Friday, 24 June 2011

Strange Covers - The Icicle Works




Two of the Icicle Works lps have just been re released in glorious 3 disc cd versions that include a number of b sides , tracks that haven't been released before as well as radio sessions and live versions.


It was on their b sides that they often recorded cover versions. This one comes from the re release of their 2nd lp A Small Price of a Bicycle. The lp was released with high hopes on the back of the success of Love is Wonderful Colour in the Uk and Birds Fly in the US.


If ever an lp was out of time it was this one. Whilst the charts were all about shiney pop and synths. Ian McNabb had grown his hair and tied his soaring choruses to a big west coast guitar sound.The Uk music press hated it and the band for some reason got a lot of negative press. Ten years later it would have sold in the bucket load.

This cover is a pretty straight forward reading of the Goffin / King classic Goin' Back




You can buy the re- released Small Price of a Bicycle here

2 comments:

  1. I simply love Icicle Works! I investigated them expecting to find a band moulded in the same post punk image as their Liverpool contemporaries only to find a band with a sound that forced me to engage in some musical roadmapping to figure out where they were coming from. Ian McNabb has always made music that suited him and offered his listeners an opportunity to come on his journey. It has certainly been an enjoyable trip!

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  2. Hi Echo

    also one of the best live bands going

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