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Why the change of the name?
Well, ERSATZ is certainly the weirdest record this band has ever recorded - and, really, I wouldn't call ANY of their albums 'normal / mainstream-ish' - and if you want to know WHY this album turned into a particularly weird direction...
Get the details from ICU's guitarist Steve Pond:
album was the idea of Graphic Designer
Barney Bubbles, (You may know him from the classic early
Hawkwind sleeves or his work with Elvis Costello and F-Beat records).
He chose all of the
cover versions on side one and after recording the originals onto a cheap
cassette recorder he took them to the band, here's the catch: he only
let them hear the songs -once- ...cue various members scribbling down
chords/lyrics/etc.. then the band had to re-assemble the songs from these
scraps of information... this expalins why this is the -weirdest- damn
album you'll ever hear...
doesn't it? - well it IS heavy - and to prove it >
was also the main band
in which Nik Turner,
co-founder of Hawkwind
played in, after he left Hawkwind in 1976.
Steve Pond: "The tour was a big success.. so much so they did another one! ..by now another Hawkwind alumini Robert Calvert was guesting regularly and the band was building up quite a large cult following... Riots in Manchester... chosen to play with Hüsker Dü on that bands UK debut to ensure a full house (ICU *KILLED* Hüsker Dü that night.. I have video proof!)"
co-founded in 1979 by
went on for a number of years, releasing bulk of albums and singles, undergoing
frequent line-up changes....the band disbanded - I couldn't find out when.
You'll find the history,
the complete discography, pics and a lot more infos on ICU on the pages
linked below - and not to forget a small page on Calvert's
live album, recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in '86, backed
Pond and Fred Reeves - former ICU members.