14 Iced Bears

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Few bands epitomized the mid-80s ‘shambling’ pop music scene in Britain more succinctly than Brighton’s 14 Iced Bears. Formed in 1985 by Rob Sekula (12 December 1963, Camberwell, Surrey, England), Alan White and Nick Emery, the band quickly became embroiled in an alternative network peppered with anoraks, cheap fanzines and guitar-based songs for which the word ‘amateur’ could have been invented. With more line-up changes than record releases, 14 Iced Bears’ history is almost as shambolic as their music. They released their first single on ex-Television Personalities Mark Flunder’s Frank label. Alan White soon departed to form Pleasure Splinters, to be replaced by Dominic Minques and guitarist Kevin Canham (b. 10 October 1964, Aldershot, Hampshire, England). Nick Roughley (b. West Riding, Yorkshire, England) joined for the band’s second single in 1987 before leaving to form Blow Up. Steve Ormsby and Bill Cox briefly replaced...

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