As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!

 

Icehouse

Regular readers of the Analog Kid blog know about my sometimes-scarily-obsessive love of the Australian band Icehouse. Not a regular reader, you say? You can catch up on all things Icehouse right here:

https://theanalogkidblog.com/2014/02/27/the-lost-boys-hard-to-find-80s-albums-icehouses-measure-for-measure/

https://theanalogkidblog.com/2013/10/18/you-gotta-be-out-of-your-mind-not-to-like-icehouse/

In early 1983, Icehouse released the 12″ E.P. Fresco in North America. Fresco didn’t contain any new material, but it did contain a few songs that had yet to be released in this part of the world. “Break These Chains” appeared on the original Australian version of 1982’s Primitive Man, but was cut from the U.S. release in favor of 1981’s “Love In Motion.” “Street Cafe” did appear on Primitive Man, but the version on Fresco was completely remixed. The E.P. also contained the 7″ version of “Hey Little Girl,” the album instrumental “Glam,” and the great b-side “Over The Line.”

To my knowledge, Fresco has never been released on CD. I created a new rip from my original vinyl copy earlier this week, and I have to admit that it sounds pretty fantastic. I hope you agree, and maybe it will inspire you to dig a little deeper into the catalog of one of my favorite bands.

 

Fresco [U.S. 12_] [320 kbps] 2

Icehouse: Fresco [U.S. 12″ E.P.]

Chrysalis Records, 1983

320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Break These Chains” (Iva Davies)

Break These Chains

2. “Hey Little Girl” (Iva Davies)

Hey Little Girl

3. “Over The Line” (Iva Davies)

Over The Line

4. “Street Cafe” (Iva Davies)

Street Cafe

5. “Glam” (Iva Davies)

Glam

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

 

Primitive Man

Icehouse: “Street Cafe” (Iva Davies)

Street Cafe

Icehouse: “Hey Little Girl” (Iva Davies)

Hey Little Girl

Icehouse: “Love In Motion” (Iva Davies)

Love In Motion

Taken from the album Primitive Man

Chrysalis Records, 1982

 

Icehouse_ Singles & B-Sides

Icehouse: “Hey Little Girl” [Special Extended Remix] (Iva Davies)

From the U.S. Promo 12″ Hey Little Girl

Chrysalis Records, 1982

Hey Little Girl [Special Extended Remix]

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