Sunday, April 20, 2014

IAN McNABB: Ten Reasons...

10 Reasons Why You Should Love:


There are many of you that will see the name IAN McNABB and say "I can think of way more than 10 reasons to love the guy's music!" And to that, I will most definitely agree. But this post is not aimed at those familiar with his 30+ year professional career - this is aimed at those who may be vaguely familiar with him or not recognize his name at all.

For starters, Ian McNabb is from Liverpool.  Yes, land of The Beatles and A Flock Of Seagulls. And Echo & The Bunnymen. And The La's. And Yachts. And OMD.  And Deaf School.  And... oh, the list goes on and on.   Ian used to be the guitarist/singer from THE ICICLE WORKS, one of the finest and most diverse bands of the '80s.  Every IW album was different yet they all had that unmistakable voice front and center.  The original trio's final album, Blind, was released in '88. In 1990, the album Permanent Damage was released under the band's name, but it was really the start of McNabb's solo career.  At the time, I didn't think it sounded like an IW record (especially with 2/3rds of the original band missing in action), but once I heard Ian's solo material, it all fell into place....

Ian McNabb has not released a bad album in the 30 years he's been making them.  Every album has moments of absolute glory.  He has managed to blend influences like John Lennon, Marc Bolan and Neil Young and create that McNabb sound, which I will now refer to as McNabbian for the next 20 minutes.

"Oh, did you hear Ian's new album?  Very McNabbian, don't you think?"

Speaking of Neil Young, Ian recorded two albums in the '90s that featured a great deal of input from Crazy Horse!

If you are not picking up what I'm laying down, perhaps you need some examples of this tunesmith's finest moments?  Well, you are in luck because I just so happen to have 10 examples right here!

Go to and see what he is up to now.  I highly recommend the last three albums he's released (Eclectic Warrior, Little Episodes and Great Things), the first two of which are available on his site.

Oh, you're welcome!

P.S.  Choosing 10 was a real pain in the ass.  I originally chose 32 and whittled it down to these, which I feel would be a good representation of his talents.  I'm sure other fans would have chosen 10 others... or switched out a few, but they can do that on their own blogs!

1. THE ICICLE WORKS/"Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream"

2. IAN McNABB/You Must Be Prepared To Dream"

3. THE ICICLE WORKS/'Understanding Jane"

4. IAN McNABB/"No Hero To Me"

5. THE ICICLE WORKS/"Hollow Horse"

6. IAN McNABB/"Ancient Energy"

7. THE ICICLE WORKS/"Melanie Still Hurts"

8. IAN McNABB/"Camaraderie"

9. THE ICICLE WORKS/"Love Is A Wonderful Colour"

10. IAN McNABB/"Merseybeast"


11. IAN McNABB/"I Just Wanna Rock 'n' Roll My Life Away"

12. IAN McNABB/"The Human Heart And How It Works"

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