I first knew of Ivers as the host of the short-lived but highly-awesome post-punk live music TV show “New Wave Theater”, and wasn’t surprised to find that he had an interesting solo recording artist career as well. You can hear him on the “Eraserhead” soundtrack singing “In Heaven (The Lady In The Radiator Song)”, but his solo stuff is a lot different, and will please anyone in the mood for offbeat ’70s singer-songwriter rock weirdness. Scaruffi sez:
“Boston native Peter Ivers was a member of psychedelic act Beacon Street Union. When they disbanded, Ivers recorded a solo album, ‘Knight Of The Blue Communion’ (Epic, 1969), a religious concept. A surreal parade of jazz, psychedelic, pop, classical and vaudeville vignettes with wildly eclectic arrangements and feverish rhythms, featuring an opera singer and electronic “modulations”, it evokes Frank Zappa’s most eccentric moments and the United States Of America in their most juvenile mood. Ivers recorded a follow-up, ‘Take It Out on Me’ (Epic, 1971), but the label never released the music, except for the single ‘Ain’t That Peculiar/ Clarence O’Day’ (Epic, 1971).
After relocating to Los Angeles, Ivers returned to recording with ‘Terminal Love’ (Warner, 1974), a collection of demented pop-jazz ballads, like Captain Beefheart leading Chicago. ‘Peter Ivers’ (Warner, 1976) was his stab at the singer-songwriter model of the 1970s. In included the single ‘Eighteen And Dreaming’ (Warner, 1976). The single ‘Love Theme from Filmex’ (1980) was his last release.“