Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Friday 80s Flashback for March 29, 2024

[(The) Icicle Works] -- Turning 40 years old last weekend, it's the eponymous debut album by UK new wave band, The Icicle Works. It was released on March 23, 1984, and it charted at #24 and #40 on the UK and US album charts respectively. The UK, US, and Canadian releases each had different artwork and track listings. Here are the covers for the UK, US, and Canada (note that the US release nixes the definite article, titling the album simply Icicle Works):

The best known single from this album is probably "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)," which had the reversed title, "Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)," in several markets, including the US. Also in the US, this song was the album's lead-off track rather than the penultimate track of the album's B-side. Despite being well-known, and it did reach #2 on the UK independent charts, it peaked at a lowly #89 on the UK singles chart, while a reworked version barely made it inside the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100. "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" is actually The Icicle Works' biggest hit to date, peaking at #15 on the UK Singles Chart in late 1983 (a pre-release for the album). 

A sampling of the lyrics on this Good Friday:

Love is a beacon, on the horizon,
Watch when you touch down,
Reality finds you fumbling for reasons,
when the chance comes 'round

The Icicle Works never really flirted with US charts again after this album, but the UK embraced the rest of their 1980s records. The band broke up in 1991, but reunited in 2006 and still performs together, though they have not released any new material since 1990. 

FlashbackThe Icicle Works (March 23, 1984)

And that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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