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I've slowly been developing a liking to Icehouse this year, I've got Flowers, Primitive Man and Man Of Colours, but I'm holding off until some new material is released, after hearing the track that was on the official website. My question, to those in the know, my info vacuum capabilities have failed me on this one, is what exactly Iva is doing at the moment, is there going to be a new Icehouse album or live shows in the near future?? (looks hopefully in aikakone's direction Wink)

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There's no news inside the Icehouse.

Is it the original line up of Icehouse on the new album? I'va no idea when the new album is coming out, but after seeing Iva's beachside house on the northern beaches of Sydney, it's a wonder he gets to do anything at all. The ocean can be enspiringly distracting.

I'd like to see an Icehouse/Arctic Monkey duet/project. Something along the lines of Great Southern Land/ Bet You'd Look Good On The Arctic Tundra. & just remember kids, there's no love inside the icehouse. Hey, anyone like to see an Iva Davies/Gary Numan project? I would.

Round the cloud man. Cool
They sure did. David Chapman (guitar), Paul Gildea (guitar), Paul Wheeler (drums), Steve Morgan (bass), Simon Lloyd (keyboards, sax).
They sure did. There was also Keith Welsh, Bob Kretshmer, John Lloyd, Guy Pratt, & Iva'(no idea) Davies. Various peoples played on tracks & albums, including Yukihiro Takahashi, the funky drummer from Japanese band YMO, Steve Jansen (ex lip rouge wearing, & pouting drummer with David Sylvian's Japan.) as well as a number of top noch producers, Brian Eno being one, & Bill Laswell being another.

One man masquerading as a band? Surely you mean The Whitlams??!! & well Simply Red, i'm sure it's only a coincidence that Mick Hucknell is the only one who turns up for the album cover photo shoots. Or maybe the rest of the band are just really ugly, like long hair & beards, & eat spaghetti off their hairy chests when they are on tour or something.

Speaking of one man bands. Your avatar of Elton John is Shane Warne's fave album apparently. He mentions it in his enigmatically titled autobiography, "My Autobiography". Greatest hits. Elton may be Englands only ashes chance, but i didn't say that. Wink
Dusty Pages (single release) is one of my fav songs and filmclips. That version wasn't put on the best of album, much to my disgust, the single release was the best version. Can noooooo find it anywhere.
The filmclip isn't on YT either, I've looked and looked. Its a cracker with the goth chics, laying flowers on the deceased in the coffin. Filmclip was a bit like the Church's 'Seance' feeling, dark, moody, moving.

From my memories, Iva had always taken over the whole stage, not much banter, they were pretty much just the band, and there to perform.

Saw them live in the very early 80's, 28th Nov '81 being the first gig, they'd just changed their name to Icehouse, about 4 more times after that. He's always been a dedicated performer.
I'd recommend going to see them when they tour.

Disliked most intently Electric Blue, would frisbee that one.
There was a limited edition Icehouse box set out in 1995 called The Singles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singles_%28Icehouse%29
It does include 'Dusty Pages' - perhaps the single version you seek, Tam.

Maybe an alternative name for the band would be The Iva Davies Experience, or Iva & His Minions! Disparaging names aside, Icehouse were a band I grew up hearing on the radio. Hits like 'Hey Little Girl', 'Great Southern Land' and 'Crazy' are big faves. You don't like 'Electric Blue', Tam?!

The Elton album cover must rate as one of the most cringe-worthy ever! Wonder what he thinks of it now! At least he didn't always take things too seriously.
Ta Gav got sidetracked with wikipedia and ended up here there and everywhere. Too stingey here to cough up for the box set, BUT might go for a listen at a store if I see one, and see if its the same single release.

Greatfox, how you liking the early albums?
The first 2 are my favs. Flowers the best, for that pub rock feeling, ahh yes can picture it all now. Lucky enough to get into 3 Icehouse gigs for free. Big Grin
I love both of the early albums, Flowers/Icehouse more than Primitive Man, cause it was actually a band rather than Iva on his own, but I really need to find an American version of Flowers/Icehouse cause I find the Australian version really, really compressed, Man of Colours is a mixed bag, some of it I like, others I don't
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There was a limited edition Icehouse box set out in 1995 called The Singles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singles_%28Icehouse%29
It does include 'Dusty Pages' - perhaps the single version you seek, Tam.

Maybe an alternative name for the band would be The Iva Davies Experience, or Iva & His Minions! Disparaging names aside, Icehouse were a band I grew up hearing on the radio. Hits like 'Hey Little Girl', 'Great Southern Land' and 'Crazy' are big faves. You don't like 'Electric Blue', Tam?!

