They were formed in 1977 as Flowers by Iva Davies (born Ivor Arthur Davies, on 22 May 1955, in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia), who was the main creative force, and a classically trained musician; and bass player, Keith Welsh. For a number of years they also obtained the services of Bob Kretschmer, until he was replaced by young guitarist Paul Gildea.
Since 1980 Icehouse has released seven albums, several compilations, and music from collaborations with other artists including dance companies.
The 1987 album Man of Colours was released at the apex of their fame and international success.
Man of Colours is considered by many to be the band’s magnum opus.
As Flowers, Icehouse built up a strong following as a live act around Sydney, Australia, noted for their distinctive cover versions of songs by a wide range of acts including T. Rex and Brian Eno.
After signing to the independent Regular Festival Records label, they released their debut single, “Can’t Help Myself”, which hit the Australian Top 10 in June 1980. This was followed by their first album Icehouse, which also made the Top 10 and became one of year’s bigg...