Last week after hosting Little Radio’s Aquarium Drunkard Show, I stuck around for the first half of the The Garden Fence of Sound show which directly follows mine. Regular host Dave Newton was out, but his fill-in played some great stuff — including this track. It turns out I missed out on 14 Iced Bears during their run in the Eighties, but I was immediately attracted to the tune “Sure To See” off the In The Beginning LP.

Here is some bio info courtesy of “Formed in 1985 by Rob Sekula, The 14 Iced Bears ably blended shambolic pop with a psychedelic punk edge that set them apart from their C86 contemporaries. Inspired by bands like the Stooges, Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators and Echo & the Bunnymen, Sekula injected the then-nascent indie-pop sound with a twisted dose of noise and experimental menace. While still owing plenty to the Byrds/Ramones influences evident in the output of labels like Creation and Pink, it was this dark 60s flavor that always set the ‘Bears apart.”

MP3: 14 Iced Bears :: Sure To See
Amazon: 14 Iced Bears – In The Beginning

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