The Icicle Works
- 17 May Holmfirth Picturedrome
The Icicle Works By Arrangement with Selective Agency perform their eponymously named debut album and the Ian McNabb (with Crazy Horse) Mercury Music prize nominated album Head Like A Rock in their entirety to celebrate their respective 35th and 25th anniversaries...plus other favourites ! Emerging from the profligate network of Liverpudlian bands that existed during the punk rock and new wave era, the Icicle Works was formed by Ian McNabb. Taking their name from a science fiction short story - Frederik Pohl’s The Day The Icicle Works Closed Down - they made their recording debut with a six-track cassette, Ascending, released on the local Probe Plus emporium in 1981. The band then founded their own Troll Kitchen label on which they prepared ‘Nirvana’, their premier single. Gaining support from BBC disc jockey John Peel, they came to the attention of Beggars Banquet Records, initially through their Situation 2 offshoot. Their second single, ‘Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)’, was an ‘indie’ hit, but they had to wait for the next effort, ‘Love Is A Wonderful Colour’, to breach the UK Top 20. The subject matter was typically subverted by McNabb’s irony and cynicism (‘When love calls me, I shall be running swiftly, To find out, just what all the fuss is all about’). One of England’s most underrated and natural lyricists, McNabb’s cult status has continued into the new millennium, while his time with the Icicle Works has left a rich legacy of songwriting.