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Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia (1977 – present)

Australian band Icehouse was formed in 1977, initially called ‘Flowers’, by Iva Davies (born Ivor Arthur Davies, on 22 May 1955, in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia). Inspired by and , Davies was the main creative force behind the band, being a classically trained musician. Band member Keith Welsh joined him on bass. For a number of years they also obtained the services of Bob Kretschmer, until he was replaced by young guitarist Paul Gildea.

Since 1980, Icehouse has released seven albums, several compilations, and music from collaborations with other artists including dance companies. Their 1987 album ‘Man Of Colours’ was released at the apex of their fame and international success. It is considered by many to be the band’s magnum opus.

As ‘Flowers’, Icehouse built up a strong following as a live act around Sydney, Australia, noted for their distinctive cover versions of songs by a wide range of acts including T-Rex and Brian Eno. After signing to the independent Regular Festival Records label, they released their debut single, “Can’t Help Myself”, which hit the Australian Top 10 in June 1980. This was followed by their first album ‘Icehouse’, which also made the Top 10 and became one of year’s biggest selling albums in Australia. The album made use of synthesisers, especially the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5.

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  • honkynut

    iva davies = king of the aussie new wave mullets...

    27 Sep 7:51am Reply
  • MushroomCap

    Devil lives inside the icehouse... At least that's what the old ones say... They say, he came a long time ago... He came here with the winter snow... Now it's colder every day

    26 Mar 9:03pm Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    I always remembered this group as a one hit wonder band but i see theres a song that tops Electric Blue.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Random song title

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • foreigner97

    Love this picture! Better than the previous one.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • littlechuckiec

    No promises, Taking this Town, and Hey Little Girl - the three best Icehouse songs.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheJebber

    Since my last post, the bulk of the Icehouse albums have been added oto U.S. itunes, along with some nice trimmings (remixes and b-sides). At the moment I'm digging the single version of "Dusty Pages," a nice enhancement of the album version.

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ma-noli

    "Cadillac" has an awesome ~vibe~!! And in "Stolen Guitar" there is something that shakes me xd I think it is the synths ~bass.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • spiritrebel71

    The guitar rift in the opening of " Crazy " , well what can I say ..........phenomenal !

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • victorysecret

    Perfect !!

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • TheJebber

    This has to be the most successful, well-regarded band whose entire back catalog is out of print, save for one album on iTunes (not counting the White Heat collection). I've managed to get Man of Colours, Measure for Measure and Sidewalk, but I've been trying to snag a copy of Primitive Man for less than $25 or $30 for ages.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • RogeriaMartins

    I'M IN LOVE WITH ELECTRIC BLUE. MAN, WHAT A PERFECT SONG :'''''''')

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Solacium

    wow........... electric blue

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • RogeriaMartins

    No Promises. CLASSIC! <33333333333

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • dAniel_brit

    Crazy <3

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pusteblumme

    Hey Little Girl:-))))

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • XMD5a8000

    Cross the Border!

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SIDUS77

    Hey Little Girl ^^

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mamerena

    can someone point me to the song with the really awesome guitar riff (vague i know) they played at meredith...

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BlueSilverStars

    I love this band. <3

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
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