Electric Blue (song)

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"Electric Blue"
"Electric Blue" Australian release
Single by Icehouse
from the album Man of Colours
B-side"Over My Head"
Released31 August 1987 (1987-08-31)
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
RecordedEMI Studio 301, Sydney
GenrePop rock, new wave
Songwriter(s)Iva Davies, John Oates
Producer(s)David Lord
Icehouse singles chronology
"Electric Blue"
"My Obsession"

"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, #53 on the UK singles charts, and #4 on the NZ Top 40 Singles chart in November 1987.[4] Released in August 1987, 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.[5]

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.[6] 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. The actress featured in the video is Paris Jefferson who also features in the Icehouse music video, "Crazy". She is best known for her leading roles in Xena: Warrior Princess, The Diamond of Jeru, A Will of Their Own and Anna Karenina.

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)


  1. ^ "APRA search engine". APRA. Archived from the original on May 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 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. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1987-11-15.
  5. ^ "Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown". Triple M. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  6. ^ "Meltdown credits". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-16.