My Top 1000 Songs #420: Whisper To A Scream
File this one under "High School-era Songs I Still Love Because They Remind Me Of High School (Or At Least The Good Parts)."
"Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)" is a pretty amazing 1983 single, later issued on The Icicle Works' 1984 self-titled debut. For added confusion, the original UK release had the title reversed--i.e. "Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)"--and a different introduction than the US counterpart; plus their US label deleted the "The" from the band's name a la The Facebook. But whatever.
The Liverpool-originated band sounds a bit like fellow Liverpudlians Echo & The Bunnymen--distinctly New Wave, but more guitar- than keyboard-oriented. They actually had a handful of solid albums, ranging from U2-flavored grandeur to Smiths-tinged jangle (I really like the 1985 follow-up The Small Price Of A Bicycle); but if we're being honest, yeah, this is the one song I still find myself tossing onto playlists with some regularity. And what a song! Joyously catchy, some nifty percussion, and for all its personal high school associations, it avoids some of the 80s touchstones that would make it sound dated.Live on the BBC 1983:Live in 2019: