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Started as Flowers. Their first album was titled Icehouse and they changed their name to Icehouse after it was released.

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Icehouse are an Australian rock band, formed as Flowers in 1977 in Sydney. Initially known in Australia for their pub rock style, they later achieved mainstream success playing new wave and synthpop music and attained Top 10 singles chart success in both Europe and the U.S. The mainstay of both Flowers and Icehouse has been Iva Davies (singer-songwriter, record producer, guitar, bass, keyboards, oboe) supplying additional musicians as required. The name Icehouse, which was adopted in 1981, comes from an old, cold flat Davies lived in and the strange building across the road populated by itinerant people.

Davies and Icehouse extended the use of synthesizers particularly the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 ("Love in Motion", 1981), Linn drum machine ("Hey Little Girl", 1982) and Fairlight CMI (Razorback trailer, 1983) in Australian popular music. Their best known singles on the Australian charts were "Great Southern Land", "Hey Little Girl", "Crazy", "Electric Blue" and "My Obsession"; with Top Three albums being Icehouse (1980, as Flowers), Primitive Man (1982) and Man of Colours (1987).

Icehouse's iconic status was acknowledged when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 16 August 2006. ARIA described Icehouse as "one of the most successful Australian bands of the eighties and nineties... With an uncompromising approach to music production they created songs that ranged from pure pop escapism to edgy, lavish synthesised pieces..." Icehouse has produced eight Top Ten albums and twenty Top Forty singles in Australia, multiple top ten hits in Europe and North America and album sales of over 28 times Platinum in Australasia alone. As of 2006, Man of Colours was still the highest selling album in Australia by an Australian band.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Icehouse 4
1982 Primitive Man 3
1986 Love in Motion 1
1986 Measure for Measure 4
1987 Man of Colours 7
1990 Code Blue 2
1992 Masterfile 2
1993 Big Wheel 2
1995 The Berlin Tapes 4
2002 Sidewalk 2
Meltdown 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Great Southern Land Compilation 6
1999 The Singles: A Sides and Selected B Sides Compilation 1
2011 White Heat: 30 Hits Compilation 1
2013 The Best Of Compilation 1
No Promises Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1987 Live at the Ritz Live 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
1994 Full Circle Remix 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Electric Blue 1
2004 Heroes 1


Year Title Rating Releases
Electric Blue Maxi Remix 1

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