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Trouble Has A Car

by Icewagon Flu

Eclectic mix of Irish, Country and pop/rock.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stormcloud
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2. Trouble Has A Car
6:02 $0.99
3. La Ceba
4:22 $0.99
4. Jivin' Jones
4:45 $0.99
5. Brave, Brave Sir Robin
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6. Comb
3:59 $0.99
7. Nudity
3:52 $0.99
8. Whiskey & Soda
4:50 $0.99
9. Virgin And A Pornstar
5:31 $0.99
10. SMD
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Album Notes
Date: April 30, 2003
Contact: Tim Murray, Jivin' Jones Records

Album captures band's trademark live show wit and marries it with studio inventiveness

HOBOKEN, NJ, April 21, 2003 -- 'Music without borders' that's the maxim of the Hoboken, NJ-based ICEWAGON FLU sound. In just one of their smart, quirky, innovative songs, they can span the entire musical universe. Mixing Traditional Irish, American Country, R&B, Roots Rock, Calypso, and even a little Rap, ICEWAGON FLU always surprises unsuspecting listeners who enjoy the danceability of their music and tightness of the sound. The zaniness of their live shows have won them critical acclaim from audiences and promoters throughout the Tri-State area. If that weren't enough, the physical attractiveness of their fans has caused more than one soundman's heart to flutter.

GOBSHITE and SLIDES are the vocalists and resident comedians of the group, leading this band of merry misfits through night after night of stand-up hilarity and musical mischief. In addition to their unique brand of improvised mirth, GOBSHITE and SLIDES also lend their talents by performing on tin whistle, slide whistle, bodhrán, banjo, and kazoo. The physically powerful and musically astute performances of the lead singers are supported by BEAST on guitar and cockney slang, TIMMY on mandolin and crazy legs, TOMMY on drums and dirty looks, MR. WINSLOW tickling the tickly keys, and a bevy of bass players ranging from TONY STEELE (of Riverdance fame) to RICKY BELL (the Allentown, Pennsylvania Karaoke King).

ICEWAGON FLU will be releasing their first album, Trouble Has a Car, on Tuesday, June 10, 2003, and distributing it through JIVIN' JONES RECORDS, also based in Hoboken, NJ. Trouble Has A Car is a solid effort to capture THE FLU's live-show wit and marry it with studio inventiveness. Trouble Has A Car features the title track, the Asbury Park-tinged sound of STORMCLOUD, the boldly Irish WHISKEY AND SODA and LA CEBA, the rap roots styling of JIVIN' JONES, the barbershop paean to naturalism NUDITY, the country-fried flavor of VIRGIN AND A PORNSTAR, and much more.

ICEWAGON FLU are currently performing at venues throughout the Tri-State Area in support of their debut release and can be contacted and booked through For more information regarding the group and the most up-to-date tour schedule, please visit

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Joe Ross

Off-beat humor and first-rate musicianship will surely crack your pan
The debut album from Icewagon Flu gives an infectious mix of eclectic music that simultaneously gives us chills and fever. Comprised of some outstanding instrumentalists and unique songwriters, the Flu leaves us with a pleasurable pain that extends to the depths of one’s intestines. Each of their songs holds a surprise. One minute they are drawing inspiration from Celtic music, and in another they might be rapping or swooning like country balladeers. “Brave, Brave Sir Robin” even features a solo classical-sounding mandolin melody. Their material could easily build a cult following, while some stodgier listeners might find some of it offensive or shallow. Their musical journey doesn’t pull any punches, and you’ve got to take it like they play it … with a large tongue in your cheek.

The band from Hoboken, NJ. doesn’t constrain itself to any one genre, but they do favor an electric, danceable and eccentric sound. Their rather unconventional songs mix rock, traditional Irish, country, R&B, and rap. Idiosyncratic to say the least, Icewagon Flu offers a bonus track with “layers, segments, effects, manipulations and filters” that introduces us to the band members.

Kevin Adkins (aka Gobshite) and George L. Smith III (aka Doc Slides) provide Icewagon Flu’s lead vocals. Between them, they also play tin whistle, banjo, harmonica, kazoo, bodhran, tres, and slide whistle. The band’s other five members are engaging instrumentalists and backing vocalists. Martin Bristow (Beast) plays guitar while Chris Winslow (Mr. Winslow) plays the keys. Mandolinist Timothy Murray (Tim Thompson) offers some fluid licks and fills on songs like the title track. Christopher Speich (Tom Thompson) is the band’s drummer, and Josh Winslow (Sauce) is the bassman. They seem to be a tight bunch that likes a festive fun-filled party. Given their emphasis on original material and witty messages, it would’ve been nice if their CD’s jacket and/or website included song lyrics.

With so many bands out there trying to find something new and unique for a signature sound, it seems that Icewagon Flu is headed in the right direction for an entertaining bar band. Fans will certainly materialize
who enjoy their wacky weirdness, satire and irony presented with excellent musicianship. They’re a little Frank Zappa and Dr. Demento, Bruce Springsteen and The Police, Austin Lounge Lizards and The Irish Rovers, Tom Paxton and Bob Marley. These Hobokenites’ off-beat humor and first-rate musicianship will surely crack your pan. There’s more about them at their website (Joe Ross)

Laura Vona

Asylum Street Spankers meet The Ruffians...
Although the song styles are all over the map, the sound of each is pretty good. Perhaps this band hasn't decided on thier identity yet or perhaps they are just keeping the future open. Good stuff that grows on you as you get deeper into the disk.
Can't wait to hear more.


A musical adventure that takes audiences to Ireland
They make us laugh with songs like Virgin & A Pornstar and lyrics like I think I saw you in the shower/I want to do you for an hour (Nudity). The Irish rock sound (thanks to guitarist Beast’s maternal roots and Tim’s mandolin) is awesome!

Rob Aneiva, XM Satellite Radio Inc.

These guys are all over the musical map ...
Mandolins? Tin whistles? Kazoos? What the hell is going on?!
If you've ever been blown away by fresh instrumentation, and unique song writing, that makes most of the crap on the radio seem as generic, and flavorless as it really is, you will definitely be able to appreciate this debut full-length from ICEWAGON FLU.

These guys are all over the musical map ...that happens to be hanging in an irish pub. With an irish sound, ranging from the traditional (#3,5,8) to the not-so, ICEWAGON FLU tackles everything from the "yo, yo!" (#4), to the"yee-haw!" (#6), as well as some other blends of styles that haven't been labeled yet....and let's not forget the bonus track, which is like an order of mr. bungle with a side of dead milkmen. Damn, that's nice!

So, whether you catch them live, or just play the CD, raise a pint and get naked! It's a good time.