Icehouse, Man Of Colours (1987)
I can remember when I first heard this album. It was the last day of primary school. A hot December Friday in Havelock North; we were allowed to leave early because usually we found out what class we would be in the next year – but with the completion of an entire school it was on to (apparently) bigger and (allegedly) better things the following year, a whole new school. Intermediate. I walked home. And I could hear this album blasting down the street – at least four or five houses away. Mum used to blast music from this old Pye turntable (Series 9, I believe) with big, fuck-off speakers. The speakers were too heavy for me to lift. The lid of the turntable was like lifting a heavy tree-branch to push past. It created such a huge sound – and it was the sound that got me through life. Music pulsed from the house all the time – housework was completed with a record on (to be heard over the vacuum cleaner); people came around for BBQs (wine-cooler but no reggae-lite!) and/or pool-parties and there was always music. A new LP was purchased most weeks – and it was Icehouse for my last day of primary school. Man Of Colours was brand new and the title song, Crazy and Electric Blue were all huge hits. Nothing Too Serious as well. Yes, the best Icehouse material is the stuff from earlier – but this album will always get a pass from me because I remember that very first time I heard it. And if I play it now (I still have the same copy of the LP that mum was playing, reading a book by the pool, waiting for her youngest son to skip in through the door, primary school already just some memories) I can see myself walking up the road towards home, anticipating the weeks of freedom that the Christmas holidays always offered, smiling at the fact that my mum’s music was being broadcast to the tiny little world of my street.
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