Sidewalk (album)

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Sidewalk
Studio album by Icehouse
Released June 26, 1984 (1984-06-26)
Recorded February 1984, EMI Studios 301, Sydney, Baby-Oh and El Dorado Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 45:09
Label Chrysalis/Regular
Producer Iva Davies
Icehouse chronology
Primitive Man
(1982)
Sidewalk
(1984)
Boxes
(1985)
Singles from Sidewalk
  1. "Taking the Town"
    Released: April 22, 1984 (1984-04-22)
  2. "Don't Believe Anymore"
    Released: July 31, 1984 (1984-07-31)
  3. "Dusty Pages"
    Released: November 2, 1984 (1984-11-02)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (1984) 1.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic (2002) 2.5/5 stars[2]

Sidewalk is the third album by Australian rock/synthpop band Icehouse. It was released in June 1984 on Regular Records / Chrysalis Records and reached #8 on the National albums chart with singles "Taking the Town" (#22 in May), "Don't Believe Anymore" (#22 August) and "Dusty Pages" (#82 November).[3] Founding member Iva Davies used the Fairlight CMI on this more sombre and reflective album,[4] included are two tracks used for the Russell Mulcahy 1984 film Razorback, which he had recorded in 1983.[5][6][7][8]

In 2002, Warner Music re-released the album, digitally remastered by Davies and Ryan Scott, with four bonus tracks.[5]

The 1984 Video Clip for "Takin' The Town" was filmed by Russell Mulchany in Sydney, and uses similar effects to Elton John's "Sad Songs (Say So Much)", filmed in Rushcutters Bay also by Russell Milchany when John was in Sydney for his first marriage.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Iva Davies.[9]

  1. "Taking The Town" – 3:34
  2. "This Time" – 4:15
  3. "Someone Like You" – 4:17
  4. "Stay Close Tonight" – 5:09
  5. "Don't Believe Anymore" – 5:18
  6. "Sidewalk" – 4:08
  7. "Dusty Pages" – 4:48
  8. "On My Mind" – 3:43
  9. "Shot Down" – 5:02^
  10. "The Mountain" – 4:52^

^ Originally used on the score for the Russell Mulcahy 1984 film Razorback.[5]

The 2002 reissue also featured bonus tracks:[5]

  1. "Java" – 4:54
  2. "Dance On" – 3:58
  3. "Dusty Pages" (Single Version) – 4:03
  4. "Taking The Town" (Extended Version) – 5:09

Singles[edit]

  • "Taking The Town" (#29 AUS)
  • "Don't Believe Anymore" (#31 AUS)
  • "Dusty Pages" (#82 AUS)

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1984 Australian Chart 8

Personnel[edit]

Credited to:[5][10]

Icehouse members

Additional musicians

Recording details

  • Engineer — Andy Hilton, Iva Davies
    • Assistant engineer — Jim Taig
  • Mixer — David Jerden, Iva Davies
  • Producer — John Brand, Iva Davies
  • Digital remastering (2002) — Iva Davies, Ryan Scott

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic (1984) review
  2. ^ Allmusic (2002) review
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Sidewalk (bonus tracks)". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Artist: Icehouse". Warner Music Australia. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Razorback trailer details". National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Razorback (1984) full cast & crew". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  9. ^ "APRA search engine". APRA. Retrieved 2008-06-27. [dead link] Note: requires user to input song title e.g. TAKING THE TOWN
  10. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.