A SHORTER ICEHOUSE HISTORY
A Calendar of Events in the Life of Icehouse
January 16th: Sydney band Flowers prepares to abandon its reputation
of "a punk juke-box" and "the best unrecorded band in Australia"
by entering a recording contract with independent label Regular Records.
May 13th: The first Flowers recording, a single "Can't Help
Myself" released. It became a top 10 hit and one of the best known
and loved, and most performed Icehouse songs.
September 7th: Flowers supports English band XTC at the Capitol
Theatre, Sydney as part of the early touring to promote their first recordings.
October 20th: Debut Flowers album, Icehouse, released. It is destined
to receive high critical acclaim and to reach multi platinum status in
Australia and New Zealand.
March 22nd: Flowers performs the song "Icehouse" at the
Countdown Awards and is presented with the Johnny O'Keefe Award for Best
New Talent of 1980.
June 27th: Final performance of Flowers at the close of the Odd
People Tour through several states of Australia. At the end of the concert
the change of the band name to Icehouse is announced.
July 4th: Icehouse flies out of Sydney on the first tour overseas
which will take them to New Zealand, England, USA, Canada, back to England
and then back to USA before returning to Australia.
July 15th: Two songs "Love in Motion" and "Goodnight
Mr Matthews" recorded in London to become the next Icehouse hit single.
July 22nd: First European performance of Icehouse at the Venue,
London. The crowd loved them. So did some press reviews, others viciously
August 3rd: Icehouse performs in New York at the opening of the
first North American tour.
November 13th: Concert in Capitol Theatre, Sydney featured Icehouse with
support from the Divinyls and Simple Minds.
August 3rd: Single "Great Southern Land" released, soon
to break into the National top 10 and become another hit.
September 6th: Primitive Man, the long-awaited follow up album
from Icehouse released in Australia to receive even greater acclaim than
the debut album.
October 26th: Single "Hey Little Girl" released and starts
on the path to becoming a top 10 hit throughout Australasia and Europe.
November 6th: New Icehouse line up commences touring in Australia
and New Zealand before heading for Europe.
December 9th: Icehouse performance in Dunedin, New Zealand breaks
previous attendance record set by The Beatles.
February 17th: Appearance of Icehouse on British T.V. programme
"Top of the Pops," performing "Hey Little Girl" which
is in the U.K. top 20.
March 20th: Iva Davies arrives back in Australia after touring
England and Europe with Icehouse and completing the filming in Tunisia
of a film clip for the next Icehouse single "Street Café."
April 17th: Icehouse appears at the Countdown Rock Awards having
nominations for six categories. Iva Davies is voted Most Popular Male
Performer of 1982.
July 3rd: Icehouse performs to a crowd of fifty thousand at Milton
Keyes, England at conclusion of six weeks as support band for the European
leg of David Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour.
April 18th: Premiere of "Razorback," first full length
feature film directed by Russell Mulcahy, leading director of music video
clips, at State Theatre, Sydney. Music for the soundtrack composed by
April 22nd: First single "Taking the Town," from the
third Icehouse album, released.
June 12th: Sidewalk album released to become the least successful
of the three Icehouse albums to date.
July 31st: Second single from Sidewalk album, "Don't Believe
Anymore" released. Band performs first of two nights at the Chevron
at Kings Cross, Sydney.
September 3rd: Iva Davies arrives in Tokyo and writes a song, "Walking
to the Beat" for Yellow Magic Orchestra star, Yukihiro Takahashi,
for inclusion in his Wild and Moody album.
September 6th: Icehouse in Europe. Commences tour of Scandinavia.
October 10th: Icehouse performs behind the Iron Curtain on a show
telecast throughout Europe to a viewing audience of eighty million.
October 21st: Iva Davies starts tour of Japan as a member of superband
drawn from all over the world by Takahashi.
November 2nd: Third single from Sidewalk Album, "Dusty Pages,"
November 18th: Icehouse performs to a packed house at Selinas,
Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney.
December 23rd: Icehouse commences a short tour of Japan.
November 1st: Hit single "No Promises" released.
November 7th: Premiere performance of the ballet "Boxes"
at the Sydney Opera House. Boxes was written by Iva Davies, Bob Kretschmer
and Graeme Murphy and performed by the Sydney Dance Company and Icehouse.
January 26th: Australia Day. A.B.C. television makes first telecast
of the ballet "Boxes."
March 10th: Single "Baby You're So Strange" released.
It is to become the first top 10 hit for Icehouse since the Primitive
April 1st: Release of fourth Icehouse album, Measure for Measure.
Band commences touring to promote the album.
April 28th: Music from the film "Razorback" receives
APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) Award for Most Performed
Music for Film.
