Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Icehouse -- "Crazy"

(Not Available on iTunes)

(Debuted October 17, 1987, Peaked #14, 20 Weeks on the Chart)

Things I learned from listening to Rick Dees' weekly countdown during the late 1980s:

"Icehouse" is a slang term for a sanitarium or a center for patients with psychological problems (funny that I can remember that and not the lessons from my algebra class). That said, it's interesting that a group with such a  name would release a single called "Crazy."

Actually, this song is more in the mold of the old Groucho Marx saying: "I wouldn't want to belong to a club that would have someone like me as a member" than it is about a person who's possibly insane.

The band had several hits in their native Australia, but only a handful of singles reached the U.S. pop chart between 1980 and 1989. "Crazy" was the first of their two American Top 40 hits, both from 1988. The song was co-written by John Oates, who was keeping busy as his partner Daryl Hall was trying a solo career.

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