made an appearance on Sydney's "Sunrise" morning show on September
24th, replacing the newly wed Nick Bennett as the show's music consultant.
Iva presented several album reviews, including the latest by LeAnn Rimes
and Beck. He also took some time to promote the remix album Meltdown.
Your Hands On Me" was released to the public on September 30th, 2002.
The song did quite well on radio, with an extra effort to promote the
song being made by NOVA in Sydney. Jimmy Z, a DJ on NOVA, maintains his
own Dance chart and "Lay Your Hands On Me" had a fantastic showing!
The song also hit #13 on the ARIA Dance chart! Warner Music released an
e-card to promote the remix album Meltdown, which allowed the listener
to hear "Lay Your Hands On Me" in streaming audio. As we go
to print, that e-card can still be found here.
The CD single has four tracks, with several mixes included, and was released
by Warner Music Australia under the catalog number of 0927491532. Congratulations
to Iva and Steve Peach (pictured at left)!
The long anticipated
remastered Icehouse albums were released in waves, starting with Icehouse
and Primitive Man (all of the remastered CDs are now available).
Fans were quick to note that all of the hard work that Iva put into remastering
the albums had really paid off! The sound quality on the remasters is
superb, with some stating that it was like hearing the songs for the first
time. To add the icing to the cake, each CD contained additional tracks
that had not been part of the original track listings. Some of these tracks
had not been previously available on CD. The packaging for Icehouse
and Primitive Man also had an extra feature - a limited edition
of each CD had a purple colored insert instead of the standard silver
that came with later albums. With the release of the remastered back catalog
pending, Iva sent this message to the Icehouse online discussion list:
As you are aware, the catalogue of eight albums is due for release shortly.
The remastering, inclusion of additional tracks, and the restoration
of artwork has been a huge task for me and there have been a number
of delays along the way resulting in the moved release dates.
I wanted to take
this opportunity to thank you for the invaluable contribution you have
made to this process by way of the Poll conducted by Kristin and Cheryl,
and also to explain the way in which I arrived at my final decisions
regarding the bonus tracks.
Needless to say,
there is far more material than will practically fit on a CD format
and naturally I have not been able to include them all. I daresay that
many disappointments will result from this but it was never going to
be possible to please everyone's requests. I should add at this point
that there is certainly material enough for a collection of rarities
in the future but the current undertaking should never have been regarded
as an attempt at producing collections of rarities.
To start with I
have had to take into account advice from a number of people involved
with this process. Their perspective is valuable by virtue of the fact
that it has more distance from the recordings than does my own.
I have been constantly reminded that these new editions of the albums
will become 'the definitive' versions of the albums, i.e. they will
not be viewed as collections of curios and rarities but rather will
define the album from this point forward in time.
I have been reminded
that, although there might be a temptation to include things which are
interesting to the keenest listeners, they should not be included if
their quality was below the standard of the existing album tracks.
Quite a number of
tracks which fulfilled other requirements (i.e. they were related to
the albums as b-sides and so on) failed to meet this quality test and
therefore, as tempting as they were, they have not made the final track
I have tried to
focus on any tracks which had an immediate relevance to the album in
question. Therefore I have chosen single b-sides, selected extended
mixes, demos, and a number of 'live' tracks which were also related
by virtue of the fact that they were used as b-sides.
I've also attempted
to include any glaring omissions which may have only been available
on vinyl or select collection CDs. Examples of these would be the original
single version of "Love in Motion" which in reality belongs
to the Flowers period and has been included on that album. Similarly
"Touch the Fire" and "Jimmy Dean" are directly related
more to the Man of Colours album than to Code Blue. They,
of course, were only available on the compilation CD Great Southern
Land. I've included them on Man of Colours because it was
the same creative team (including David Lord as producer), the same
studio, songwriting team and time period which produced these recordings.
I have used, as
a starting point template, the track listing from the original Australasian
versions. These were always the definitive versions of the albums and
any variations of the albums in other territories were generated for
the specific requirements of those territories. With one exception (Primitive
Man - Uniform German 7") I have automatically included the
bonus tracks which were on the first edition CDs of each album.
So I hope that there
has been some 'method in my madness' in selecting things for each album.
The Poll tallies,
which Kristin and Cheryl collected for me, were invaluable in two major
Firstly they produced
a definitive list immediately of any tracks which were eligible for
inclusion and their relationship to the albums. This was a perfect place
to start compiling everything that might be needed.
though, in situations where all requirements had been met by a number
of tracks and some could not be included due to the time limitations
of the CD, I referred to this Poll in order to establish the most popular
of these tracks. Thus I was able to refer to the way in which you had
prioritised the tracks in question.
