Icehouse (Australian rock band previously known as “Flowers”)

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

Later known as Icehouse

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Icehouse are an Australian rock band, formed as Flowers in Sydney in 1977. 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 Artist RatingReleases
1980 Icehouse Flowers 4
1981 Icehouse Icehouse 4
1982 Primitive Man Icehouse 6
1984 Sidewalk Icehouse 3
1985 Boxes Icehouse & Sydney Dance Company 1
1986 Love in Motion Icehouse 1
1986 Measure for Measure Icehouse 4
1987 Man of Colours Icehouse 7
1990 Code Blue Icehouse 2
1992 Masterfile Icehouse 2
1993 Big Wheel Icehouse 2
1995 The Berlin Tapes Icehouse 5
Meltdown Icehouse 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Great Southern Land Icehouse 6
1999 The Singles: A Sides and Selected B Sides Icehouse 1
2011 White Heat: 30 Hits Icehouse 1
2013 12 Inch Versions & Remixes Vol.2 Icehouse 1
2013 12-inch Versions & Remixes, Volume 1 Icehouse 1
2013 The Best Of Icehouse 1
No Promises Icehouse 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Live at the Ritz Icehouse 1
2014 DubHOUSE Icehouse 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Full Circle Icehouse 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Electric Blue Icehouse 2
1987 Crazy Icehouse 3
1997 Hey Little Girl ('97 Remixes) Icehouse 1
2004 Heroes Icehouse 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Spin One EP Icehouse 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Electric Blue Maxi Icehouse 1

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