When I bought the debut album from the UK’s 14 Iced Bears back in 1988 (I think), it rocked my world. At the time I was only slightly aware that the kind of music they played – this manic pop thrill fuzzy punk pop was a part of this C86 indie pop culture. At the time, I was also a big fan of The Wedding Present, records like Primal Scream’s debut and The Pastels. Jim the record store guy at my favorite nearby shop didn’t have to tell me that “NME was really into this band” to sell me on the record. I was drawn into it by that mysterious cover (see above). Of course, when I got home and unwrapped the plastic on the record and put it on my it turntable it sort of stayed there for a while – until I gave it a girl to prove my undying rock and roll love for her. The end of that story though was – to quote from a country music classic – “she got the goldmine and I got the shaft.” I never saw that record again.
So it has completely blown my mind that the band is over in the States for a short reunion tour which brings them to Philly tomorrow night at The Barbary along with Philly’s Brown Recluse, a group who know a cool several things about indie-pop music themselves. Should be a delightful night. Here’s hoping one day 14 Iced Bears will re-release that debut album.
Buy some music 14 Iced Bears and Brown Recluse from Slumberland Records