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Models Announce '40 Years Of Motion' Australian Tour

15 August 2023 | 10:33 am | Mary Varvaris

'I Hear Motion' was Models' first Top 40 hit in Australia.


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Models are heading for the road this October and November to celebrate their breakthrough hit, I Hear Motion, turning 40.

Hitting Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge on Friday, 6 October, the Models will return to a beloved ‘80s and ‘90s venue, The Espy, on Thursday, 12 October. From there, the trio go to Sydney’s Paddington RSL, the Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast, Brisbane’s The Zoo, and The Gov in Adelaide.

The tour continues in early November, with the band playing a trio of Victorian shows, including at the Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury, Geelong’s Barwon Club Hotel and the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine. You can find all the tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now via the Models website.

I Hear Motion was the first single from Models’ third album, The Pleasure Of Your Company, released in 1983. The track peaked at #16 on the Kent (pre-ARIA) Music Report for two weeks, but on Melbourne’s 3XY Chart, it landed at #12.

Soon after I Hear Motion gave Models chart success, they had the opportunity to open for David Bowie, landed on the US Top 40 and were subsequently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Life-changing is an understatement.

I Hear Motion began as Andrew Duffield’s attempt to play Stevie Wonder’s Superstition on the keyboard and turned into an instrumental piece called Gag Bag before morphing into the song we’ve known and loved since 1983.

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Models’ late James Freud said that the song “instantly had the special magic you look for in a song,” per a press release.

He continued, “Andrew is a genius. He brings this real twist to the music. He’ll come up with an idea and go, ‘That’s the obvious thing to play here.’ Then he’ll wrack his brain trying to find something that’s completely the opposite.”

Models’ Sean Kelly described I Hear Motion as “Essentially, the song is about hopes, dreams and opportunity”. Couldn’t be more right.


40 Years of Motion Tour


Friday 6    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, Vic

Thursday 12      Espy Basement, St Kilda, Vic

Friday 13  Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW

Friday 20  Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday 21      The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 27  The Gov, Adelaide, SA


Friday 3    The Croxton Bandroom, Thornbury, Vic

Saturday 11      Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, Vic

Saturday 18      Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Vic