May 24th: Icehouse performs at Castle Hill RSL Club as last gig
of the Measure for Measure Tour before leaving for America.
June 15th: Third single from Measure for Measure released. Another
hit "Mr Big."
August 14th: Icehouse performs at the Ritz in New York. The show
was filmed and subsequently released on video.
October 20th: Single "Cross the Border" released. Icehouse
commences the six weeks Cross the Border Tour in Australia.
June 8th: Single "Crazy" released. Destined to reach
number 3 on Australian National charts and number 17 in the USA.
July 4th: Icehouse performs at the Sydney Cove Tavern in the first
gig of the Crazy Tour.
September 26th: Album, Man of Colours, released to become the greatest
Icehouse album success to date, selling more than half a million copies
in Australia and reaching gold status in Canada and nearly so in USA.
October 30th: Icehouse performs at Madison Square Garden, New York
as part of tour supporting The Cars. Joined on stage by John Oates of
Hall and Oates for performance of "Electric Blue."
November 8th: Single "Electric Blue" becomes first Icehouse
hit to reach number one on Australian national charts.
December 13th: Man of Colours number one on national album charts
for the eleventh successive week.
January 25th: Icehouse performs "Electric Blue" at the
Royal Bicentennial Concert in the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
February 13th: Iva Davies participates in official opening of the
Melbourne Music Show. Icehouse headlines the first day performances at
the Melbourne Showground.
February 17th: Man of Colours Tour through Australasia, Europe
and North America commences.
February 29th: Icehouse receives the ARIA awards for Best Australian
Album and Highest Selling Australian Album.
March 4th: Icehouse Performance at Adelaide Festival of the Arts.
March 14th: Variety Club Heart Awards. Icehouse voted Variety Club
Band of the Year.
July 29th: Concluding performance of Man of Colours Tour at World
Expo '88 at Brisbane.
August 6th: Iva Davies and Bob Kretschmer visit Tokyo to write
another song for Yukihiro Takahashi.
February 17th: Opening gig of the Life in a Paintbox Tour at the
Shellharbour Workers Club.
March 10th: Highest ticket sales ever for the Sydney Entertainment
Centre for the Concert for '89 featuring The Sparklers, 1927, Big Pig
May 1st: APRA Awards. "Electric Blue" wins award for
Most Performed Australian Work.
September 30th: Icehouse Single "Touch the Fire" released
to become another top 20 hit for Icehouse.
October 23rd: Compilation of Icehouse hits released as a double
album, Great Southern Land, to become another multi platinum success in
July 23rd: Single "Big Fun" released to receive startled
and unfavourable reactions from radio and record buying public.
August 28th: Single "Miss Divine" released to become
the first Icehouse hit of the nineties.
September 4th: The first Icehouse live performance for over a year
staged at the Charles Sturt University campus at Wagga Wagga, NSW as the
opening of the Code Blue Tour.
September 10th: An enthusiastic crowd at Selinas welcomes Icehouse's
first Sydney live performance after a break of eighteen months.
September 22nd: After a performance at Whyalla, South Australia, band
and crew boards the Indian Pacific rail for Kalgoorlie and the Western
Australian leg of the Code Blue Tour.
October 6th: With a performance at the Roebuck Hotel, Broome, Icehouse
live performance in Australia penetrates further than ever before.
October 22nd: Ten years to the week after the release of the Icehouse
debut album, the sixth studio album, Code Blue, is released. It is destined
to reach platinum status in Australia, fall far short of the commercial
success of the Man Of Colours Album and be claimed by Iva Davies as the
work for which Icehouse most wishes to be remembered.
November 9th: Icehouse performs live in the Sydney Channel 9 studios
for a direct national telecast on MTV. Most of the songs from the Code
Blue Album are featured in the set.
November 24th: An Icehouse performance concludes the Sydney segment
at the Entertainment Centre in the Ausmusic 90 series of concerts. A nationwide
telecast is made of the event.
© 1992 Neville Davies
January 21st: First date in the Flowers a.k.a. Tour, in which Icehouse
re-enacts some of the covers performances of the early Flowers days, at
the Central Coast Leagues Club. Gosford. NSW.
February 17th: Presentation Ceremony for the 16th Annual 'Mo' Awards
at the State Theatre, Sydney. Icehouse is nominated in the Rock Group
and Rock Performance of the Year categories and Iva Davies for Male Rock
Performer, but no statuettes fall to the group.
February 19th: In cool weather conditions, a large warm crowd revels
in the Icehouse show at the Caroline Bay Soundshell, Timaru, one of the
performances in the New Zealand leg of the Flowers a.k.a. Tour.
April 1st: Easter Monday performance at Waves, Wollongong, NSW,
concludes ten weeks of live touring in Australia and New Zealand. Icehouse
looks forward to a well-earned rest.
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