ICICLE WORKS: Reason #478 Why The ‘80’s Didn’t Suck

One hit wonders are usually labeled as such due to the fact only one song made an impression in whatever country labeled them that in the first place. It’s a derogatory, over generalized statement that is used far too often, and most often refers to bands from the 1980’s. It makes it easier for compilers of those horrid “I Love The ‘80s!” CD’s and often pigeonholes bands that don’t deserve it. Of course there are those bands that deserve it, but I contend that far more don’t. Flock Of Seagulls, yes; Adam Ant, no.

One such band that has been relegated to the ‘where are they now and who cares’ files is the Icicle Works. Here was a band that put out a freakishly amazing debut album with one breakout hit (Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)) and then disappeared off of the face of the earth. Apparently.

They didn’t, though. They went on to produce 4 more well received albums up until around 1990, never quite reaching the heights of that debut, and lead singer/songwriter Ian McNabb has been releasing solo stuff…good solo stuff…ever since.

But back to that debut, eh? Whisper To A Scream’s a good song, but not nearly as good as the album cuts. Chop The Tree, Nirvana and When The Dragonfly Flies are amazing examples of soaring rave-ups while Lover’s Day and Love Is A Wonderful Color are two examples of classic UK rock. I’ve always loved the ballad Out Of Season as well, and I don’t cotton too much to ballads, especially from the ‘80’s, but this one is special.

This is an album to hunt down and devour.