My Bloody Valentine - "Ice Cream" (lost single from Irish shoegaze band; 1985)
My Bloody Valentine is a legendary shoegaze band that formed in 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. The band has released a string of albums and EP's that are considered among music fans and critics to be some of the greatest recordings of all time.
While they are most well-known as innovators in the shoegaze movement, My Bloody Valentine started their career as a gothic rock/psychobilly band consisting of original members Kevin Shields (guitar), Colm O'Ciosoig (drums), David Conway (vocals), and Tina Durkin (keyboards). Tina Durkin departed shortly after the release of their debut mini-LP This is Your Bloody Valentine in 1985 and was replaced by bassist Debbie Googe that same year.
Sometime in 1985, My Bloody Valentine planned to release a four-song single titled Ice Cream. Nothing is known regarding the music that was to be released on the single (not even the song titles are known) but judging from the time period in which the single was planned, it can be safely assumed that the songs were off their early gothic style. It is not known whether the songs were recorded before or after Tina Durkin left the band, nor is it known why the single's release was cancelled.
The only evidence of Ice Cream's existence is a Discogs page for a pre-release promotional cassette of the single, which was accompanied by a 10-page label catalog of the German independent record label Schuldige Scheitel. This cassette appears to be extremely rare, considering that prior to the creation of this Discogs page, the proposed single was entirely unknown to the public. The songs on the cassette have not been made publicly available.
- Discogs page for Ice Cream promotional cassette. Retrieved 21 Oct '17