When you pick up a magazine or newspaper and see the name "Iva Davies," you expect the article to speak of his latest project. Music project, that is. But Sue Lowe of the Sydney Morning Herald had different ideas. She featured Iva in an article about ""intelligent homes" and the technology that will smarten them up. Her December '97 article reads:
Once again, Iva's mind is three steps ahead into the future when it comes to technology.
Iva also did an interview for the Sydney Morning Herald back in May of 1997. We happily discovered this interview with the help of an Icehouse fan's website. However, when we mentioned it to Iva, we had to swear that the photos accompanying the interview would not find their way onto the pages of Spellbound! Photos of an infant Ivor lying on a blanket, or of a seven year old boy, in short pants, playing the bagpipes he said he regrets giving the photos over to be printed so the promise will be upheld and we will not print the photos that can be found on Lisamaree's website [which is no longer available].
[Editor walks away humming "Mercy on the boy you know it ain't easy "]
The "Hey Little Girl '97 Remixes" CD single has done very nicely for itself in all markets. The European clubs and dance stations made it a regular feature in their playlists and it was "single of the week" in a Melbourne music mag. The single was even heard within the vicinity of the United States (gasp!) and found in local shops. Perhaps it will help pave the way for
Great Southern Land! Well, okay, so this is a re-release that Massive has just made available. Surprisingly, many fans out there wanted this to be made available again despite the various other compilations. Massive does not have any plans at this moment to re-release the Great Southern Land video compilation. The CD has been released for a limited time and most likely will be made unavailable again in June.
We are keeping a phone line open to Massive concerning any further details pertaining to the Best Of video compilation. We have also learned that there is an idea floating around to create an Icehouse boxed set. We will inform everyone as more details come to light. A boxed set would be an excellent idea, to follow on the heels of
the new album! Although Iva is still hard at work on it as we go to press, the very tentative E.T.A. for the first single is August 3rd! That will be followed by the release of single #2 and the album on October 12th!!! Now we will leave it to you all to count the months, weeks, days, minutes
[Editor leaves her desk whistling "and she waits for the call and she waits for so long " ]
Radio and Television
The coming months should see an upswing in this area as Iva and the band hit the ol' publicity trail! We will inform everyone of any appearances on television or radio as soon as the information becomes available to us.
[Editor listens to song running through her mind, "so through the long night, we will watch the waves." ]
The Icehouse has a new inmate er guest! Big Bite Management is pleased to announce a new member of the team! Veronica Ozolins will be the person in charge of promotion and marketing for Iva Davies. Veronica's past experience includes working for two Australian record companies, The Massive Recording Company and Shock Records. Welcome inside, Veronica! Oh, and bring a heater
[Editor stares off into space, singing under her breath, "she's still dreaming through the summer and now she's hoping through the spring."]
Paul Wheeler's job as the drummer for the band Primary has kept him busy these days! Primary, as we go to press, is recording and Paul has been involved with that. The album is being produced by Nick Launay. Their single "Vicious Precious" has been picked up by Sydney radio and has been heard by the likes of Iva Davies ("Sounds pretty good."), and David Chapman (see David's um opinion in his news). The release date for this single is slated to be March 23. Primary also is planning to hit the road as the opening act for the British band Arcana. This mini-tour should take place the last week in March and hit the cities of Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. Paul attended a formal ball held in honor of the Turramurra music shop. Many of the members of Icehouse met at this North Shore shop! Oh, to have had a picture of these guys in tuxes!! Another event Paul attended was the Radiohead show in Sydney. Paul also managed to find the time to play a few shows with Spy Vs. Spy. The Wheels are rolling!
Stephen Morgan is settling into the family life quite nicely! He told us his son is now eight months old and a very happy, healthy baby! Steve is still managing a recording studio in the Melbourne area and playing the occasional gig, such as the "Hey Hey" spot with Lee Kernaghan and Paul Gildea. He also made a point to note that this year's Aussie Rules season is about to begin so that the Morgan household is ringing with the cry of "Go Bombers!"
Paul Gildea has been working on various musical projects, including performing a steady Thursday night gig! Spellbound's own "Detective Icehouse," Darren McKinty, caught up with Paul and had this to report:
Paul also told us that he and Steve Morgan performed on "Hey Hey It's Saturday" with Country artist Lee Kernaghan. They played the song "Hat Town," although Paul says they weren't required to wear hats to play! He has also worked on some television projects with Lee's sister, Tania.
