As an oboe/guitar player involved in electro popular music, it's no surprise Iva Davies took to Roxy Music, especially on "Street Café" and the mega-hit "Hey Little Girl," which duly landed in no less than 13 European Top Ten singles charts, going all the way in Switzerland. An album of atmospheres, "Great Southern Land" evokes images of Australia's arid interior, while "Trojan Blue" conjures up medieval Italy or France. "Mysterious Thing" continues Primitive Man's mood, and produces what may be the best line in ambient white funk recorded! Running orders for the album fluctuate; Australian editions swapped "Love in Motion" for the rockier "Break These Chains" (vice versa in the U.K.). Finishing up is an excellent reworking of "Goodnight Mr. Mathews," which had earlier appeared on the Steve Nye single-only version of "Love in Motion" (itself re-recorded less successfully). Primitive Man (aka Love in Motion in the U.K.) is still one his finest recordings.
2002 remastered reissue of the Aussie alternative act's 1982 album that's unavailable domestically. Includes 5 bonus tracks 'Uniform' (12'' German Version), 'Street Cafe' (Single Mix), 'Love In Motion' (USA Recording), 'Can't Help Myself' (Live) & 'We Can Get Together' (Live).
Primitive Man is an album by the Australian synthpop band Icehouse, released in September 1982. In January 1982, Icehouse founder Iva Davies started recording Primitive Man essentially as a solo project, it was co-produced with Keith Forsey who later worked with Simple Minds. Forsey supplied additional percussion; Davies supplied vocals, lead guitar, keyboards (Sequential Circuits Prophet-5), bass guitar and programmed the Linn drum machine. Released as an Icehouse album, Primitive Man reached #3 on the National album charts and provided their international breakthrough single, "Hey Little Girl" which peaked at #7 in Australia, #2 in Switzerland, #5 in Germany, Top 20 in UK, Sweden and Netherlands, and #31 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart…
Sidewalk is the third studio album by the Australian rock band Icehouse. It was originally released in June 1984, on the labels Regular, Chrysalis, and reached #8 on the National albums chart with singles "Taking the Town" (#22), "Don't Believe Anymore" (#22t) and "Dusty Pages" (#82). Founding member Iva Davies used the Fairlight CMI digital sampling synthesizer on this more sombre and reflective album, included are two tracks used for the Russell Mulcahy 1984 film Razorback, which he had recorded in 1983.
2002 digitally remastered reissue of the Aussie rock/synthpop act's 1986 album that's unavailable domestically. Includes 5 bonus tracks 'Just A Word', 'The Perfect Game', 'The Flame' (Live), 'No Promises' (live) & 'Sister' (live).
The debut album was released in 1980 when the band was known as Flowers. Remastered reissue includes three bonus tracks, 'Love In Motion (Original Single Mix), 'Goodnight, Mr. Matthews' (B side to Love In Motion) & 'Can't Help Myself' (Original 10 Inch Single Mix).