“I’m thrilled to finally have these two albums available again’ says ICEHOUSE frontman Iva Davies of the joint release of the soundtrack to the 1984 Russell Mulcahy film, RAZORBACK, and the 1985 ballet, BOXES. “Neither album has been available digitally before and the CDs have been out of pressing for many years. I’ve constantly been asked when these would be available. This being the 30th Anniversary of Razorback, it seemed like a good time to get the music out again and with the help of George Ash and the team at Universal Australia, we’ve made it happen”.
Originally released in 1984, RAZORBACK is the soundtrack to Australian film and video director Russell Mulcahy’s first full-length feature film. It was composed and recorded by Iva using the then very new technology of the CMI Fairlight CMI digital sampling computer (see below) which enabled him to explore a new world of soundscapes. It went on to win its composer an APRA Award for “Most Performed Australasian Music for Film”.
The ballet BOXES was first performed in November 1985 at the Sydney Opera House and is considered the Sydney Dance Company’s most successful ballet ever. Iva Davies, and then ICEHOUSE guitarist Bob Kretschmer, composed the score for the ballet as a collaboration with renowned choreographer Graeme Murphy of the Sydney Dance Company. The original season of performances featured Davies and Kretschmer plus guest percussionist Masaki Tanazawa live on-stage interacting with the dancers.
Both albums have been remastered for the release.
RAZORBACK and BOXES are released by Universal Music Australia and are available from all good record stores from today as a double album set and on iTunes as a set or sold separately.
Icehouse announce two club shows with special guest Michael Paynter joining the band on stage.
When they returned to the stage a couple of years back, Icehouse played two gigs that solidified their decision to return to the stage; one at the Belmont 16s Sailing Club, and the other at Sydney’s Rooty Hill RSL.
“One of the first shows we played was at Belmont Sailing Club and I have to admit it was a bit daunting on the night. However, my fears were completely unfounded – the show sold out, the audience were fantastic and we had a ball. Then a few weeks later we were at Rooty Hill – the same thing happened with a wonderful enthusiastic crowd,” said frontman Iva Davies.
In a way of thanking the good people who attended these comeback gigs, the band decided to revisit the venues in preparation for an upcoming outdoor show on Rottnest Island.
Michael Paynter will also be joining the group for the unique shows performing both with his own band and also joining the Icehouse boys on stage for what is tipped to be two very special performances.
Icehouse promises to play a number of tracks from their extensive catalogue that includes over 30 Top 40 singles and 8 Top 10 albums.
It wasn’t until they released their platinum selling best of album, ‘White Hear: 30 Hits’, that the group decided to return to the stage following a 16 year hiatus. Since their return they have played numerous sell-out shows and festivals, and have most recently toured as ‘Dubhouse’ where they performed reggae versions of their classic songs.
Icehouse with special guest Michael Paynter
Tour Dates and Ticket Information
Wednesday 19 March, 2014
Belmont 16′s Sailing Club
Thursday 20 March, 2014
Rooty Hill RSL
Tickets are on sale now!
Iva Davies from Icehouse has paid tribute to the late Chrissy Amphlett. Iva released the following statement after Chrissy’s death. “It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the passing of Chrissy. Chrissy and the Divinyls played with us on scores and scores of occasions and I was always a great admirer of her as both a writer and a performer. Chrissy did me the great honour of recording her version of one of my songs, “Love in motion”, in the early nineties. She made the song distinctively hers, with her own smoking, seductive and unmistakable style. I was recently asked by The Age to nominate my choice of the Top 10 Australian singers of all time. Chrissy was among my choices, of course. She was a pioneer, and a great spirit”.
RIP Chrissy x
Icehouse frontman Iva Davies teams up with the man who co-wrote the number one smash Electric Blue – John Oates to perform before a massive Melbourne crowd at The Plenary last week.
Not long now till the Hall & Oates / Icehouse show hits Aussie shores. Here’s Icehouse in a flashback from 1988!