Can't Help Myself (Flowers song)

"Can't Help Myself" is the first single released by the Australian synthpop/rock band Flowers, later known as Icehouse.[1][2] It was released in May 1980 as a 7" vinyl single on independent label, Regular Records, five months ahead of debut album Icehouse. A 10" vinyl single was released in July and had a cover depicting individual images of band members diagonally across the band's name and the single's title (see infobox at right middle). It peaked at #10 on the Australian Singles Charts.[3]

"Can't Help Myself"
Vinyl single label with word Regular Records written at top. Single title, Can't Help Myself is written across lower half followed by songwriting credit, Iva Davies. Bottom has artist name, Flowers, followed with Produced by Cameron Allan.
"Can't Help Myself" by Flowers
Single by Flowers
from the album Icehouse
B-side"Send Somebody"
Released13 May 1980 (1980-05-13)
GenreSynthpop, new wave
LabelRegular Records
Chrysalis Records
Songwriter(s)Iva Davies
Producer(s)Cameron Allan, Iva Davies
Flowers singles chronology
"Can't Help Myself"
"We Can Get Together"
Music video
"Can't Help Myself" on YouTube
"Can't Help Myself" by Flowers
Alternative cover
Band name, Flowers, at top, four men are shown diagonally across the middle, with title, Can't Help Myself, at bottom.
10" version (July 1980)
"Can't Help Myself" by Icehouse
Alternative cover
Single title across top, followed by five separated photos of band members diagonally down to right. Band name, Icehouse, displayed step-wise at bottom left.
Chrysalis Records (US / UK 1981 release)

The music video was filmed in 1980 in a car park in Chatswood, Sydney.[4]

It was also released in the UK on Chrysalis Records in October 1981 as the second single under the band name Icehouse (see infobox at right below) as both a 7" and 10" vinyl single and later in the U.S. as a 7" and 12" single.[5] A remix version by Australian Trance DJ, beXta, was released on the Icehouse album Meltdown in 2002.[6]

In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Can't Help Myself" was ranked number 85.[7]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Iva Davies (as Ivor Arthur Davies) unless otherwise indicated.[8][9][10]

7" single (Australian release)Edit

  1. "Can't Help Myself" - 3:10
  2. "Send Somebody" (Iva Davies, Michael Hoste)[9] - 3:42

10" single (Australian release)Edit

  1. "Can't Help Myself"
  2. "Send Somebody" (Davies, Hoste)
  3. "Can't Help Myself" (Extended version)

7" single (UK release)Edit

  1. "Can't Help Myself" (Club Mix 1) - 3:27
  2. "Fatman"[10] - 3:50

12" single (UK release)Edit

  1. "Can't Help Myself" (Club Mix 1)
  2. "Can't Help Myself" (Club Mix 2)
  3. "Fatman"

12" single (US release)Edit

  1. "Can't Help Myself" (Version 1) - 5:56
  2. "Can't Help Myself" (Version 2) - 5:56



Flowers members
Recording details
  • Engineer: John Bee, David Cafe, Gerry Nixon
  • Producer: Cameron Allan, Iva Davies
  • Studios: Studio 301 except "Can't Help Myself" and "Send Somebody", recorded at Paradise Studios.
  • Re-mix — Ed Thacker, Daniel Coulombe
  • Mastering: David Hemming, Rick O'Neil


  1. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Icehouse'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on May 17, 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  2. ^ Magnus Holmgren (ed.). "Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Archived from the original on 5 December 1998. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  4. ^ "IVA DAVIES & ICEHOUSE - 1994 Mum & Dad Davies Interview". Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  5. ^ "Can't Help Myself". Connolly & Company. 2004. Retrieved 29 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Meltdown > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  7. ^ "Here Are The Songs That Made Triple M's 'Ozzest 100'". Musicfeeds. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ ""Can't Help Myself" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  9. ^ a b ""Send Somebody" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  10. ^ a b ""Fatman" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  11. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.

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