On Ice

It was planned to devote Clube da Esquina’s 10th edition to early polar expeditions, recalling the prowess of those who risked their lives to cross the ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. Explorers James Clark Ross (1800-1862) and Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) will be forever linked to these historical moments. But at the time of selecting songs for the chapter, it seemed unfair to abandon songs that have become critical to understand pop music’s recent history. That is, these are songs which more or less directly refer to a relationship with ice, while symbolically too far removed from risky raids on the Atlantic Ocean. Examples are Yoko Ono’s Walking On Thin Ice, a theme song that has become one of Post-Disco’s anthems, or Break The Ice At Parties by The Tesco Bombers, an English Post-Punk band that during their short career edited a unique but brilliant single. For this reason, this program ended up tracking songs that, in a more literal, illustrative, metaphorical or even ironic way, retrieved the word ice as their title or introduced it in their lyrics. This way of building the chapter was different than usual, as it brings together songs from various musical genres that may sound far apart. In any case, identifying, ordering and creating a narrative meaning has been our challenge, perhaps it worked. Music on the rocks!!!