The Elton album cover must rate as one of the most cringe-worthy ever! Wonder what he thinks of it now! At least he didn't always take things too seriously.


Actually i really like it. It's quite striking, & really works with the twilight silhouette background. Although it's pure fantasy of course. Any umpire worth their salt, would have had the light meters out several overs before that photo was taken, & have ended the days play. I think Iva would probably agree as well.

& of course Elton is wearing white, so it's not a one day match. If it was, he'd be dressed in blue. Although one day cricket was probably in its infancy when this album hit the nets, erm charts. Wonder what strategy Elton would have used against spin bowlers such as Warnie? Maybe a bit of Icehouse in the sheds before padding up. I know the Don was an Icehouse nut.
He'd grab willow when he heard Electric Blue.

I see that the new Icehouse album is (if & when it appears) to be titled "Bipolar Poems". Perhapse all is not well inside the icehouse.
Still, people who live in ice houses etc..
Back to the igloo.
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Originally posted by Greatfox:
what exactly Iva is doing at the moment, is there going to be a new Icehouse album or live shows in the near future?? (looks hopefully in aikakone's direction Wink)


I'm late! I'm late! I love that when you thought of Icehouse you thought of me, though. Big Grin I got all the remasters for them when I got the Enz remasters last year. I kid you not that I brought over 30 CDs back home with me, and I'd only been in Oz 3 weeks.

I can tell you about the American albums being that those are the ones I had first, but my observations are based on the cassettes not vinyl. For the Icehouse album, the vocals are different on a few songs, particularly "Not My Kind." I prefer the American version in part because it seems a more impassioned performance. I haven't noticed too horribly much different between the Primitive man pressings, though the North American "Goodnight, Mr. Matthews" is different. It's a more compact song in the NA release. I believe the "middle 8" (?) is taken out of the one here.

I also have on cassette Fresco, which was an EP released in only North America (USA?) between Primitive Man and Sidewalk, but the tracks are present in the remastered Primitive Man.

As far as greatest hits type collections, I've got Masterfile which is nicely done, though I don't much care for the Christina-ized version of "Love in Motion." Another one released before that in NA was Great Southern Land. It featured two songs (Jimmy Dean, Touch the Fire) appear elsewhere on the remasters. I really liked the extended dance mix of "No Promises," particularly as that was the song that made me a fan of the band. Unfortunately, the CD copy I had of that album got lost after a car accident and replacement copies are rare to non-existant. That mix was only on the NA release, too, and is probably nowhere to be found ever again. (On the flip side, I do have a copy of this album on cassette, but it's not like having it on CD!)


Well, I hope I added *something* to the discussion. Greatfox, Vortex if you want to get your ears on the North American originals of Icehouse and Primitive Man, I might be able to help you out. Send a PM my way.
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but I really need to find an American version of Flowers/Icehouse

Do you have the remastered versions, foxy? Wonder if they sound any different to earlier pressings.

The back cover's a hoot, Seany. Basically the same shot, but Elton's been bowled out without even moving, let alone offering a shot!


In the great tradition of English cricket, eah? Big Grin Sounds hilarious. I can vaguely remember seeing that album cover, & also Elton buying a Melbourne Tram (& Watford Football Club), & having it shipped over to his home (not the football club, although i could be wrong there). Lord knows what he did with it. Could be time for a crap album cover thread i think.

Maybe the Japanese versions of The Icehouse albums could be the ones to get. They crop up in
[URL=http://www.redeye.com.au/answer.asp? reion=USA&atype=both&artist=icehouse&code=1&search=search]Red Eye Records[/URL] occasionally.

Primitive Man was probably their high point, although i really enjoyed Sidewalk, & Measure For Measure. I lost track of them after Man Of Colours, probably because i was starting to listen to other things, like Shania Twain. Eeker
I'm listening to the American version, and I like it more than the remastered Australian version already. The vocals are higher in the mix and have more reverb, and the keyboards and guitar are higher in the mix while the drums have gone back, I'm not sure but it might even be a completly new vocal track, and additional keyboards
Some of the tracks are completely different vocal takes. The differences are obvious that it's more than just a mix difference. I like the American version being the one I've known for some 18 years (didn't get all the back albums until '89 when I ordered everything I could get my hands on in the USA).

For me the curiosity was getting my hands on the original Flowers release because that was admittedly different (track order, tracks themselves). Once I got it, though, I missed having a CD copy of Icehouse as I knew it.

In nearly all cases, I have the original releases plus all the remasters. I'd say that's a "normal fan thing", but maybe it isn't. I'm a collector at heart.

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