BAH & THE HUMBUGS: BIGGER THAN SANTA
Featuring Humbugs songs performed by the following bands:
ICICLE LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Mr. Big Christmas
When singer Pete Wurst quit The Standstill, complaining that the critically-acclaimed Toronto indie band "wasn't going anywhere," they didn't have to look far for his replacement. Pete's roommate Reg Tiltwistle auditioned and was chosen as his replacement. Soon Tiltwistle and bandleader Dusty Lens concocted a bold plan that would transform the radio-friendly quartet into a entirely new band, an experimental ensemble that they dubbed Icicle Light Orchestra. The group's unique new sound was created by meticulously carving all of their instruments out of blocks of solid ice. As soon as the weather dropped below the freezing mark, they set to work.
After months of careful preparation and rehearsal, Icicle Light Orchestra's first gig was an utter disaster. The enthusiastic crowd and stage lights generated enough heat to melt all of the ice instruments! But failure turned into overnight success thanks to a viral video of the dramatic onstage meltdown. The band soon inked a deal with Chrysamis Records.
Icicle Light Orchestra kept their new name, but abandoned their experimental plans and reverted to the bright, commercial sound that fans of The Standstill were familiar with. Clearly, it was a winning strategy. Their first single "Snowdown" hit the top ten, and more hits quickly followed: "Turn to Ice," "Freezin' Thing," and "Last Train to Iceland." Then three years passed with no new material, prompting rumors that the band had broken up or had become The Standstill again. Anxious fans cheered Icicle Light Orchestra's return to the studio to record this cover version of Bah & the Humbugs' "Mr. Big Christmas." The new rumor: a followup ILO album is in the works.