1983 brought a new Icehouse album made with the same band that had toured the previous album, which had been made without them, deep in Keith Forsey’s laboratory. After an album of glossy, synthesizer atmospherics, this one took a half step back to the rock sound of the debut. The singles from this one were thin on the ground, compared to the first two albums, but when Mr. David Bowie selected Icehouse to open on his UK/European “Serious Moonlight” tours, he cemented the Oz band’s rep in those territories with his imprimatur.
Icehouse Rarities 1983-1985
• Taking The Town [Ext. dance mix – 5:11]
• Dance On – 3:54
In a first for both Hemispheres, “Taking The Town” was the first Icehouse 12″ single with the same Dave Jerden remix on both the UK and OZ 12″ singles [though the B-side picked differed]. The “Sidewalk” album was singular for not having any US releases to promote it that I have found any traces of in 36 years of Icehouse fandom.
• Java – 4:50
This single, being a smoldering ballad, was never remixed for a 12″ release. The B-side, “Java,” was a dreamlike-instrumental.
• Dusty Pages [7″ ver. – 3:50]
Only Australia got a third single from “Sidewalk,” but it was an ambitious one. Perhaps dissatisfied with his own production of “Dusty Pages,” Icehouse went into the studio in 1984 with John Brand to re-record “Dusty Pages” for an OZ single. The B-side was a straight album track, “Stay Close Tonight.”
• No Promises [ballet version – 6:03]
• Regular Boys [ballet version – 2:38]
• No Promises [ballet version, reprise – 1:22]
• Regular Boys [ballet version, reprise – 3:17
Next, we’ll take a tributary to an Iva Davies side project from 1985 where the first two songs that would eventually reach many more ears on the “Measure For Measure” album in 1985. The Sydney Dance Company asked Davies to score their performance of “Boxes” and most of the OST is instrumental, but two vocals songs were used in the score, and these songs later became Icehouse album tracks in very different form.
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