The Icemen is a band I was not even aware of until recently, even though I knew three out of the four musicians involved. I recently ran into a gentleman by the name of Dave Owens at a memorial concert for the late great Johnny Norman. I knew of Dave as he was a member of Mad Gorilla but we’d never said more than a few words to each other a very long time ago. Dave was kind enough to get in touch with me and sent me a wonderful film clip of the Icemen shot in 1986.
It’s a true classic but I’ll let Dave take over:
“I got together with a friend of mine to transfer the VCR copy to DVD of “The Iceman” video we shot way back in 1986!. As I explained there are a few lines and crap on my copy but because it was shot in negative it may add to the effect funnily enough.
Shot by Coby Van Dorenstein on a hand held camera at Kurnell sand dunes, it features all 4 members – John Norman on Drums & Vocals, Paul Swain on Bass & Vocals, Mark Flack on Guitar & Vocals and Dave Owens on Guitar & Vocals – miming to a stereo recording we did at Mark’s place. I still have a stereo cassette of 12 original songs the band recorded at Mark’s place on his 4 track desk that I must get around to dubbing on to a CD for posterity.
Imagine – we had no gigs but we had an album’s worth of original tunes as well as an amateur video!! We were ready to go – and then I pursued a day job in Melbourne.
John & Paul kept playing in other bands as did Mark with the Gorilla’s. They went for another 6 years after i left and how about all the muso’s that went through Mad Gorilla after the original lineup changed?
Anyway, The Icemen DVD is enclosed as well as some happy snaps of you at Johns Benefit.”