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Icehouse - "Icehouse"

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Uploaded on Oct 25, 2006

Written by: Iva Davies
Director: Russell Mulcahy

"Icehouse" is widely considerd to be one of the band's best songs. The live performance always sends chills down the spine, and Iva's voice soars both on the recording and on stage. His performance on the "Live at the Ritz" concert is particulary noteworthy.
Mulcahy's clip for "Icehouse" featured highly atmospheric, eerie and, at times, macabre scenes, largely in mediæval settings and representing the nightmare images of a young girl sleeping inside a transparent icehouse. The latter was depicted in the clip by a cube outlined by lighted fluorescent tubes. This same device was used a few months earlier in the staging of the 1980 Countdown Awards performance of "Icehouse." On that occasion, Iva Davies appeared singing the song enclosed in just such a cubic cage of light, and Molly Meldrum did not fail to comment on the similarity on the first and only occasion on which the Mulcahy clip was played on the Countdown programme. Whether through annoyance at this apparent plagiarism or the stated reason of the chilling nature of the child's nightmare images, the "Icehouse" clip suffered a ban on Australian television shortly after its release.

Russell Mulcahy made two further clips for Icehouse, both filmed in exotic locations and both as spectacular, elaborate and expensive as the first. These were for the two singles drawn from the Primitive Man album and which made such an impression on the European market, "Hey Little Girl" and "Street Café." The clip for the former was filmed in London and included many shots in the Sadlers Wells Theatre, particularly in the ballet rehearsal room.

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