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The Icicle Works

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"The Icicle Works were an English alternative rock band of the 1980s. Named after the 1960 short story "The Day the Icicle Works Closed" by science fiction author Frederik Pohl, The Icicle Works joined Liverpool's early 1980s 'neo-psychedelia' wave, which also propelled Echo & the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes to stardom..

Such a description only hints at the breadth and depth of the music produced by this solid three-piece Liverpool band. Founded in 1980 by bassist Chris Layhe, their lineup was cemented by the additional of vocalist I ...read more

According to Wikipedia:

"The Icicle Works were an English alternative rock band of the 1980s. Named after the 1960 short story "The Day the Icicle Works Closed" by science fiction author Frederik Pohl, The Icicle Works joined Liverpool's early 1980s 'neo-psychedelia' wave, which also propelled Echo & the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes to stardom..

Such a description only hints at the breadth and depth of the music produced by this solid three-piece Liverpool band. Founded in 1980 by bassist Chris Layhe, their lineup was cemented by the additional of vocalist Ian McNabb and drummer Chris Sharrock (who later occupied the percussionist's seat with The La's, The Wild Swans and The Lightniing Seeds, and in recent years, Robbie Williams and Oasis. He currently drums for Liam Gallagher's band, The Beady Eye).

Their biggest UK hit, 1983's "Love is a Wonderful Colour", was a UK Top 15 single. Their debut eponymous album (1984) followed shortly thereafter, reached number 24 on the UK charts and entered the U.S. top 40. In the USA, they appeared on the U.S. top 40 singles charts at around the same time (and hitting the Canadian top twenty) with "Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)".

After the release of their self-titled debut album the Icicle Works struggled to match their initial commercial success. However, they continued to receive wide critical acclaim as a live band and secured a loyal fan base both in the UK and abroad. Some have attributed the lack of commercial success to The Icicle Works' change in sound over the years, from an initial 'new wave' feel to a more straight-ahead (but then-unfashionable) rock sound inspired by Neil Young, The Doors, and the Ramones, amongst others.

After 4 diverse yet powerful releases, the original lineup disbanded, with McNabb going on to put out one final studio release using the band name. « hide

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