Icehouse

We Can Get Together

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This three-song 10" EP highlights the best track from Icehouse's debut album and adds a pair of interesting early tracks that show surprising facets of the Australian band's formative stages. "We Can Get Together" is subtly but gratifyingly remixed, bringing forward Iva Davies' antsy vocals and the maddeningly insistent backing vocal hook that's the best part of the song. This song is such a brilliant slice of early-'80s pop that, in retrospect, it's a shame that Davies' Bryan Ferry obsession got the best of him; clearly, Icehouse could have been a less silly Men at Work, or perhaps a less pretentious version of the Church. Of the two B-sides, "Send Somebody" is the more surprising; a straightforward riff-rocker with a surprisingly rough Davies vocal and an honest-to-goodness rawkin' guitar solo, it's indistinguishable from Bryan Adams' early hits. Not that this is a bad thing, it's just not what one expects from the chilly austerity and new wave simplicity of Icehouse's first album. The nearly six-minute "Paradise Lost," on the other hand, is a hypnotic drone with nearly inaudible vocals, watery steel guitar, and a heartbeat pulse that hints at a more experimental side than Davies ever showed on any of Icehouse's albums. It would not sound out of place on an early Eyeless in Gaza or China Crisis record. Neither track is positively essential, but both will be fascinating to fans.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:37
2 3:38
3 5:54
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