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Man of Colours
Man of Colours
is Australian rock/synthpop band Icehouse's best-selling album, which was released locally on 21 September 1987 on Regular Records / Chrysalis Records.[2][3][4] The album peaked at #1 on the Australian album charts for 11 weeks from 5 October 1987[5] and has sold over 700,000 copies.[4] "Electric Blue" was their only Australian #1 single,[5] the release of the album and its five singles marked the zenith of Icehouse's commercial success, both locally and internationally. Several other songs from the album also charted well. Founding Icehouse member Iva Davies (vocals, guitars, keyboards, Fairlight CMI, Cor Anglais) was joined by Robert Kretschmer (guitars), Andy Qunta (keyboards, piano), Simon Lloyd (reeds, brass, keyboards, programming), Stephen Morgan (bass guitar) and Paul Wheeler (drums, percussion)[6] in recording the album from February 1987. It was the first Australian album to supply five top 30 hit singles "Crazy" (3# in July), "Electric Blue" (co-written by Davies and John Oates of US band Hall & Oates)[7] (#1, October), "My Obsession" (#5, December), "Man of Colours" (#28, February 1988) and "Nothing Too Serious" (#29, May 1988).[5] With US chart success for "Crazy", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
and #10 on its Mainstream Rock chart, and "Electric Blue" (#7 Hot 100, #10 Mainstream), the album Man of Colours reached #43 on the Billboard 200.[8][9] Man of Colours
Man of Colours
was lauded in Australia
Australia
during 1988. The album won two ARIA Awards, ' Album
Album
of the Year' and 'Highest Selling Album';[10] the associated song "Electric Blue" won 'Most Performed Australasian Popular Work' at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards for its writers Davies and Oates.[11] The cover artwork, designed by Davies and Kretschmer, depicts a human figure holding three different coloured flowers.[12] Different versions of the album have been released, the initial Australian release by Regular Records (see infobox above right) was as a ten track vinyl LP or as a music cassette or as a twelve track CD with two additional mixes of "Crazy". An alternate Limited Black Sleeve release depicted the cover art on a reversed background (see infobox bottom right) from Regular Records in Australia
Australia
but had the same track listing. The US / UK release by Chrysalis Records
Chrysalis Records
had a different track order from the Australian LP, and the track lengths for the two big singles ("Crazy" and "Electric Blue") are longer on this version of the album. The 1997 Japanese CD version released by For Life Records had two different tracks added. In 2002, Warner Music Australia
Australia
re-released Man of Colours, with Davies and Ryan Scott digitally remastering, including five bonus tracks.[12] In Australia, the album was also offered on three limited edition coloured vinyl pressings, which were the colours of the flowers that the human figure on the cover was holding.

Contents

1 Track listing

1.1 Australian releases 1.2 US/UK release 1.3 Japanese release

2 Chart positions 3 Personnel 4 Covers 5 References

Track listing[edit] Songwriters according to Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA).[13] Australian releases[edit]

"Crazy" (Iva Davies, Robert Kretschmer, Andy Qunta) – 3:24 "Electric Blue" (Davies, John Oates) – 4:24 "Nothing Too Serious" (Davies) – 3:28 "Man of Colours" (Davies) – 5:12 "Heartbreak Kid" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 5:19 "Kingdom" (Davies) – 4:52 "My Obsession" (Davies) – 4:09 "Girl in the Moon" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:01 "Anybody's War" (Davies) – 4:05 "Sunrise" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 5:45

"Crazy" (12" Version) – 7:21 * "Crazy" (Midnight Mix) – 4:48 *

[* Denotes 1987 CD bonus tracks]

"Shakin' the Cage" (Davies, Kretschmer, Qunta, Simon Lloyd) – 4:00 ** "Over My Head" (Davies, Kretschmer, Qunta, Lloyd) – 3:47 ** "Touch the Fire" (Davies) – 3:46 ** "Jimmy Dean" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:00 ** "Electric Blue" (Extended Mix) – 7:34 **

[** Denotes bonus tracks on Australian 2002 remastered version] US/UK release[edit]

"Crazy" (4:48) "Electric Blue" (4:38) "My Obsession" (4:07) "Man Of Colours" (5:09) "Heartbreak Kid" (5:18) "The Kingdom" (4:51) "Nothing Too Serious" (3:25) "Girl In The Moon" (4:00) "Anybody's War" (4:05) "Sunrise" (5:44) "Crazy" (12" Mix) * (7:22) "Crazy" (Midnight Mix) * (4:49)

[* Denotes CD bonus tracks] [1], [2] Japanese release[edit]

"Crazy" "Electric Blue" "Nothing Too Serious" "Man of Colours" "Heartbreak Kid" "Kingdom" "My Obsession" "Girl in the Moon" "Anybody's War" "Sunrise" "Man of Colours" (6 am Mix) * "Shakin' the Cage" (D. Lord Mix) *

