If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy, Sing His Song

The Icicle Works
IF YOU WANT TO DEFEAT YOUR ENEMY, SING HIS SONG
3xCD REISSUE, [Rumoured to be] REMASTERED from the ORIGINAL ANALOGUE SOURCE TAPES

NOTES 

The Ian Broudie-produced Defeat Your Enemy brought out the band's varying influences in different ways, resulting in a varied record touching on everything from funk to folk. Unquestionably, the band's knack for big, uplifting but not hollow performances was still in fine flower, as the smash single Understanding Jane showed. A quick, fierce rocker with an instantly catchy pop vibe and a brilliant chorus, it's a '50s tearjerker filtered through the Ramones with fantastic results. Another winner is the opening cut, Evangeline, with a lovely chorus consisting of overdubbed vocals from the band and guest singer Alison Limerick and a quick, Motown touched rhythm supporting McNabb's powerful singing. Then there's Up Here in the North of England, a slow, string-touched waltz winningly sung while bitterly ripping into the political state of the nation line for line. McNabb's vocals throughout the album are deeper than before.

This 3CD reissue of the the Classic 1987 album comes with two discs of bonus material as well as notes by Prog magazine's Jerry Ewing 

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[UK 3xCD Re-Issue] Cherry Red Records CDTRED 490 

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[UK 3xCD Re-Issue] Cherry Red Records CDTRED 490

Disc 1

Track Title Composer Time Notes
1 Hope Springs Eternal Ian McNabb 4:08
2 Travelling Chest Ian McNabb 4:42
3 Sweet Thursday Ian McNabb 4:19
4 Up Here In The North Of England Ian McNabb 5:14
5 Who Do You Want For Your Love? Ian McNabb 4:01
6 When You Were Mine Ian McNabb 4:39
7 Evangeline Ian McNabb 4:06
8 Truck Driver's Lament Ian McNabb 5:21
9 Understanding Jane Ian McNabb 3:24
10 Walking With A Mountain Ian McNabb 4:46

Disc 2 B Sides and Rarities

Track Title Composer Time Notes
1 I Never Saw My Hometown 'Til I Went Around The World  Ian McNabb   2:52B-Side of Understanding Jane
2 Into The Mystic Van Morisson 3:42 B-Side of Understanding Jane
3 Sweet Thursday Ian McNabb   6:03 Extended Single Mix
4 Don't Let It Rain On My Parade Ian McNabb   4:38 Full Version
5 When You Were Mine Ian McNabb   4:08 Single Version
6 Evangeline Ian McNabb   4:12 Demo Version | B-Side Evangeline
7 Everybody Loves To Play The Fool Ian McNabb   4:09 B-Side of Evangeline
8 Waiting In The Wings Ian McNabb   4:37 B-Side of Evangeline
9 It Makes No Difference Robbie Robertson  4:39 B-Side of Up Here In The North Of England
Original Melting Bear Single A Side
10 Sea Song Robert Wyatt 5:23 B-Side of Up Here In The North Of England
Original Melting Bear Single B Side
11 Nature's Way Randy California 3:05 B-Side of Up Here In The North Of England
Original Melting Bear Single B Side
12 Waylaid Chris Layhe 4:13 B-Side of Up Here In The North Of England
13 The Needle And The Damage Done Neil Young 2:37 With Pete Wylie
Anti-Heroin Project
14 Sweet Thursday Ian McNabb   4:27 Record Mirror cassette
15 Don't Let It Rain On My Parade Ian McNabb   4:04 Acoustic Version
16 Impossibly Three Lovers Ian McNabb   5:16 B-Side of Who Do You Want For Your Love?
17 John Geoffrey Muir, Shopkeeper Chris Layhe 3:42 B-Side of Who Do You Want For Your Love?

Disc 3 Live at The Town And Country Club, Kentish Town 23 July 1986  [DOWNLOAD version also available]

Track Title Composer Time Notes
1 Hollow Horse  Chris Layhe, Ian McNabb 4:36
2 Perambulator Chris Layhe, Ian McNabb 4:41
3 Who Do You Want For Your Love? Ian McNabb 4:19
4 Understanding Jane Ian McNabb 3:55 B-Side of Who Do You Want For Your Love?
5 Love Is A Wonderful Colour Ian McNabb 4:40
6 Travelling Light Ian McNabb 4:58
7 Sweet Thursday Ian McNabb 4:48
8 Into The Mystic Van Morisson 4:08
9 Hope Springs Eternal Ian McNabb 3:53
10 When It All Comes Down Ian McNabb 8:04
11 All The Daughter (Of Her Father's House)   Ian McNabb 5:08
12 Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) Ian McNabb 10:32
13 A Factory In The Desert Ian McNabb 3;09
14 The Cauldron Of Love Ian McNabb 3:55
15 Should I Stay Or Should I Go Joe Strummer, Michael Jones 2:56 B-Side of Who Do You Want For Your Love? 
16 Roadhouse Blues The Doors, Robbie Kreiger 5:38 B-Side of Who Do You Want For Your Love?

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