Named after a novel, The Icicle Works joined Liverpool's early 80s 'Neo-Psychedelia' wave, which also propelled Echo And The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes to stardom. Less stellar but acclaimed nonetheless, The Icicle Works' biggest UK hit was 1983's 'Love Is A Wonderful Colour'. Debut Icicle Works (1984) reached the US Top 40, as did the extracted 'Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)', but The Small Price Of A Bicyle (1985), If You Want To Defeat His Enemy Sing His Song (1987) and Blind (1988) formed fewer ripples.

Drummer Chris Sharrock departed (to The La's, and later, Lightning Seeds), as did bassist Chris Layhe. Zak Starr, son of Ringo, briefly occupied the drumstool, while various keyboardists, bassists and a guitarist passed through before the band bowed out with Permanent Damage (1990). Vocalist and guitarist Ian McNabb's solo career included Truth And Beauty (1993), Head Like A Rock (1994)- featuring Neil Young's band Crazy Horse- and Merseybeast (1996).


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