14 Iced Bears were a British indie pop band associated with the C86 music scene. Formed in Brighton in 1985, by Rob Sekula and Nick Emery the band featured a shifting line-up of musicians across their seven-year existence, centred on songwriter and vocalist Rob Sekula and guitarist/songwriter Kevin Canham. Their jangly indie pop was characterised by a fuzzy protopunk-influenced guitar sound, and saw them receive modest critical acclaim in Britain's music press as well as prompting disc jockey John Peel to recruit them to record a couple of sessions for his programme on BBC radio. The group released a handful of singles, including "Come Get Me" on the influential Sarah label, and two full-length albums: the eponymous 14 Iced Bears (1988), and Wonder (1991). They reformed in 2010 and toured the US east coast, the US west coast in 2011, as well as some concerts in London, including a John Peel night with Vic Godard, Viv Albertine and the TV Personalities.

Links to Peel

In an interview with Roque for Cloudberry Records blog, singer Rob Sekula was asked his experience in doing the Peel sessions and whether he met JP:

"He really liked our first single Inside and got in touch with the label. It was an amazing experience, especially being mixed by Dale Griffin from Mott the Hoople. Dale said he really liked Cut, which, for a bunch of kids doing their first stuff, was great news. The first time went like a dream but, the second one – our van keys broke in the lock after we finished and we had to sleep on the BBC sofas in the foyer overnight! We didn’t meet him there but we were overwhelmed by his reaction on air to our songs. He loved it. A teenage dream come true! I met him in the street in London about ten years later and had a nice chat. Although, we used to talk over the phone on rare occasions during his show." [1]

Later in the interview, Sekula mentioned that one of the highlights of the band was being liked by Peel on his show.


14 Iced Bears - Peel Session 1986

14 Iced Bears - Peel Session 1986

1. Recorded: 1986-10-28. Broadcast: 26 November 1986. Repeated: 29 December 1986, 21 January 1987

  • Balloon Song / Cut / Shy Like You / Train Song

2. Recorded: 1987-07-21. Broadcast: 27 July 1987. Repeated: 11 August 1987

  • If I Said / Spangle / Miles Away / Hayfever

Other Shows Played

14 Iced Bears - Inside (Frank Records 101) 1986

14 Iced Bears - Inside (Frank Records 101) 1986

14 Iced Bears - Come Get Me

14 Iced Bears - Come Get Me


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