Thursday, January 23, 2014

"We Can Get Together" by Icehouse

Song#:  0691
Date:  08/01/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  62
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This group became one of the most successful bands of the 80s in their homeland of Australia. Originally called Flowers and issuing their debut album titled "Icehouse," the band had immediate hits in Australia and began to expand worldwide. However, to avoid legal implications and confusion with other groups that had the same moniker, they changed their name to Icehouse and issued their debut album as a self-titled release in other countries including the US. This first single from the album got on the chart for a few weeks, but subsequent singles failed to make any headway. It would take another six years for the group to really breakthrough to the upper reaches of the US chart.

ReduxReview:  This song definitely skews towards that Euro-rock-synth sound that would become more popular as the decade wore on. This seemed to be one of the first of its type reaching the US chart in the 80s and one that has gotten lost. In fact, I didn't know Icehouse had this chart entry in '81. I only knew about them years later with "Electric Blue." It's a good tune and worthy of being in an 80s compilation.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Their debut album had the song "Icehouse," which was based on where group founder Iva Davies had lived and the old mansion across the road. The building was being used as a rehab center/halfway house for drug addicts and mental patients and Davies would often watch the inhabitants of the other building from his own freezing flat. The song became the title of the album and subsequently it was chosen as the new name of the group.


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