I hope that you
find the collection of bonus tracks appropriate. It has been a difficult
process and I have been mindful of your requests during the whole process.
The track listing
of the albums follows, (*) denotes bonus tracks.
Thank you once again
for your great assistance.
2. We can get together
6. Can't help myself
10. Nothing to do
11. Not my kind
12. Send somebody
13. All the way
14. Paradise lost (instrumental)
15. *Love in motion (original Australasian single)
16. *Goodnight, Mr. Matthews (B side to original Australasian "Love
in Motion" single)
17. *Can't help myself (original Australasian 10" single)
1. Great Southern Land
3. Hey, Little Girl
4. Street Cafe
6. Trojan Blue
7. One by One
8. Break these chains
9. Mysterious thing
10. Goodnight, Mr. Matthews
11. Over the line
12. Glam (12" Version)
13. *Uniform 12" (German Version)
14. *Street Cafe (Bob Clearmountain single mix)
15. *Love in motion (Primitive Man re-recording)
16. *Can't help myself (live b-side)
17. *We can get together (live b-side)
1. Taking the town
2. This time
3. Someone like you
4. Stay close tonight
5. Don't believe anymore
7. Dusty pages
8. On my mind
10. The mountain
11. *Java (instrumental)
12. *Dance on
13. *Dusty pages (single version)
14. *Taking the town (extended mix)
2. No Promises
3. Mr. Big
4. Angel Street
5. The Flame
6. Regular Boys
7. Cross the Border
8. Spanish Gold
9. Lucky Me
10. Baby, you're so strange
11. Too Late Now
12. Into the Wild
13. *Just a Word
14. *The Perfect Crime
15. *The Flame (live)
16. *No Promises (live)
17. *Sister (live)
Man of Colours
2. Electric Blue
3. Nothing too serious
4. Man of Colours
5. Heartbreak Kid
6. The Kingdom
7. My Obsession
8. Girl in the moon
9. Anybody's War
11. Crazy 12"
12. Crazy (midnight mix)
13. *Shakin' the cage
14. *Over my head
15. *Touch the fire
16. *Jimmy Dean
17. *Electric Blue (Extended mix)
1. Mercy on the boy
2. Harbour Town
3. The Great Divide
4. Wind and Sail
5. Miss Divine
6. Big Fun
7. Knockin' 'em down
8. Miracle Mile
9. Where the river meets the sea
10. Anything is possible
11. Jericho Bay
12. Charlie's Sky
13. *Big Fun (The Riddler mix)
14. *Miss Divine (Spellbound mix)
15. *Where the river meets the sea (original demo)
1. Big Wheel
3. Goodbye, Valentine
5. Invisible People
6. Feed The Machine
8. Sam The Man
9. Stolen Guitar
10. The System
11. *Orbital Line
12. *Turn It Round
13. *Driving Me Backwards
14. *Blank Frank
15. *Satellite (The Ex-static Mix)
1. Loving The Alien
2. Sister Europe
4. Complicated Game
6. All The Way
7. All Tomorrow's Parties
8. Let There Be Love
10. Really Good Time
11. At Night
12. Love Like Blood
14. *Be My Friend
15. *Being Boiled
16. *How Do You Sleep?
17. *Giant And Child Fugue
18. *Pas De Trois
Iva also had this
to say about the artwork for the remastered catalog:
We have, wherever
possible, attempted to remain as faithful to the original Regular CD
artwork (and Massive where applicable) in all cases.
we have used the original booklets as templates we have scanned the
images from more original artwork sources (rather than using scans of
the CD booklets).
The result of this
is that the images are much cleaner generally.
I have included
lyrics to all songs (including bonus tracks), which appear on each album.
The Berlin Tapes is the exception as the cover never included
lyrics and we don't have the copyright clearance to reproduce them.
These songs are not our property.
The lyrics and credits
have been 're-set' and a great number of errors, which occurred on the
original CD booklets, have been eliminated. In a number of instances
this has meant that the original text artwork was not used. We have,
for example, chosen a comparable font to replace the crayon hand written
text on the Man of Colours booklet. Anyone who has the original
Regular CD will acknowledge that the hand written text, which was derived
for the original 12" vinyl, did not translate at all well once
it was reduced to a size suitable for the CD booklet. Apart from the
fact that the lyrics contained a number of errors they were very nearly
illegible in the final CD booklet.
