|Man of Colours|
|Studio album by|
|Released||AUS: 21 September 1987|
United States: 22 September 1987
|Recorded||February - May 1987|
|Studio||E.M.I. Studios 301 and Trash Studios, Sydney, Australia and Crescent Studios, Bath, England|
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
|Length||44:36 AUS 1987 LP|
56:45 AUS 1987 CD
|Label||Regular / Chrysalis|
|Singles from Man of Colours|
|Man of Colours|
1988 Black-sleeve release (Regular Records)
Man of Colours is Australian rock/synthpop band Icehouse's best-selling album, which was released locally on 21 September 1987 on Regular Records / Chrysalis Records. The album peaked at #1 on the Australian album charts for 11 weeks from 5 October 1987 and has sold over 700,000 copies. "Electric Blue" was their only Australian #1 single, the release of the album and its five singles marked the zenith of Icehouse's commercial success, both locally and internationally. Several other songs from the album also charted well.
Founding Icehouse member Iva Davies (vocals, guitars, keyboards, Fairlight CMI, Cor Anglais) was joined by Robert Kretschmer (guitars), Andy Qunta (keyboards, piano), Simon Lloyd (reeds, brass, keyboards, programming), Stephen Morgan (bass guitar) and Paul Wheeler (drums, percussion) in recording the album from February 1987.
It was the first Australian album to supply five top 30 hit singles "Crazy" (#4 in July), "Electric Blue" (co-written by Davies and John Oates of US band Hall & Oates) (#1, October), "My Obsession" (#12, December), "Man of Colours" (#28, February 1988) and "Nothing Too Serious" (#29, May 1988). With US chart success for "Crazy", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on its Mainstream Rock chart, and "Electric Blue" (#7 Hot 100, #10 Mainstream), the album Man of Colours reached #43 on the Billboard 200.
Man of Colours was lauded in Australia during 1988. The album won two ARIA Awards, 'Album of the Year' and 'Highest Selling Album'; the associated song "Electric Blue" won 'Most Performed Australasian Popular Work' at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards for its writers Davies and Oates.
The cover artwork, designed by Davies and Kretschmer, depicts a human figure holding three different coloured flowers. Different versions of the album have been released, the initial Australian release by Regular Records (see infobox above right) was as a ten track vinyl LP or as a music cassette or as a twelve track CD with two additional mixes of "Crazy". An alternate Limited Black Sleeve release depicted the cover art on a reversed background (see infobox bottom right) from Regular Records in Australia but had the same track listing. The US / UK release by Chrysalis Records had a different track order from the Australian LP, and the track lengths for the two big singles ("Crazy" and "Electric Blue") are longer on this version of the album. The 1997 Japanese CD version released by For Life Records had two different tracks added. In 2002, Warner Music Australia re-released Man of Colours, with Davies and Ryan Scott digitally remastering, including five bonus tracks. In Australia, the album was also offered on three limited edition coloured vinyl pressings, which were the colours of the flowers that the human figure on the cover was holding.
[* Denotes 1987 CD bonus tracks]
[** Denotes bonus tracks on Australian 2002 remastered version]
[* Denotes CD bonus tracks]
[* Denotes remix version on 1997 CD by For Life Records]
|New Zealand Chart||1|
|UK Album Chart||49|
|1987||"Crazy"||New Zealand Charts||24|
|1987||Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|1988||Billboard Hot 100||14|
|1988||UK Singles Chart||38|
|1988||"Electric Blue"||Billboard Hot 100||7|
|1988||Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|1988||New Zealand Charts||4|
|1988||"My Obsession"||Australian Chart||5|
|1988||New Zealand Chart||14|
|1988||Billboard Hot 100||88|
Australian-born classical-crossover soprano, Grace Bawden released a version of "Man of Colours" as her debut single. Her rendition of the track received Davies' blessing and was aired on national television program, Rage on 4 September 2009.