Yesterday we skirted the edge of the phenomenon of bands I deeply love and collect but have not yet compiled a BSOG for. Ultravox were the elephant in the room, but as I mentioned, most of their rarity output can be found on as few as four other CDs commercially sold. I could compile a full box of rarities, with even a few tracks that have evaded EMI’s gaze, but I’m not sure I need to do this. Icehouse, on the other hand, have most, but certainly not all of their rarities spread to the four winds on various CD releases! I think this band runs in similar territories, yet is more ripe for the plucking, so to speak.
The fact that I just bought the two Icehouse remix German CD collections has sparked this thread within me. I have a large, but by no means complete Icehouse collection. If I were to collate the mooted “Ice Box” what would comprise its contents? Let’s begin today with a look at what was out there from 1980-1981. If I missed anything, well, that’s what the comment fields are for!
Icehouse Rarities 1980-1981
• Can’t Help Myself [OZ 10″ mix 5:51]
• Send Somebody 3:40
• Paradise Lost – 5:56
• All The Way – 3:49
• Nothing To Do [OZ only track – 3:20]
• Can’t Help Myself [OZ LP only mix – 4:41]
• Can’t Help Myself [OZ 10″ mix short – 3:34]
The original OZ LP/CD of the debut Flowers album, “Icehouse,” contained some tracks that didn’t appear elsewhere in other territories. “Nothing To Do” is a Lou Reed pastiche that was excised from all worldwide releases of the Icehouse album. The version of “Cant Help Myself” on only the original OZ LP of “Icehouse” is an impressive 4:41 mix with a long, unique fadeout coda. All subsequent OZ CDs [and I have them all] replace this mix with the straight OZ 7″ mix of the song. Similarly, the 25th Anniversary 2xCD+DVD edition of “Icehouse” says it contains the 10″ mix of “Can’t Help Myself,” but only the 10″ A-side mix at 3:34. The 5:51 mix on the B-side is still m.i.a. on CD.
• Love In Motion [7″ ver.] – 3:39
• Goodnight Mr. Matthews [ 7″ ver.] – 4:14
The OZ “Love In Motion” single from 1981 was unique for having two songs that would later be re-recorded in entirely different versions for the 2nd Icehouse album, “Primitive Man” in 1982. But this version was produced by Steve Nye, not Keith Forsey.
Out of time for today. Joins us later for more.