Sidewalk (album)

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

Sidewalk is the third studio album by Australian rock band Icehouse. It was originally released in June 1984, on the labels Chrysalis, Regular, and reached No. 8 on the National albums chart with singles "Taking the Town" (No. 29 in May), "Don't Believe Anymore" (No. 31 August) and "Dusty Pages" (No. 82 November).[3] Founding member Iva Davies used the Fairlight CMI digital sampling synthesizer 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] This is the first album that bassist Guy Pratt had worked on whom at the time was a member of the band. Pratt would later become a session musician, and go on to work with artists such as Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Madonna and Michael Jackson.[9]

The music video for "Taking the Town" was filmed by Russell Mulcahy in Sydney, and used similar effects to Elton John's "Sad Songs (Say So Much)", filmed in Rushcutters Bay also by Russell Mulcahy when John was in Sydney for his first marriage. It did not feature Icehouse's then-keyboardist Andy Qunta, instead it featured a look-alike with his back to the camera.

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

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Iva Davies.[10]

  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

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[5][11]

Icehouse
Additional musicians
Production
  • Iva Davies – producer; engineer; mixing
  • John Brand – producer
  • Andy Hilton – engineer
  • Jim Taig – assistant engineer
  • David Jerden – mixing

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart 8
German Albums Chart 39

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. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original (doc) 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. ^ biography, retrieved 22 September 2015 
  10. ^ "APRA search engine". APRA. Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. TAKING THE TOWN
  11. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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