Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Flowers - Icehouse (1980)

Australian new wave. Icehouse is pretty much perfect. There's some goth-y brooding, some punk-tinged anthems, some angular post-punk guitar work, some synth-y nods to Low-era Bowie, and all with a cohesive overarching vision. Following this album, Flowers changed their name to Icehouse.

Track listing:
1. Icehouse
2. We Can Get Together
3. Fatman
4. Sister
5. Walls
6. Can't Help Myself
7. Skin
8. Sons
9. Boulevard
10. Nothing to Do
11. Not My Kind
12. Send Somebody

Gimme the gun

You should also listen to:
Magazine -
Secondhand Daylight (1979)
John Foxx -
Metamatic (1980)


  1. Icehouse is great. Their second {Primitive Man) and third (Sidewalk) albums were THE BOMB. After that they got kinda meh / more popular. However, they came back with a STUNNING (as in required listening) album of cover tunes called Berlin. You'd dig it. Icehouse covers Bowie, Roxy Music, PiL, Velvets, etc. but do it as if it ECM went into pop music. Seriously. Piano, bass viol, brushy drums, vocals. Mind. Blown. Here they are covering "Loving The Alien" by Bowie - it's better than the original.

  2. Loved this album forever. The piano on "Sons" thrills me to this day.

  3. The wonderful Mr. Foxx, the best I've heard in a long time. I'ts something new for me.