Similarly we have
attempted to make the booklets as practical as possible generally. The
lyrics and credits of Code Blue have been set on cleaner backgrounds
for this reason (i.e. without the newspaper detail. This detail was
also originally designed for the larger 12" vinyl format).
All the albums contain
a series of common elements, which define them as a 'set' or 'collection'.
This suggestion was made early in the process and was unanimously supported.
The result is that these 're-mastered' versions distinguish themselves
as both THE enhanced versions and as a 'collection of a body of work'.
I think you will find the full set of CDs very pleasing in this way.
Iva was invited to
attend Sydney's Sleaze Ball on October 7th, 2002. One of the DJs involved
with the Ball was Luke Leal and he chose to close his set with "Lay
Your Hands On Me." Iva described the feeling as "excellent"
to see 8,000 people dancing to "Lay Your Hands On Me!"
Iva also attended
the ARIA Awards presented in Sydney on October 15th, 2002.
collection of remixes done by some of the hottest dance music artists
in Australia, was released on October 18th, 2002. The artists involved
chose an Icehouse track to mold and spin into their own version. Meltdown
received great reviews - here are a few samples:
From the super chilled-out mix of Ivan Gough's "Don't Believe Anymore"
to the dub swing of Wicked Beat Sound System's "Love In Motion,"
Meltdown - The Remixes is a collection of timeless classics revved
up and revamped. Not many artists' work could hold up to such treatment,
but - together with the obvious talent of the producers and artists
involved - it's a testament to Iva Davies' skill as a songwriter and
willing experimenter that makes this project so admirable.
This has got to be one of the greatest albums released this year. Meltdown
- The Remixes reintroduces Icehouse and Iva Davies to popular culture
in a massive wake up call. Meltdown - The Remixes is a brilliant
remix album of classic Icehouse material. It features remixes by Australia's
premiere dance artists including: sonicanimation, Infusion, Wicked Best
Sound System, Endorphin, [love] tattoo, Josh Abrahams, and more.
Meltdown- The Remixes
After a slow start, this collection of classic Icehouse tracks remixed
by a who's who of local dance artists, turns surprisingly into quite
a treat. The first track, "Don't Believe Anymore," takes way
too long to get going, and is an unusual choice to start off what is
essentially a great example of how remixes can add some spice to the
original tracks. Most of the artists have taken a hefty creative licence
and created some songs that stand up on their own. I've said it before
and I'll say it again," Lay your hands on me," the new Icehouse
track that is also found on this remix CD, is easily the best uplifting
song currently doing the rounds on turntables around the country. Infusion
have fed "Hey Little Girl" into their computer and emerged
with a dark, pumping electro track. A great display of Aussie talent
having a little fun with some classic songs.
There is also a great
write up about Meltdown and Iva's career on the SongShop
site. It is worth going to have a look to read the comments from the artists
involved with Meltdown.
The track listings
for Meltdown are:
1. Don't Believe Anymore - remixed by Ivan Gough & Colin Snape
2. Love In Motion - remixed by Wicked Beat Sound System
3. Hey Little Girl - remixed by Infusion
4. Street Café - remixed by Smash 'n' Grab
5. Cross The Border - remixed by Funk Corporation
6. Great Southern Land - remixed by Endorphin
7. Electric Blue - remixed by Skipraiders
8. Lay Your Hands On Me - Icehouse vs Speed of Light
9. We Can Get Together - remixed by sonicanimation
10. Can't Help Myself - remixed by beXta
11. Icehouse - remixed by Peewee Ferris & John Ferris
12. Crazy - remixed by Josh Abrahams
13. No Promises - remixed by [love] Tattoo
14. Man of Colours - remixed by Endorphin
released by Warner Music Australia with the catalog number of 0927491542.
Warner Music also created a great promotional tool for the Meltdown
project. A "virtual
DJ" was set up so that fans could do their own mixing and splicing
of classic Icehouse songs.
