Hollow Horse – The Icicle Works (1984)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Hollow Horse by The Icicle Works. The record was released in 1984, on the Beggars Banquet record label and has been reworked into the the shape of a Trojan Horse.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Icicle Works, Indie rock,  Horses, Greek Legend or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Hollow Horse
Media Artist/s: The Icicle Works
Record Label: Beggars Banquet
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Rock / Indie Rock

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Additional information about this, The Icicle Works vinyl art.

The Icicle Works – The Artist

The Icicle Works are an English alternative rock band and were named after the 1960 short story “The Day the Icicle Works Closed” by science fiction author Frederik Pohl.The band was founded in Liverpool in 1980 when bassist Chris Layhe answered an advertisement for a musical collaborator placed by 20-year-old Ian McNabb. The two got together and started writing. They quickly added drummer Chris Sharrock and began playing live shows as “The Icicle Works”. They had a top 20 UK hit with “Love Is a Wonderful Colour” (1983). In the US and Canada, they had only one top 40 hit, the 1984 single “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)”. Led by singer/songwriter Ian McNabb, the band released five albums from 1984 to 1990 before breaking up in 1991. McNabb later convened a revised line-up of the band in 2006 to play live shows; this revised Icicle Works line-up still plays sporadic live dates.

Hollow Horse – The Song

‘Hollow Horse’ is a song by English Alternative rock band, The Icicle Works. It was written by McNabb and Layhe. It was a single from their second studio album,The Small Price of a Bicycle. Lyrically the song is about a man who idolises a woman who doesn’t reciprocate his love so he attempts to get to know her better surreptitiously. This is highlighted in the lyrics ‘In a hollow horse I’ll steal my way inside your guarded heart.’

The Trojan Horse – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a hollow horse. The Trojan Horse, according to legend, was a giant hollow horse in which Greeks hid to gain entrance to Troy. It is used metaphorically to mean any trick or strategy that causes a target to invite a foe into a securely protected place, or to deceive by appearance, hiding malevolent intent in an outwardly benign exterior.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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