Icehouse came into being when Australian group Flowers signed a global recording deal with Chrysalis Records and were compelled to change their name in 1981 for legal reasons – a number of bands called ‘Flowers’ already existed in the US and Britain.
Flowers had enjoyed two Top Ten singles in Australia – Can’t Help Myself and We Can Get Together – and released an album entitled Icehouse before they took the name of their first album for the band name.
Critics overseas were not kind to Icehouse – calling them ‘Ultrabruce’ in reference to them being nothing but an Australian copy of Ultravox.
Returning to Australia, founder Iva Davies – a former oboe player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – recorded the Primitive Man album (September 1982) and Great Southern Land single on his own, releasing it under the name of Icehouse. He then assembled a new band to tour the album.
The single Hey Little Girl reached #7 in Australia and was a Top 20 hit in the UK, a Top 5 hit in Germany, and reached #1 in Switzerland.
Sax, trumpet, keyboards