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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Icehouse


1-7-09 Icehouse


Iva Davies and crew! I am not a giant Icehouse fan, but I did always rather enjoy them when they were “Flowers”. I think I first saw their debut LP on one of my first visits to New Zealand. I got to see them play live, the first time they came through Los Angeles, not long thereafter. I remember the bass player’s shoes!


I decided to write about Icehouse today, because I recently read the book by an Icehouse bass player named Guy Pratt (“My Bass and Other Animals”), which offered some Icehouse illumination. It’s a very amusing book, with lots of other stuff about Mr. Pratt – in addition to the Icehouse chapters.


I really must get the re-mastered “Measure For Measure” CD, to get that other B-side that got left off of the first CD issue of it. I must get “Sidewalk” and “Primitive Man” CD’s, too.


12" BABY, YOU'RE SO STRANGE REGULAR AUS X 14279

1986 4 TRKS with pic sleeve – the 12” with the best B-sides!

7" BABY, YOU'RE SO STRANGE (7" x 2) REGULAR AUS K 9924

1986 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7"x2

CD BOXES (Sydney Dance Co.) CHRYSALIS US VK 41659

1985 21 TRKS Iva Davies

10" CAN'T HELP MYSELF / SEND SOMEBODY (as "Flowers) REGULAR AUS X 12501

1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" CAN'T HELP MYSELF / SONS CHRYSALIS US CHS 2568

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

12" CRAZY REGULAR AUS X 13285

1987 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" CRAZY / NO PROMISES (Live) CHRYSALIS US VS4-43156

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" CROSS THE BORDER CHRYSALIS US 4V9 43062

1986 3 TRKS no pic sleeve – I love the Brian Eno backing vocals on this!

12" CROSS THE BORDER (Interview) promo CHRYSALIS US VAS 2389

1986 11 TRKS promo-only 12", no pic sleeve

7" CROSS THE BORDER / FLAME, THE REGULAR AUS K 97

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP GREAT SOUTHERN LAND (Collection) CHRYSALIS CAN CHS 41680

1989 10 TRK Collection

12" HEY LITTLE GIRL CHRYSALIS UK CHS 12-2670

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" HEY LITTLE GIRL CHRYSALIS US 4V9 42731

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP ICEHOUSE CHRYSALIS US CHR 1350

1981 10 TRKS U.S. version

LP ICEHOUSE (as "Flowers) REGULAR AUS L 37436

1980 11 TRKS original 1st Aust. release

CD FLOWERS MASSIVE 780941.2

1980 14 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks)

7" LOVE IN MOTION / GOODNIGHT, MR. MATTHEWS REGULAR AUS K 8486

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP MAN OF COLOURS CHRYSALIS US OV 41592

1987 10 TRKS

CD MAN OF COLOURS re WSM AUS 748985.2

1987 17 TRKS (7 x bonus tracks) ('02 issue)

CD MEASURE FOR MEASURE REGULAR AUS CD 53180

1986 12 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks)

LP MEASURE FOR MEASURE CHRYSALIS US BFV 41527

1986 10 TRKS

12" NO PROMISES CHRYSALIS US 4V9 43009

1986 3 TRKS no pic sleeve

12" NO PROMISES promo CHRYSALIS US VAS 2362

1986 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7" NO PROMISES / INTO THE WILD CHRYSALIS US VS4-42978

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" NO PROMISES / PERFECT CRIME, THE REGULAR AUS K 9850

1985 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" PARADISE / BABY, YOU'RE SO STRANGE CHRYSALIS US VS4-43041

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP PRIMITIVE MAN REGULAR NZ RRLP 1204

1982 10 TRKS

LP SIDEWALK REGULAR AUS RRLP 1206

1984 10 TRKS – as I recall, the Aussie vers. is a gatefold cover, whereas the NZ is not.

LP SIDEWALK REGULAR NZ RRLP 1206

1984 10 TRKS

CD5 TOUCH THE FIRE CHRYSALIS UK CHSCD 3472

1989 3 TRK CD Single CD5

10" WE CAN GET TOGETHER CHRYSALIS UK CXP 2527

1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" WE CAN GET TOGETHER / PARADISE LOST CHRYSALIS UK CHS 2527

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" WE CAN GET TOGETHER / PARADISE LOST (as "Flowers) REGULAR NZ K 7999

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


I also got some Icehouse videos along the way – a clip collection, some live shows and a PAL VHS of the “Boxes” show. As much of what is listed above occurred in the 80’s, there are lots and lots of Icehouse videos.


Looks like I made it all the way to the first “Best of” with my Icehouse collection. In the past, I know my friends have recommended other latter day titles, but…those don’t ever seem to turn up much ‘round here.


When I think of Icehouse, mostly 12” singles and music videos come to mind. After all, it was all mostly in the 1980’s…


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4 Comments:

Blogger Brian Ware said...

Did you ever find the time to give "The Berlin Tapes" a listen? Jim and I hold it in very high regard.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Not only is The Berlin Tapes the best cover album of all time*, but Big Wheel is just as good. Easily a peer to the great Primitive Man-Sidewalk-Measure To Measure trilogy. That these two came after the ultra-stinko Code Blue and the tepid Man of Colours mad them all the sweeter. And after that.... Keyser Soze time for Iva Davies!

* Take THAT, Bowie & Ferry... you Poseurs!!!

5:40 AM  
Blogger chas_m said...

I've enjoyed Icehouse for many years (sorry, DECADES) now, luckily never having heard Code Blue (but I did make the mistake of buying Man of Colours - bleah!).

As far as I'm concerned, it's all (with the exception of the two albums mentioned) good. LOVED Big Wheel as I dimly recall, man that was a long time ago ...

Haven't heard "Berlin Tapes," but I'm putting in on my list of things to review over at RadioChas!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Brian Ware said...

Okay guys, Man of Colours isn't that horrible. Most everybody totally sells out at some point and then usually pays the price. Yeah, half of it is pretty sappy, but I'm okay with the title track, "The Kingdom", "Sunrise", and "Anybody's War" really kicks ass in my book. They should have dumped "My Obsession" and "Heartbreak Kid" and substituted "Touch The Fire" and "Jimmy Dean" which were stuck on the first hits collection.

7:42 PM  

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