On October 20th, Iva
performed a beautiful version of "Great Southern Land" at the
Australia Together event. The program was broadcast across Australia and
was a touching tribute to the victims of the bombing attack in Bali.
performed as part of the house band for Don't Give Up Your Day Job charity
event in the Sydney area on November 7th. As well as performing at the
show, Iva contributed as raffle prizes a full set of the remastered catalogue
and a 12" multicolored vinyl copy of Man of Colours. He also
provided the details as shown below:
DON'T GIVE UP YOUR
DAY JOB III
Thursday November 7, 2002
Bridge Hotel, 135 Victoria Road,
All proceeds to Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets program
Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus)
Belinda Chapple (Bardot)
David McCormack (Custard/Titanics/David McComack & The Polaroids)
Final list of 'singers':
Jabba (Channel V)
Michael Chugg (Michael Chugg Entertainment)
Daniel Denholm (producer)
Glenn A Baker (Writer/Triple Crown Rock Brain of the Universe)
Arnold Frolows & Kirileigh Lynch (Triple J)
Debbie Kruger (APRA)
Merrick Watts, Tim Ross, Adam Zammit, TransAm Wilson (NOVA/Revolver)
Andy Glitre (DJ)
Ian Spicer (Gas nightclub)
Barry Divola & John Tingwell (WHO Weekly/The Drum Media)
Craig New & Jake Stone (Revolver)
Ben Facey, Andy Milne (Warner/Festival-Mushroom)
Bianca Dye (NOVA)
Bogart Torelli (MIX FM)
Peter Holmes (Sun-Herald)
Kathy McCabe (Sunday Telegraph)
Adam Spencer & Chelsea Anthon (Triple /Zomba)
Vic Davies & Angela Bishop (Triple M/Network Ten)
Damien English, a
Spellbound subscriber and active participant on the Icehouse discussion
list, provided this great report:
Last night we (Arlyn
and I) made our way to the "Don't give up your day job" gig
at the Bridge Hotel, Rozelle. We had a great night!
We arrived at the
venue at around 7.30pm, and quietly slipped out to the beer garden for
some drinks and a packet of chips (dinner!).
Prior to the gig,
we brushed shoulders with funny man Vic Davies (Triple M), Michael Chugg
(Tour Promoter), Glenn A Baker, and the very funny and talented Adam
Spencer (Triple J).
Before long people
began to move into the room where the gig was to be held, and eventually
we found ourselves at a good vantage point not too far from the front
of the stage.
Prior to the gig,
Adam Spencer made his way to the stage to announce that his parents
(who were present on the night) were celebrating their 35th wedding
anniversary! I think this was his way of trying to say 'please keep
things clean'- which was to no avail, as there were some pretty choice
words to be heard throughout the evening from the mouths of 'Jabba',
the MC (who bears no physical resemblance to the Star Wars crime boss!),
and various members of the judging panel!
Soon enough MC Jabba
began to call up and introduce the band members to the stage. The band
was quite large, and was comprised of two guitarists (Iva on 'the' black
electric, and an acoustic, the other guy was just on electric), bass
guitarist, two guys on keyboards, three in the brass section, and a
The vocals were
performed by people within the industry, so it was a good opportunity
for the 'real' musos, the judging panel, and the audience to have some
fun and a laugh at the contestants' expense.
Following the completion
of each song, the vocalist(s) had to 'stand trial' before the panel
of judges to hear the 'verdict' of their performance, good or otherwise!!
These moments between songs were full of good natured humour and laughter
(and crude language!), and added to the light-hearted spirit of the
Iva looked fit and
healthy, was relaxed on stage, and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the
night. There were some funny interactions between him and MC Jabba,
and between some of the other vocalists too. There appeared to be a
strong sense of respect for Iva among those in attendance, both on and
In one situation,
one of the vocalists even referenced the lyrics "Great Southern
Land" during a rendition of Tenacious D's "Greatest Song In
The World," which was a brief 'tribute' to Iva, delivered with
Now to the list of songs (that I can recall) that were played throughout
the evening (in no particular order):
- "Jesse's Girl"
Steve Miller Band
- "Abracadabra" (one of my favourites from the night - Iva's
guitar work here was stunning- the guitar sound he produced being just
like the original!)
The Verve - "The
Drugs Don't Work" (another favourite - would like to hear Iva sing
this one - I think he particularly enjoyed playing this one!)
Dolly Parton - "Nine
To Five" (who would ever have guessed?! - great rendition!)
Elvis Presley -
"A Little Less Conversation" (great fun - loved the brass!)
Billy Thorpe and
the Aztecs - "Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy" (complete
with an unexpected visit to the stage by Billy Thorpe himself)
Kylie Minogue -
"Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (Iva on acoustic guitar for
this one - a creative (no-less!) rendition, and one which guest judge
Paul Mac described as reminding him of a Croatian Wedding!!)
