Icehouse’s Iva Davies Feted with Queen’s Birthday Honour
Iva Davies, frontman of storied Australian alternative rock group Icehouse, has been recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published Monday.
The artist, whose hits include “Crazy,” "Hey Little Girl," "Great Southern Land," and "Electric Blue,” was named a Member (AM) of the Order Of Australia for “significant service to the music and entertainment industry as a songwriter and performer, and to the community.”
Icehouse were one of the biggest acts to break from Australia in the '80s. In the U.K., "Hey Little Girl" was a top 20 hit in 1983 on the Chrysalis label. The band's biggest U.S. commercial peak came in 1988, when "Crazy" (EMI) cracked the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and "Electric Blue reached No. 7.
To date, Icehouse has enjoyed more than 20 top-40 singles Down Under, six have cracked The Billboard Hot 100 and five tracks have appeared in the U.K. top 75 chart.
The group has landed eight studio albums in the top-10 in Australia -- for 28-time platinum certification.
Icehouse’s legendary status was confirmed in 2006 when it was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, being described as “one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s and 90s.…With an uncompromising approach to music production they created songs that ranged from pure pop escapism to edgy, lavish synthesized pieces.” In that year, the group’s 1987 album was still the highest-selling album in Australia by a homegrown band.
Davies has composed for films, ballet, TV and special events and for many years he’s worked as an ambassador and fundraiser for various charities, including the Salvation Army, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, the Special Olympics and Music Assist. In 2009, after more than a decade in hiatus, his act returned to the stage for the 2009 Sydney leg of the Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert.
Davies reunited Icehouse in 2011 and rolled-out a re-issue program, starting with the seminal debut “Icehouse,” (the band was then known as Flowers). A hits set, “White Heat,” opened at No. 5 on the ARIAs albums chart in August 2011 and was gold-certified within two weeks of release. The single “Great Southern Land” returned to the singles sales chart.
The awards—a system established by Queen Elizabeth II of England and the commonwealth states, which include Australia, in recognition of special achievements by the country's citizens—usually coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's birthday.
Davies is the most prominent musician in this year's list.
Also honored is Mike Brady, composer of Australian rules football anthem “Up There Cazaly,” who was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia "for significant service to the community, and to music as a composer and performer".