The Ice­man cometh

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - CAMERON ADAMS

FOR any­one who grew up in the 1980s or ’ 90s, Iva Davies was one of Aus­tralia’s most re­li­able mu­si­cians whose band Ice­house man­aged to be cre­ative and suc­cess­ful.

For his two chil­dren, born in the ’ 90s, he was just ‘‘ Dad’’.

Davies ( pic­tured) put Ice­house on ice in 1993. Swat­ting away of­fers to join retro tours, he thawed Ice­house spo­rad­i­cally over the past two decades.

In­ducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006, he took daugh­ter Brynn and son Evan along to the event.

‘‘ That was the first time they’d ever seen me play,’’ Davies re­calls. ‘‘ They thought they’d gone to Mars. They had no idea about the his­tory of Ice­house. Un­til re­cently I never even had a gold record up in my house. It was all in stor­age.’’

Af­ter shows last year to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of their de­but al­bum, Ice­house opened for Hall and Oates this year. Davies’ kids went along.

‘‘ By then the penny had slowly dropped,’’ Davies says.

‘‘ They’ve been trawl­ing YouTube. I think they’re start­ing to get the pic­ture.’’

Davies, 57, is over­see­ing the 30th an­niver­sary reis­sue of Prim­i­tive Man and the 25th an­niver­sary reis­sue of Man of Colours.

As home to Great South­ern Land, Hey Lit­tle Girl, Crazy, Elec­tric Blue, Street Cafe, Noth­ing Too Se­ri­ous and Man of Colours, the two al­bums are the high­est sell­ers in the Ice­house cat­a­logue.

Glob­ally, Prim­i­tive Man has sold more than 650,000 copies; Man of Colours more than a mil­lion.

As well as high qual­ity con­trol for the reis­sues ( orig­i­nal B- sides, re­mas­ter­ing) Davies has adopted the pol­icy of do­ing noth­ing rather than some­thing sub­stan­dard.

‘‘ I al­ways said no to nos­tal­gia bills. I didn’t want to dis­ap­pear into that waste­land of old bands,’’ Davies says. ‘‘ I’d rather do noth­ing than do that.’’ While he was ner­vous about how Ice­house would be re­ceived and how he’d hold up af­ter a 20- year break from reg­u­lar tour­ing he found the re­ac­tion to his come­back last year re­mark­able, play­ing to more than 100,000 fans over sev­eral months.

At Sydney’s Home­bake they played Flow­ers in full and the footage has been re­leased on their web­site.

‘‘ Home­bake was par­tic­u­larly buoy­ing be­cause, while there were a lot of older peo­ple there to see us and Rat­cat and The Church, the vast ma­jor­ity of the 20,000 peo­ple there were in their 20s. And the vast ma­jor­ity of them were singing ev­ery word of ev­ery song.’’

PRIM­I­TIVE MAN; MAN OF COLOURS An­niver­sary reis­sues ( Univer­sal) out now. ICE­HOUSE Hamer Hall, Mel­bourne, Novem­ber 5. On sale now. Tick­et­ing de­tails at ice­house- iva­davies. com

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