The Small Price of a Bicycle

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The Small Price of a Bicycle
The Small Price of a Bicycle cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 September 1985
GenrePost-punk, new wave, neo-psychedelia
LabelBeggars Banquet
The Icicle Works chronology
The Icicle Works
The Small Price of a Bicycle
If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song
Singles from The Icicle Works
  1. "Hollow Horse"
    Released: September 1984
  2. "All the Daughters (Of Her Father's House)"
    Released: May 1985
  3. "Seven Horses"
    Released: July 1985

The Small Price of a Bicycle is the second studio album by The Icicle Works. The album was released in 1985 and charted at number 55 in the UK[1][2][3] Despite the success of the band's first album in North America, it was unreleased in both the US and Canada, with Arista Records in the US memorably rejecting it as "punk-rock demos".

In Canada, an early version of the track "Book of Reason" was released by Vertigo Records on their 1984 Vertigo Sampler 2-LP set, with a note that the track was from the forthcoming Icicle Works LP. However, the LP never actually forthcame; instead, Vertigo Canada issued a 5-track EP called Seven Horses Deep. This EP included the so-called "American Version" of "Seven Horses" (which was never actually issued in the US), the single version of "All The Daughters", and the previously issued UK b-sides "(Let's Go) Down to the River", "Beggars Legacy" and "Goin' Back".

In 2011, Cherry Red Records issued a 3-CD expanded edition of The Small Price of a Bicycle. Disc 1 featured the original album in its entirety, while discs 2 and 3 featured a wealth of related demos, b-sides, radio sessions, live tracks, remixes and unreleased session outtakes.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Sounds5/5 stars[5]

The album was reviewed by Roger Holland for the music magazine Sounds where it received a perfect score of five stars out of five. Holland wrote that The Small Price of a Bicycle was "a very fine album" and praised its "combinations of exuberant young rock rhythms and enchanting, inspiring vocals".

Track listing[edit]

UK Edition[edit]

All tracks composed by Ian McNabb; except where indicated

  1. "Hollow Horse" (McNabb, Chris Layhe) – 4:00
  2. "Perambulator" (McNabb, Chris Layhe) – 4:02
  3. "Seven Horses" – 4:12
  4. "Rapids" – 4:32
  5. "Windfall" – 4:13
  6. "Assumed Sundown" – 5:53
  7. "Saint's Sojourn" – 4:33
  8. "All the Daughters (Of Her Father's House)" – 4:40
  9. "Book of Reason" – 3:45
  10. "Conscience of Kings" – 4:48

2011 Expanded Edition[edit]


The Icicle Works


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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  4. ^ Sutton, Michael. "The Small Price of a Bicycle – The Icicle Works | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
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