Ian McNabb Plays Kinross Sept 2017
Ian McNabb Plays Backstage At The Green Hotel Kinross on Fri 22nd Sept and Saturday 23rd Sept 2017 for Mundell Music.
Ian will be playing 50 songs over two days!
One of the great singer/songwriters to emerge from the 80s Liverpool music scene. Founder/lead singer with the chart toppers The Icicle Works, famous for the UK and US Top 40 hits “Love Is A Wonderful Colour” and “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)”, Ian McNabb has gone on to enjoy a critically-acclaimed solo career. The Mercury Music Prize nominated artist continues to write stunning songs with warmth, humour, cynicism and grandeur.
Ian’s favourite LPs
1. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd.
I heard this when I was about 12 round at a friend’s house. His big brother had all the big rock albums of the day which were too grown up for us kids. I loved the way you didn’t know what the band looked like and the sleeve looked like a club I couldn’t get into. I’m no hippy but I still love this record. It’s a gas.
2. After The Goldrush – Neil Young
Didn’t hear this till I was about 20. It wasn’t cool to like Neil Young when I first got into him but now you can’t officially be cool unless you like Neil Young. Funny old world. Great Songs. Still sounds fresh. He’s never made a record as good.
3. Never Mind The Bollocks – Sex Pistols
I think I actually stood in line waiting for the shop to open to buy this. It seemed to take forever to come out. I had all the singles and was pretty obsessed. I met Steve Jones in L.A. in 1984 and he did not disappoint. ÃÂ His guitar is the sound of the Sex Pistols.Wwish he would have made more great records. 12 classics. Anarchy should have been the opener though.
4. The Band – The Band
Recorded at Sammy Davies’ house in 1969. The only Victorian rock n roll album to my knowledge. Timeless and yearning for a return to an earlier time. Great songs. Three members now passed on. But the music endures.
5. Oh Mercy – Bob Dylan
His late eighties return to form, sparked by the travelling wilburys energy. The greatest songwriter of all time. Most of the time.
6. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
I love a good sprawling double album. This is all over the place and all the better for it. The bonkers title track and hit single doesn’t crop up until side four. The A & R meeting must have been hilarious. Still the latter day Mac’s best outing. The early Mac’s best is then play on. Lindsey Buckingham is a true musical genius.
7. Quadrophenia – The Who
A prog rock album about mods played by a band where everyone is the frontman. Sounds a little samey in places (Drowned should have been performed solo acoustic by Townshend). but, as concept albums go this one actually makes sense. The Who effectively wore themselves out with this record and never made a great album again. The follow up, Who By Numbers, is a Townshend solo album in all but name.
8. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Their first album of all original material. Unusual in having 13 tracks instead of 14. No Ringo track! the strongest album of early Beatles. They were way ahead of the game at this point. Then Brian Wilson took over….
9. Deja Vu – Crosby Stills Nash and Young
The only band that could ever claim to be the American Beatles. Such a shame drugs and egos prevented them from making another record as good as this. Hippies my ass. Outlaws more likely. Four very different personalities come together in beautiful harmony for the briefest moment. Cocaine killed this band.
10. Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
Another sprawl with no filler. Led Zep were so funky. highly unusual for a hard rock band. It’s all about Jimmy Page. A sloppy virtuoso who never had a lesson. His folk tunings used amped up make him an original despite the fact that nearly everything he wrote was nicked. His look in the mid 70s is also the template for every rock star guitar slinger since. I met him once. He’s a lot shorter than you think!