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Icehouse - Electric Blue (1987)

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"Electric Blue" is a 1987 hit single by the Australian rock / synthpop band Icehouse and was co-written by Iva Davies of ...

"Electric Blue" is a 1987 hit single by the Australian rock / synthpop band Icehouse and was co-written by Iva Davies of Icehouse and John Oates of the U.S. band Hall & Oates. The single reached number one on the Australian singles chart on 16 November 1987, #7 on the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 21 May 1988, #10 on the Canadian Singles Chart, #53 on the UK singles charts, and #4 on the NZ Top 40 Singles chart in November 1987. Released in August 1987, it was the second single from their number one album Man of Colours on Regular Records in Australia, and, with a slightly different cover, on Chrysalis Records for European and North American releases. In Australia, "Electric Blue" was available for a limited time on 7 inch blue vinyl. It is played regularly on Australian radio stations and remains one of their most popular songs according to listeners of Triple M in 2007.

John Oates became involved with Davies after contacting him to state he was a fan. The resulting collaboration produced this song and Oates has stated that if Davies had not released the song under the Icehouse name then it would have been a Hall and Oates track.

The American indie rock band, The Killers, performed the song in a livestream in August 2020, which Davies later called, "the most impressive" cover he'd seen.

Music video

The music video for "Electric Blue" was shot on the roof of the New South Wales Teachers Federation building at 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. The actress featured in the video is Paris Jefferson who also features in the Icehouse music video, "Crazy".

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