Icehouse “Primitive Man”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#167 in the Series) is Icehouse, Primitive Man.

Well this is one of my more obscure titles.  In fact, I just realized that I’ve gone back to back with Australian early 80’s albums.  Oh well, there’s always been great music coming from that part of the world.

There a reason I wanted to write up this album.  I worked in music related industries for many, many years.   From writing reviews to promoting concerts to music distribution etc , etc.  The entry point into the business was a part time writer, part time ad seller etc for Night Rock News out of Merrillville, Indiana.  In fact, thank you to Van Pudlo for giving me that first gig.

The cool part about working for a paper like Night Rock News was we would get albums from the labels to review.  So it was a great way to add some stuff to your collection when you didn’t have a bunch of cash.

The first album that Van gave me to review was Icehouse, Primitive Man. So I thought it would be fun to write that up for this venture.

If I had to describe Icehouse in a few words I would say they were amongst the next generation of bands to follow in the footsteps of ground breaking acts like Roxy Music.  I believe the term that the industry used at that time was New Romantics.   They lumped bands like Spandau Ballet, Human League, ABC, Simple Minds, Talk Talk etc in the group.  Take it for what you will. Pigeon holes are for the birds!

A few of the highlights on Primitive Manicehouse_new included “Great Southern Land,” “Uniform” and “Hey Little Girl.” You can really hear the Bryan Ferry influence on “Street Café.”

The band was pretty much Iva Davies baby.   Players have come and gone and Ira has been the one consistent member.

Primitive Man reached #129 on The Billboard Album Charts.

Here are some videos “for your pleasure.”

Track listing

All songs written by Iva Davies.

  1. “Great Southern Land” – 5:19
  2. “Uniform” – 4:14
  3. “Hey Little Girl” – 4:25
  4. “Street Cafe” – 4:13
  5. “Glam” (Instrumental) – 3:27
  6. “Trojan Blue” – 5:03
  7. “One By One” – 4:02
  8. “Break These Chains” – 3:43
  9. “Mysterious Thing” – 4:26

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