The best news Paul related to us is great for the Americans to hear!! The Little River Band are set to tour the US and Paul will be part of the band!!! The tour is starting in May in the city of Orlando, Florida. We will send out more details as soon as Paul can get them to us. We encourage all you Yanks to catch this fantastic guitarist live!
We asked for David Chapman's news and here is what he emailed to us:
Max Lambert is involved with a new stage show called "Boy From Oz." The show is based on the life of singer/composer Peter Allen. The music is all songs written by Peter and are arranged by Max! The show features Chrissie Amphlett playing the part of Judy Garland! If we receive furthers details on this show, we'll pass them along.
The previous boys that we can provide a bit of news about in this issue are Guy Pratt and Simon Lloyd. Guy spent his Christmas vacation with wife Gala in the Himalayas! They went trekking through the mountains perhaps looking for Father Christmas Guy also had a nasty mishap in his studio recently where someone spilled a glass of red wine down his mixing desk! Guy will be seeing Iva soon and will perhaps be having some form of input on the new album. Mr. Pratt recently went cybersurfing in search of one Mr. Simon Lloyd. He sent out an email to Simon with the message, "Where are you?" The reply came back, "I'm here. Where are are you?" We'll pause a moment to ponder this enigmatic message
The previous, current, and future boy, Iva Davies is in a cold and chilly place no, not a record executive's office London! Merry Olde England is the destination for the Great Southern Man! He and his disc of songs are making the trek to London to get input from others who reside in the foggy city. Iva said he is taking everything over in digital format and "it will be a complete miracle if anything talks to anything else over there." Iva does expect to see Guy Pratt while he is in London. He isn't quite sure who will be producing the new album at this point in time. As for who will be in the "band" he says he doesn't really know. It all depends on what the music demands and stated that it had always been like that. When asked about the songs he had written so far, he said he's "happy with some of it. I would just like four times the amount and twice as good." He has also caused a few groans (including some from us with this next statement we can hear you all doing the same thing as you read this ) while working on the new songs. He said, "Problem is I've thrown out about 30 things. Everybody keeps going, 'Oh, bring the 30 things over.' I'm going, 'Nope. They're thrown out. I don't like them. We won't be listening to those.'" We also asked if he would be seeking a record deal or would be content with exporting under the DIVA name. He explained that they could do this in many different ways, from getting a record deal in the traditional sense to shipping Icehouse CDs out to warehouses where they wait for orders to come in. The pros and cons of these various formulas will have to be weighed by Iva and his management team to come up with the best one that will bring them into a "new chapter" in the band's history.
There were a few questions that we put to Iva that we feel would be best printed in his own words.
The Iceman speaketh and quite well! Iva went on to say that he also heard bits and pieces of "The System" and "Judas" played as background music for a ten minute news spot on Triple J in Sydney! An Icehouse fan lurks in the Triple J studios come out, come out wherever you are
Iva also attended the Radiohead concert in Sydney. He enjoyed the show and was impressed that they didn't "do the full Bon Jovi." The staging and lighting were minimal and Iva felt that made the concert goer focus on listening to the music. He was also one of the persons attending the Turramurra shindig! He was there with Tonia, Paul Wheeler, David Chapman, and Glenn Krawczyk! Tim Farris of INXS was also there and gave Iva a big hug as they passed by each other! Looking back on how all of these fellows met at this music shop led Iva to reminisce about his early days in rock. He mentioned being in a band called Tamasha for a short time. He said the guitarist of the band, Damien, was brilliant. Michael Hoste was also part of this band and went with Iva when he departed the band. The band was a "prog-rock" band filled with skillful musicians. Iva said Damien was then and still is a guitar teacher. There were no official releases for this band.
Iva has also lent his oboe playing talents to David Chapman and Steve Bull. Steve might be gearing up to put out his own solo album. Another Icehouse related project that finally found its way into Iva's hands was the Real Wild Child CD-ROM. It was officially released before Christmas in a limited quantity.
Brynn Davies has gone into Kindergarten! She goes three days a week, with a full load of lessons from piano to French! She can count to seven and sing a song for her parents in French! Although there were a few hiccups for Brynn in her first days, she has since won a Merit award for settling in so nicely! Evan, having had his first days as "King Of The House," is doing well. Iva says Evan seems to be developing an engineering mind. Like most normal little boys, he likes to take things apart. However, he then hunkers down to puzzle out how to put them back together again!
So we now have to hunker down ourselves to wait it out until
August rolls around and the new Icehouse single is (perhaps