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Icehouse - 1987 Man Of Colours
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gdazegod
on February 15 2017, In 1987 Articles , 4 Comments , 320 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Icehouse
ALBUM: Man Of Colours
LABEL: Festival/Regular
SERIAL: RML 53234
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: Reissue List

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Iva Davies - vocals, guitars, keyboards, Fairlight CMI, Cor Anglais * Robert Kretschmer - guitars * Andy Qunta - keyboards, piano * Simon Lloyd - reeds, brass, keyboards, programming * Stephen Morgan - bass * Paul Wheeler - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crazy * 02 Electric Blue * 03 Nothing Too Serious * 04 Man Of Colours * 05 Heartbreak Kid * 06 The Kingdom * 07 My Obsession * 08 Girl In The Moon * 09 Anybodys War *10 Sunrise

WEBLINKS: www.icehouse-ivadavies.com


Background
One of my favourite Australian albums from the 80's was this 1987 effort from Iva Davies and his band Icehouse, called 'Man Of Colours'. Davies was a bit of a new wave/synth evangelist in Australia during the late 70's and early 80's (despite being labelled as Pub Rock.. go figure), modelling his sound and image on British synth pop hero Gary Numan. The band were known as Flowers back then, but were forced to undergo a name change. A couple of tracks from that era such as 'We Can Get Together', 'Great Southern Land' and 'Hey Little Girl' managed to keep the band in the charts. You can read Eric's review of the first Icehouse album below (click on the tag).


The Songs
The band released four albums from 1982 to 1986, and toured all over the world. Returning to the studio at the start of 1987, 'Man Of Colours' was the end result upon its release in September of that year. The album was packed with hit single material from the get-go, with 'Crazy', 'Electric Blue' (co-written with John Oates of Hall And Oates), and 'My Obsession' all doing exceptionally well on the single charts in both Australia and the USA in particular. Two additional singles: 'Man Of Colours' and 'Nothing Too Serious' also made it into the Australian top 30 singles charts; the first time an album featured five songs into the top 30. The remainder of the album also makes for good listening, 'Girl In The Moon' and the ambient 'Heartbreak Kid' are additional standouts.


In Summary
As to be expected, Icehouse picked up to key prizes at the ARIA Awards in 1988, including album of the year and best selling album of the year. Deciding to have a break during 1988 and 1989, Icehouse reconvened in 1990 for their next effort 'Code Blue'.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 15 2017 17:36:30
Icehouse - 1987 Crazy (Aust version)
This clip had the honour of being the very first video taped on my brand new VCR back in October 1987. The video is indeed a bit 'crazy'. I'm not sure what today's Occupational Health and Safety people would thinkg of it.. lol

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#2 | gdazegod on February 15 2017 17:38:27
Icehouse - 1987 Electric Blue
Great mullet by the way Iva..

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#3 | Jez on February 16 2017 01:05:33
The title track on this is a gorgeous, atmospheric ballad. Love this album
#4 | dtabachn on February 16 2017 02:28:46
'Electric Blue' is part of my adolescence's soundtrack as it is for my high school's friends. That chorus is pure heaven. Beautiful 80s memories!
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