[* Denotes remix version on 1997 CD by For Life Records] Chart positions[edit] Album

Year Chart Peak

1987 Australian Chart 1

New Zealand Chart 1

Billboard 200 43

UK Album
Album
Chart 49

Singles

Year Song Chart Peak

1987 "Crazy" New Zealand Charts 24

1987 Mainstream Rock Tracks 10

1988 Billboard Hot 100 14

1988 UK Singles Chart 38

1988 "Electric Blue" Billboard Hot 100 7

1988 Mainstream Rock Tracks 10

1988 Australian Charts 1

1988 New Zealand Charts 4

1988 Netherlands Charts 83

1988 "My Obsession" Australian Chart 5

1988 New Zealand Chart 14

1988 Billboard Hot 100 88

Personnel[edit] Credited to:[12] Icehouse members

Iva Davies – vocals, guitars, keyboards, Fairlight CMI, cor anglais Robert Kretschmer – guitars Simon Lloyd – reeds, brass, keyboards, programming Stephen Morgan – bass guitar Andy Qunta – keyboards, piano, backing vocals Paul Wheeler – drums, percussion

Additional musicians

Andy Cichon – bass guitar Stuart Gordon – strings David Lord – additional keyboards Glenn Tommey – guitar, percussion John Oates
John Oates
– backing vocals on "Electric Blue" Shena Power – backing vocals Tommy Dassolo – Triangle Karl Chandler – Tuba

Recording details

Producer – David Lord Engineer – David Hemming, David Wright

Assistants – Carrie Motzing, Greg Henderson

Studio – E.M.I. Studios 301 and Trash Studios, Sydney, Australia
Australia
and Crescent Studios, Bath, England Mixer – David Lord, assisted by Raine Shine @ Crescent Studios, except:

"Crazy", mixed by David Lord, assisted by David Hemming @ E.M.I. Studios 301, Sydney "Man Of Colours" mixed by Iva Davies, assisted by David Hemming @ Albert Studios, Sydney "Electric Blue" and "My Obsession" mixed by Michael Brauer @ Sigma Sound Studios, New York City, United States

Mastering: Don Bartley, assisted by David Hemming @ E.M.I. Studios, Sydney Digital remastering (2002) – Iva Davies, Ryan Scott

Art work

Artwork – Iva Davies, Robert Kretschmer Art Direction & Layout – Sue Goff Photography – Hugh Stewart

Covers[edit] Australian-born classical-crossover soprano, Grace Bawden
Grace Bawden
released a version of "Man of Colours" as her debut single.[14] Her rendition of the track received Davies' blessing and was aired on national television program, Rage on 4 September 2009.[15][16][17] References[edit]

^ Allmusic review ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original (doc) on 2003-05-17. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ Grech, Jason (2004-07-23). "An interview with Iva Davies". Countdown Memories. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ a b "Artist: Icehouse". Warner Music Australia. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.  ^ ""Electric Blue" search result". Australasian Performing Right Association. Retrieved 2008-06-25. [dead link] ^ "Billboard singles charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-11.  ^ "Billboard albums charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-13.  ^ " ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
winners by artist". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-13.  ^ "APRA Music Awards – winners 1988". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-13.  ^ a b c " Man of Colours
Man of Colours
(import bonus tracks) credits". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-05.  ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. CRAZY ^ Man of Colours, Debut Single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_edMrnWIRFk.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/gracebawden.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Vlach,Anna,Adelaide Confidential,"Iva shows good grace", 25 August 2009 ^ Rage Playlist http://www.abc.net.au/rage/archive/s2676589.htm.  Missing or empty title= (help)

Preceded by Diesel and Dust
Diesel and Dust
by Midnight Oil Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
number-one album 5 October - 20 December 1987 Succeeded by Freight Train Heart
Freight Train Heart
by Jimmy Barnes

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Icehouse

Iva Davies

Keith Welsh Don Brown Michael Hoste Anthony Smith John Lloyd Robert Kretschmer Guy Pratt Andy Qunta Glenn Krawczyk Simon Lloyd Paul Wheeler Roger Mason Paul Gildea Tony Llewellyn David Chapman Max Lambert Adrian Wallis

Studio albums

Icehouse Primitive Man Love In Motion Sidewalk Boxes Measure for Measure Man of Colours Code Blue Big Wheel The Berlin Tapes Bi-polar Poems

Compilations

Great Southern Land Masterfile The Singles Love In Motion No Promises Heroes White Heat: 30 Hits

EPs

Fresco EP Spin One

Singles

"Can't Help Myself" "We Can Get Together" "Walls" "Icehouse" "Love in Motion" "Great Southern Land" "Hey Little Girl" "Taking the Town" "Don't Believe Anymore" "No Promises" "Crazy" "Electric Blue" "Love in Motion" (feat. Christina Amphlett) "Great Southern Land" (remix) " Hey Little Girl
Hey Little Girl
'97 remixes"

Remix albums

Full Circle Meltdown

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