Flashdance – What a Feeling.” I never made the connection before this morning, but now I am sufficiently freaked out. Could it be that David Coverdale and company actually borrowed from the very famous pop song – or is it just coincidental? The world may never know.


Flashdance - Irene Cara

Reader Comments (5)

it wouldnt suprise - as we all know Mr coverdale has 'borrowed' many influences in the past - never really been a fan myself.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred6ixx
You're not the first to notice...Rolling Stone made mention of it in their review of the album back in 1990.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Oh Well Whitesnake still rocks!
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
what about comparing the beginning Riff in White Lion's 'Wait' and Ratt's 'Back For More.' very similar.
September 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson

Thanks for the validation! I'm not crazy after all.

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

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