I first knew of Ivers as the host of the short-lived but highly-awesome post-punk live music TV show “New Wave Theater”, buy information pills 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.

Peter Ivers – “Terminal Love” LP (1974) (ZIP file)
Peter Ivers – s/t LP (1976) (ZIP file)

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857 Responses to PETER IVERS

  1. JUde says:

    fair enough to say Bobby Conn stole from Gary Wilson, James Chance, Black Randy and NOW ALSO Peter Ivers?

    I think so.

  2. Stiff Bang Pow says:

    “Captain Beefheart leading Chicago” might be the best way to describe Peter that I’ve ever heard.

  3. terminaltoy says:

    Although possibly vicious heresay, I read on some website (since deleted) that Peter Ivers was murdered by David Jove (co-manager of the New Wave Theater)… he confessed the crime on his deathbed, apparently. Also that David Jove was none other than David Schneidermann, the “Acid King” used as an agent provocateur/supplier in the Rolling Stone”s Redlands bust… America must be a weird country.

  4. Willie the Pimp says:

    I’d say that’s quite possibly vicious heresay, TT. The last I heard, Peter Ivers’ murder was still unsolved, a fact that bums me out but good, since I always loved his Terminal Love album; it’s one of my favorite records of the ’70s and more than just a sentimental favorite. May he rest in peace.

  5. bret says:

    Dunno — it’s the same heresay I’ve heard over the years, except that Jove hired someone to break into Ivers’ home and kill him in his sleep. BUT — it very possibly could’ve been a cat burglar, as the official line goes. Who knows? A turbulent story that deserves a bio-pic, eh?

  6. Do classical opera lovers enjoy contemporary opera in the same way?