The 5 finest moments in Icehouse's 'Electric Blue' film clip

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As Icehouse's smash hit album Man Of Colours turns 30, Myf Warhurst examines part of what made it special.

Icehouse's classic album Man Of Colours remains one of the highest selling records in Australian history. When it was released in 1987, it spent 11 weeks in the number one spot on the charts and its five singles all landed in the Top 30 upon their release.

No single was bigger than 'Electric Blue', though. It hit number one in Australia, cracked the top ten in the USA and remains one of the band's most enduring songs. 

It also has an amazing film clip.

 

So, to celebrate this significant Man Of Colours anniversary, Myf Warhurst has broken down the five greatest moments in the 'Electric Blue' film clip. Please enjoy.

The Mullet

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This clip pulls no punches, going in hard from the outset to focus on the true star of this clip, Iva Davies’ Stunning Mullet.

When it came to hair in the ‘80s, Davies was Top Poodle, literally and figuratively, and he flaunted those feathery locks with reckless and confident abandon in this clip. At the time, this was much to the chagrin of me and my friends, because no amount of Final Net hairspray would ever get us close to imitating the majesty of Iva’s locks.

Iva’s magnificent barnet also raised some of the most pressing questions of the day: was it a loose gentleman’s perm or was it natural?  This question kept us up at night then, and frankly, it still does now.

It’s a travesty that this hairstyle has not been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.  

Sydney

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There was no more ‘80s place in the ‘80s, in the world, than Sydney, in the ‘80s. Sydney was blisteringly hot in the ‘80s. Even David Bowie moved there for a while.

So much pastel, chrome, high cut bikinis, hard bodies, pleated chinos, terracotta tiles. From our suburban or regional homes, we teenagers would pore over the raunchy Rennie Ellis photos of champagne and powder fuelled Bondi parties.

The closest we came to such sophistication was when mum served Moccona coffee to the guests and the Vienetta was rolled out for dessert. 

Icehouse knew Sydney was hot, and of course, put the city skyline in the background. Iconic. 

High bass and keytar

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In the ‘90s, if you wore your bass guitar (or pants, for that matter) high, you would be booted out of your grunge band, all because in the ‘80s, playing your bass from just under the neck was de rigueur.

In the ‘80s, if your bass playing hand didn’t look like it was fondling the instrument in a deeply sensual way, you’d failed.

In this clip, there’s full fiddle fingers, plus the added bonus of the keytar; the instrument that thought that if it was played like a guitar it could be just as cool as a guitar. Sadly, nope. 

Leather jackets for everyone!

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Shoulder padded, rocker, bomber style, they’re all here in this clip, as everyone clearly got the memo that they should don a leather jacket for the shoot. No worries if it was bought on the cheap at nearby Paddy’s Market.

The piece de resistance here is, of course, Iva’s double leather ensemble at the end, where he tops his zipped up a rocker leather jacket with a full length, Driza-Bone style leather number.

A tip of the cap to Farnsey, perhaps, who made this stunning look famous.

It’s getting hot in here, pass me the smelling salts. 

The wall dance/sunset sax solo

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Hot ‘80s bird in clip does some sort of roll around manoeuvre on a brick wall teamed with a saxophone played against a pastel background. Classic ‘80s. Well played, Icehouse, well played.

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