Primitive Man (album)

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Primitive Man
1982 Australian release (Regular Records)
Studio album by Icehouse
Released 6 September 1982 (1982-09-06)
Recorded May 1982, Paradise Studios, Sydney; Westlake Audio, Eldorado and Musicland West Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Synthpop
Length 42:45
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Iva Davies, Keith Forsey
Icehouse chronology
Icehouse
(1980)
Primitive Man
(1982)
Fresco EP
(1983)
Singles from Primitive Man
  1. "Great Southern Land"
    Released: August 30, 1982 (1982-08-30)
  2. "Hey Little Girl"
    Released: November 15, 1982 (1982-11-15)
  3. "Street Cafe"
    Released: March 21, 1983 (1983-03-21)
  4. "Uniform"
    Released: 1983 (U.S./Euro release only)
Love in Motion
1983 UK release (Chrysalis Records)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Primitive Man is an album by the Australian synthpop band Icehouse, released in September 1982. In January 1982, Icehouse founder Iva Davies started recording Primitive Man essentially as a solo project,[3] it was co-produced with Keith Forsey[4] who later worked with Simple Minds and Billy Idol. Forsey supplied additional percussion; Davies supplied vocals, lead guitar, keyboards (Sequential Circuits Prophet-5), bass guitar and programmed the Linn drum machine.[5] Released as an Icehouse album, Primitive Man reached #3 on the National album charts[6] and provided their international breakthrough single, "Hey Little Girl" which peaked at #7 in Australia,[6] #2 in Switzerland,[7] #5 in Germany,[8] Top 20 in UK,[9] Sweden and Netherlands,[3] and #31 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[10] Another single "Great Southern Land" made the Australian Top 5,[6] it was later featured in the 1988 Yahoo Serious film Young Einstein,[11] and remains their most popular song according to listeners of Triple M in 2007.[12] To promote Primitive Man on tour, Davies re-assembled Icehouse with Michael Hoste (keyboards) and John Lloyd (drums), and new members: Bob Kretschmer (guitar, backing vocals), Guy Pratt (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Andy Qunta (keyboards, backing vocals).[4]

After the United Kingdom Top 20 chart success of "Hey Little Girl" the album was re-released as Love In Motion in 1983 and contained the same tracks in different order except "Break These Chains" being replaced by "Love in Motion"; the alternate cover work was a still from the Russell Mulcahy directed video for "Hey Little Girl" (see infobox below right).[13][14] In 1996, Icehouse released a compilation album called Love in Motion on dIVA / Massive Records, which contains "Love in Motion" but does not have any material from the original Australian release of Primitive Man.

Primitive Man represented a slight departure from earlier material and a move from the more rock based style of their first album to the synth based, more atmospheric albums such as Sidewalk and Measure for Measure. This style is exemplified in "Hey Little Girl", a very relaxed, introspective song which reflects the overall tone of the album punctuated by the heavier "Glam" and the more dance based "Mysterious Thing". The final track "Goodnight Mr. Matthews" was Iva Davies by his own account directly referencing John Lennon's songwriting and singing style for the first and only time.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Iva Davies.[16]

1982 Australian release[edit]

  1. "Great Southern Land" - 5:19
  2. "Uniform" - 4:14
  3. "Hey Little Girl" - 4:25
  4. "Street Cafe" - 4:13
  5. "Glam" (Instrumental) - 3:27
  6. "Trojan Blue" - 5:03
  7. "One By One" - 4:02
  8. "Break These Chains" - 3:43
  9. "Mysterious Thing" - 4:26
  10. "Goodnight Mr. Matthews" - 4:00 (This is a re-recording of the B-side to the 1981 single "Love in Motion".)

The album was re-issued on CD (CD 38443) in 1983 with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Over The Line" (B-side to "Street Cafe" single) - 2:46
  2. "Uniform" (German Version) (B-side to "Great Southern Land" single) - 4:06
  3. "Glam" (12" Version) (Instrumental) (B-side to "Hey Little Girl" 12" single)- 6:34
  4. "Hey Little Girl" (12" Version) - 6:59

The 2002 remastered CD (0927489822) contained the following alternative bonus tracks:

  1. "Over The Line" (B-side to "Street Cafe" single) - 2:46
  2. "Glam" (12" Version) (B-side to "Hey Little Girl" 12" single) - 6:34
  3. "Uniform" (12" German version) - 6:08
  4. "Street Cafe" (Single Mix) - 4:14
  5. "Love in Motion" (USA Recording) - 3:37
  6. "Can't Help Myself" (Live) - 5:39
  7. "We Can Get Together" (Live) - 3:55

1983 US / UK release[edit]

The US (1982) release was titled Primitive Man but in the UK (1983) was re-titled Love in Motion and had the alternate cover.

  1. "Uniform" - 4:15
  2. "Street Cafe" - 4:13
  3. "Hey, Little Girl" - 4:25
  4. "Glam" (Instrumental) - 3:27
  5. "Great Southern Land" - 5:19
  6. "Trojan Blue" - 5:03
  7. "Love in Motion" - 4:02
  8. "Mysterious Thing" - 4:26
  9. "One By One" - 4:03
  10. "Goodnight Mr. Matthews" - 4:00

Singles[edit]

  • "Love In Motion" c/w "Goodnight Mr. Matthews" (#10 Aus)
  • "Great Southern Land" c/w "Uniform" (German version) (#5 Aus, #83 UK)
  • "Hey Little Girl" c/w "Glam" (Extended Dance Mix) (#6 Aus, #5 Germany, #17 UK, #31 U.S.)
  • "Street Cafe" c/w "Over The Line" (#57 Aus, #28 Germany)
  • "Uniform" c/w "Mysterious Thing" (#83 UK) US / European release only

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1982 Australian Chart 3
1982 New Zealand Album Chart 1
1982 Billboard Top Pop Albums 129
1983 United Kingdom Charts 64

Personnel[edit]

Credited to:[17]

Icehouse members

Additional musicians

Recording details

  • Mixing — Cameron Allan, Bob Clearmountain, Iva Davies, Keith Forsey
  • Engineer — Dave Jerden, Brian Reeves, David Price, Rick Butz
  • Produced — Iva Davies, Keith Forsey
  • Digital remastering (2002) — Iva Davies, Ryan Scott

Art work

  • Front Cover — Bill Tom
  • Sleeve & Back Cover Photography — Craig Dietz
  • Cover Concept — Janet Levinson, Iva Davies
  • Cover design (Love in Motion) — David Storey

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Primitive Man (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop (doc). Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original on 2003-05-17. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Masterfile". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  6. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Search results for:Icehouse". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  8. ^ "Search results for:Icehouse". musicline.de. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Icehouse on UK charts". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Billboard singles charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Young Einstein soundtrack listing". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown". Triple M. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  13. ^ Grech, Jason (2004-07-23). "An interview with Iva Davies". Countdown Memories. Retrieved 2008-06-16. [dead link]
  14. ^ Alex S. Garcia, ed. (2008). "Icehouse artist videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  15. ^ "Re: Iva's response - FROM INSIDE THE MIND OF MR MATTHEWS". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ "Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA)". APRA. Retrieved 2008-06-26. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Primitive Man (bonus tracks) credits". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-02.