The 80s Come Alive: Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) The Icicle Works

IcicleWorks I'll admit that, while I appreciate The Icicle Works, I don't really know that much about them outside of a few select tracks that I heard around the house growing up. Of course, one of those tracks was Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream), which we're featuring today. As I've been digging around the net I've found a few morsels of interesting tidbits of (verifiable) info, including a stint in the group's drum seat by Ringo's kid, Zak Starkey, in the late 80s. As far as info that may or may not be true but seems to be the consensus on fan boards: founding member/guitarist/vocalist Ian McNabb is a bit of a tool. 'Ego driven', 'megalomaniac', and 'washed up', were just some of the words used to describe him, and that's coming from fans of the band. After the two other original members of The Icicle Works left in the mid to late 80s, (bassist Chris Layhe and drummer Chris Sharrock), McNabb took over all songwriting duties as well as playing many of the instruments himself on future albums. It didn't take long for The Icicle Works to sputter out, and by the early 90s McNabb was recording under his own name, but tried again in 2006 to launch The Icicle Works (minus Layhe and Sharrock) with little success.

But let's not dwell on the negatives. Enjoy this performance of Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream), recorded by the original line-up before the band imploded.

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on November 28, 2010, in The 80s and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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