ICEHOUSE

     

ICEHOUSE BIOGRAPHY


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With a career spanning over 30 years ICEHOUSE has continued to transcend age groups with their hit songs, well known and loved by audiences across generations. ICEHOUSE has played to sell-out audiences in Australian and also toured extensively. ICEHOUSE started as a pub rock band called FLOWERS, who were the highest paid unsigned act in Australia at the time.

In 1980 FLOWERS scored a record deal with Regular Records and released their first album, ICEHOUSE, which received critical acclaim and reached multi platinum status in Australia and New Zealand and soon became the highest selling debut album in Australia. The iconic cover art for the album, featuring branches intertwined, was created by drummer, John Lloyd, a former art student. After performing their song ICEHOUSE at the Countdown Awards, the band was awarded with the Johnny O’Keefe Award for Best New Talent of 1980.

In 1981 FLOWERS changed their name to ICEHOUSE for use in the overseas market and with their new name, the band embarked on their first overseas tour, taking on the USA, Canada and London in their stride.

ICEHOUSE’S second album, PRIMITIVE MAN, produced the classic Aussie anthem Great Southern Land which reached number 5 on the Australian Singles Charts. PRIMITIVE MAN also included the single Hey Little Girl, a UK Top 20 Hit with ICEHOUSE also performing on the “Top of the Pops”. The album sold over 650,000 copies when released in Australia and is still played in Europe and the US where ICEHOUSE still has many fans. During this time ICEHOUSE also supported David Bowie during Bowie’s European leg of the Serious Moonlight tour.

However it was the 1987 MAN OF COLOURS album that made ICEHOUSE a true international success with smash hits Crazy and Electric Blue that topped both the US airplay and sales charts. MAN OF COLOURS became the highest local selling album by an Australian band ever and Icehouse's most successful album - selling more than a million copies in Australia and reaching gold status in Canada.

With as many as nineteen musicians who have been or still are members of ICEHOUSE, it is singer, songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Iva Davies who is the band’s creative heart and driving force. Many of the musicians that have been a part of the band were from Australia, but several were international including UK bass player, Guy Pratt and US saxophonist Andy Qunta. Another famous guest was Brian Eno who featured on the 1986 album MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Eno had previously worked with Roxy Music, David Bowie and U2.

In 2006, ICEHOUSE was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame being described as “one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s & 90s.…With an uncompromising approach to music production they created songs that ranged from pure pop escapism to edgy, lavish synthesized pieces…” and in 2006 MAN OF COLOURS was still the highest selling album in Australia by an Australian band.

With over 3 million albums sold just locally, over 9 million sold internationally, sales exceeding 28 platinum albums in Australasia alone, eight top 10 albums and over thirty top 40 singles, ICEHOUSE continue to prosper.

In recent times Iva Davies and ICEHOUSE have maintained a presence in the Australian media as well as establishing their global online footprint with their popular Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media pages and sites.

In 2011 and through the first half of 2012 ICEHOUSE headlined a number of major music festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand to large crowds, which also brought a rush of mainstream media appearances for the band.

November 2011 saw the special release of Icehouse’s “WHITE HEAT” greatest hits CD & DVD which went Gold in two weeks and reclaimed an army of early fans and created a new wave of popularity for the band.

In January 2012 Iva Davies was named a Friend Of Australia as part of the G’Day Australia campaign in the USA and later that month he was honoured as an official Australia Day Ambassador. And in June 2012 the new revamped comprehensive official ICEHOUSE website also went live to the delight of fans.