Nick Cave and Kylie
Minogue - "The Rose" (Vic Davies and Angela Bishop on vocal
duties for this song, which was surprisingly good!)
A song from Grease
(sorry, can't remember the name of this one - but the performance was
Tenacious D - "Greatest
Song In The World" (great rendition, Iva on acoustic, complete
with "GSL" 'tribute')
Ian Dury and the
Blockheads - "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" (the organiser
of the event sang this song, and his vocals sounded so like the original
- an admirable version! The song was reprised at the end of the show!
A crowd favourite!)
There were a few
more songs, but I can't quite remember them now.
The whole night
was quite a surreal experience - seeing so many famous faces, and wondering
what the hell we were doing among them, but we didn't care - we had
I took some shots
of the performance, and had a brief talk to Iva after the show. After
introducing myself Iva replied "Ah, Damien, I thought that might
have been you. Thanks for coming." The pleasure was all mine!
Iva mentioned that
he enjoyed the performance because it felt "pressure free,"
which made me consider that he must have had a similar feeling during
his 'tour of duty' with Yukihiro Takahashi. He was a great sport though,
particularly when the road crew weren't as forthcoming as they could've
been! "Ah, isn't this supposed to be plugged in - someone?"
The gig was quite
long, and Iva did mention that he'd experienced at least one very late
night in rehearsal with the band until around 1 a.m. in the morning.
So considering how tired Iva must have felt by the time I approached
him, and that he still had to help the band pack up all the gear, I
was most appreciative of him giving his time for a quick talk.
All in all it was
a very enjoyable night. Iva's contribution to the band and the evening
was fantastic, and his playing was as sensational as ever - Iva, it
really was great to see you on stage again!
P.S. Just for the
record - the person who yelled out "play 'Can't Help Myself'"
- it wasn't me!!
Thanks for the report,
On November 10th,
Triple J radio played a list
of the top Australian Alternative tracks beginning with the year 1975.
The track played for 1980 was Flowers' "We Can Get Together."
Iva was invited to
present an award at the Australian Dance Music Awards held at the Metro
in Sydney on November 13th. Among the winners were Meltdown artists
such as Endorphin (Best Album - Skin), sonicanimation (Best Live Act and
Best Video) and John Ferris (Outstanding Contribution to Dance).
Qunta is busy playing with several bands in the L.A. area. The Chris Thompson
Band, for which Andy plays keyboards, had a very special gig on October
18th, 2002. The legendary rock band, Queen, received their star on the
Walk of Fame in Hollywood. As a special treat for their fan club members,
Queen staged a concert in Los Angeles. Chris Thompson is a long-time friend
of the band and was asked to open the show! Andy gave us this report on
The Queen show was
a great night from start to finish. There was a great vibe in the club,
the staff were great, the audience was great, and the musos - well what
can I say - fab-u-lous! We played "Crazy" about half-way through
the CT Band set. The crowd had been all vibed up from the start, but
as soon as we got into the intro of "Crazy," everyone started
looking over to the side of the stage next to me, and there were cameras
flashing in that direction. I turned to see what the heck was more interesting
than me, and there stood Brian May watching us! I took that to indicate
he liked the song, as it was the only time all night that he appeared,
other than when he was actually on stage.
Steve Vai, guitarist
for Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, etc., joined with the Queen guys for
the encore (Led Zep's "Rock n Roll"). Lead vocals for the
Queen part of the show were traded between Brian, Roger (who came down
from his drums to sing upfront a couple of times), Patti Russo (from
Meatloaf), who sang "Under Pressure" as a duet with Roger
- great! Also Chris sang a couple, including "Crazy Little Thing
Called Love". That's 2 "Crazy" songs in 1 night!
There were lots
of Icehouse fans there. A guy from El Paso told me he would have brought
his Icehouse CDs for me to autograph if he had known I was going to
be there! I got asked several times for autographs, and occasionally
a phone number, so it was just like old times!
Andy is also playing in a band called Made In Japan, which
is a tribute band to Deep Purple. If you are in the Southern California
area, check your local listings for these bands!
Paul Wheeler has put
together a band, along with bassist Steve Bull. They play around the Sydney
area under the moniker of The Wheelers! The band played a gig at the Manly
Boat Shed on November 30th (Paul's birthday) and can be found playing
all around the Sydney area. Check them out!