Electric Blue (song)

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"Electric Blue"
"Electric Blue" Australian release
Single by Icehouse
from the album Man of Colours
A-side "Electric Blue"
B-side "Over My Head"
Released 31 August 1987 (1987-08-31)
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded EMI Studio 301, Sydney
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Label Regular
Chrysalis
Writer(s) Iva Davies, John Oates
Producer(s) David Lord
Icehouse singles chronology
"Crazy"
(1987)
"Electric Blue"
(1987)
"My Obsession"
(1987)

"Electric Blue" is a 1987 hit single by the Australian rock / synthpop band Icehouse and was co-written by Iva Davies of Icehouse and John Oates[1] of the U.S. band Hall & Oates. The single reached number one on the Australian singles chart on 16 November 1987,[2] #7 on the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 21 May 1988,[3] #10 on the Canadian Singles Chart and #53 on the UK singles charts. Released in August it was the second single from their number one album Man of Colours on Regular Records in Australia and, with a slightly different cover, on Chrysalis Records for European and North American releases. It is played regularly on Australian radio stations and remains one of their most popular songs according to listeners of Triple M in 2007.[4]

John Oates became involved with Davies after contacting him to state he was a fan. The resulting collaboration produced this song and Oates has stated that if Davies had not released the song under the Icehouse name then it would have been a Hall and Oates track.

In Australia, "Electric Blue" was available for a limited time on 7 inch blue vinyl.

A remix version by Skipraiders was released on the Icehouse album Meltdown in 2002.[5] In July 2007, it was covered by pop artist Steve Ward at the Pink Lemonade Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser.

On 5 September 2011, "Electric Blue" re-entered the Australian (ARIA) Singles Chart at #80.


Music video[edit]

The music video for "Electric Blue" was shot on the roof of 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, Sydney Australia. It is now the Teachers Federation House. [6]

Track listing[edit]

Australian release (7")[edit]

  1. "Electric Blue"
  2. "Over My Head"

Australian release (12")[edit]

  1. "Electric Blue" (Extended mix)
  2. "Electric Blue" (7" version)
  3. "Electric Blue" (Dub Version Mix)
  4. "Over My Head"

UK release (12")[edit]

  1. "Electric Blue" (Extended Mix)
  2. "Electric Blue" (Dub Mix)
  3. "Over My Head"

UK (CD single)[edit]

  1. "Electric Blue" (Extended Mix)
  2. "Crazy" (Manic Mix)
  3. "Over My Head"

US (12")[edit]

  1. "Electric Blue" (Extended Mix)
  2. "Electric Blue" (Dub Mix)
  3. "Electric Blue" (Instrumental);
  4. "Electric Blue" (ST Edit)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "APRA search engine". APRA. Retrieved 2008-07-01. [dead link] Note: requires user to input song title e.g. ELECTRIC BLUE
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Billboard Music Charts - Search Results - Icehouse". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown". Triple M. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Meltdown credits". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUFOVu1CurM