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Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen's dark, swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors-inspired psychedelia brought the group a handful of British hits in the early '80s, while attracting a cult following in the United States. The Bunnymen grew out of the Crucial Three, a late-'70s trio featuring vocalist Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, and Julian Cope. Cope and Wylie left the group by the end of 1977, forming the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively. McCulloch met guitarist Will Sergeant in the summer of 1978 and the pair began recording demos with a drum machine that the duo called "Echo." Adding bassist Les Pattinson, the band made its live debut at the Liverpool club Eric's at the end of 1978, calling itself Echo & the Bunnymen.

In March of 1979, the group released its first single, "Pictures on My Wall"/"Read It in Books," on the local Zoo record label. The single and their popular live performances led to a contract with Korova. After signing the contract, the group discarded the drum machine, adding drummer Pete de Freitas. Released in the summer of 1980, their debut album, Crocodiles, reached number 17 on the U.K. charts. Shine So Hard, an EP released in the fall, became their first record to crack the U.K. Top 40. With the more ambitious and atmospheric Heaven Up Here (1981), the group began to gain momentum, thanks to positive reviews; it became their first U.K. Top Ten album. Two years later, Porcupine appeared, becoming the band's biggest hit (peaking at number two on the U.K. charts) and launching the Top Ten single "The Cutter."

"The Killing Moon" became the group's second Top Ten hit at the beginning of 1984, yet its follow-up, "Silver," didn't make it past number 30 when it was released in May. Ocean Rain was released that same month to great critical acclaim; peaking at number four in Britain, the record became the Bunnymen's first album to chart in the U.S. Top 100. The following year was a quiet one for the band as they released only one new song, "Bring on the Dancing Horses," which was included on the compilation Songs to Learn & Sing. De Freitas left the band at the start of 1986 and was replaced by former Haircut 100 drummer Mark Fox; by September, de Freitas rejoined the group.

Echo & the Bunnymen returned with new material in the summer of 1987, releasing the single "The Game" and a self-titled album. Echo & the Bunnymen became their biggest American hit, peaking at number 51; it was a success in England as well, reaching number four. However, the album indicated that the group was in a musical holding pattern. At the end of 1988, McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career; the rest of the band decided to continue without the singer. Tragedy hit the band in the summer of 1989 when de Freitas was killed in an auto accident. McCulloch released his first solo album, Candleland, in the fall of 1989; it peaked at number 18 in the U.K. and number 159 in the U.S. Echo & the Bunnymen released Reverberation, their first album recorded without McCulloch, in 1990; it failed to make the charts. McCulloch released his second solo album, Mysterio, in 1992. Two years later, McCulloch and Sergeant formed Electrafixion, releasing their first album in 1995. In 1997, the duo re-teamed with Pattinson to re-form Echo & the Bunnymen, issuing the LP Evergreen. Two years later, they returned with What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?

The new millennium brought Echo & the Bunnymen back to the basics. The British press touted the band's storybook flair found on 1983's Ocean Rain and figured such spark would be found on their ninth album, Flowers. Issued in spring 2001, it reflected McCulloch's dark breezy vocals and Sergeant's signature hooks. Live in Liverpool, a concert disc capturing the band's two gigs at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts while on tour in support of Flowers, followed a year later. For 2005's Siberia, McCulloch and Sergeant joined producer Hugh Jones for the band's most classic effort since their 1997 comeback. A second proper live album, 2006's Me, I'm All Smiles, captured the Bunnymen's gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire while on tour in support of Siberia. In early 2008, the band announced that they would be releasing their next album, The Fountain, as well as playing a show at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Late 2010 also brought a short run of equally interesting U.K. shows, when the band played both Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here live in their entirety. For the next few years they continued to remain active on the live circuit, most notably playing as the touring support act for a re-formed James in 2013. By 2014 they had readied their first studio album in five years. The Youth-produced Meteorites sessions were funded by pledgemusic.com and the album was released in the first half of that year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Its the s**t !!!
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Top down---hit the road!
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Another favorite.
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Great song...
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the bunnies are ever so safe; fear not.
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I am with gigleepuffjc I am still echoing,but where o where did the bunnies go to ??
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mlbristol2
Ah The 80's...Need I say more? ��
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I've always enjoyed their tunes...
A great memory is 1987 in San Diego
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jamesstorey5 1 7
Like it a lot. Must hear more.
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Still a great tune after all this time
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I am still echo-ing!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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I was in college in 1989 listening to all this music
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Of course The Smiths lead the charge !! Watch a movie called "24 hour party people" it captures what was going on very well
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Liverpool in 1984 was much like detroit in 2009 but with a lot less hope
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I swear... if you like 'Echo' , 'Psych Firs' , 'Violent Femmes' , 'New Order' etc etc... Look up a band called 'Smiling Face Down' .. I'm sure you will be stoked... please let me know if you checked them out... BS will be ignored or reported... PLZ no 'trash talk'.. just honest opinion... ML :)
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I miss us
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Great band
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Great band and even better songwriting! Something about the Cure, The Smiths, and Echo...... There's a ambient, nostalgic, and dreaminess to their music. In toxically Atmospheric! ! !
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megan1490
Lips like sugar reminds me how I want to kiss my crush so very much since I like him for almost a year now. I met him last November 3rd :-)
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kevin-burns9
The killing moon makes hard splash from our buddy's echo!!! Ian!!just simple gantasticz!! ! p k b 4
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One of my favorite songs.
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Wonderful amazing awesome kool!!!!!!!! ! !
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This album cover is seared into my brain. I can see it in detail with my eyes closed. I wore that vinyl out.
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Love this song!
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what happened to lyrics on Pandora? I haven't seen any in a while.
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Hello to my years of youth. This makes me smile.
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Emmmm this makes me feel good so i crank it
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bateler33
Wow, still my fav
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Where's the lyrics ?????
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Hey Bea, I can't wait for the Winter Solstice. I will bring home scraps of styrofoam from work, construct a scale model of Stonehenge on my living room floor and dance around it naked while drinking mead. Now that's a party !
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awesome
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the killing moon was in donnie darko! I was wondering why it sounding familiar!
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Nazi aliens cool music
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Love their music.
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one of my favorites
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Kick a** song...
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ECHO CHO HO O
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Chocolate like bunny , echo like men.
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Wow killing Moon live came on and I was 30 years back. Smiled remembering when I was there. Embarrassed to say I didn't appreciate them enough at the time

Sure do now ;-)
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That said, Echo & the Bunnymen is an amazing band.
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taniahalaby1 2 , GO AWAY!!! Seriously, Pandora needs moderators!
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I glimpse the edge of a staggeringly beautiful heaven!
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This song kicks a**
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#FoodBands Echo And The Funionmen
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I hear Neil diamond
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Right here, Echo & the Bunnymen were part of what made 80s music so great! From their very unusual band name to the surprisingly talented music they put out! I was schooled on Songs to Learn and Sing and I was hooked! Ian's solo work is great also!
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Loved them since 'Bring on the Dancing Horses'. Their music still holds up today. From their early post punk sound to their new wave tinges in the 80's/90's, and even their more recent sound. Ian McCulloch is still dreamy & mysterious. They are awesome live!
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Loved this group. Shame Echo and the Bunnymen didn't have more hits here in the U.S. lips like sugar defined them I think.
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