1987 found Icehouse making their inevitable “big commercial move” album that so many acts were also doing in the mid 80s. It speaks highly for Icehouse’s taste that their “groomed for maximum selling potential” release walks a finer line than most I can think of. “Man Of Colours” was unreservedly commercial, but not to the insulting levels that so many others plumbed. Was is simplified? Yes. Did it still have recognizable Icehouse DNA? Also yes. Did it have many differing single releases in many territories? Need you ask?
Icehouse Rarities 1987
• Crazy [US 12″ mix/a.k.a. Manic mix – 7:15]
The US/UK territories got a longer 12″ mix by Michael Brauer called the “Manic Mix” in the UK.
• Electric Blue [OZ 12″ ver.]
• Electric Blue [OZ 7″ ver.]
• Electric Blue [OZ dub mix]
Once more, Michael Brauer got the nod for the OZ 12″ mixes. This was their biggest hit in the US and Australia.
• Electric Blue [US Dub mix – 5:03]
• Electric Blue [US Inst. – 5:46]
• Electric Blue [ST edit – 4:10]
When Brauer mixes one Hemisphere, you know it… Thompson + Barbiero got the other one. The US mixes on promo were all very different.
• Electric Blue [US ext. mix – 7:32]
• Crazy [manic mix – 7:17]
• Over My Head – 3:49
The US Ext. mix got released in the UK on CD, making this single the one to source from. The OZ B-side, “Over My Head” also showed up there.
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