Echo & The Bunnymen

Formed 1978.
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Ian McCulloch: Key of Life interview with Mary Anne (Extended Cut)

Full interview with Echo & the Bunnymen's singer, including a bonus clip about daytime TV

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Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band's drummer.

Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Their second album, Heaven Up Here (1981), again found favour with the critics and reached number 10 in the UK Album chart. The band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with "The Cutter", and the attendant album, Porcupine (1983), reached number 2 in the UK. Their next release, Ocean Rain (1984), continued the band's UK chart success, and has since been regarded as their landmark release, spawning the hit singles "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "Seven Seas". One more studio album, Echo & the Bunnymen (1987), was released before McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career in 1988.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Fountain

    The Fountain 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Aims for an awkward middle ground between tested styles.
  2. Review of Ocean Rain: Collector's Edition

    Ocean Rain: Collector's Edition 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The last truly great record they made.
  3. Review of Crocodiles

    Crocodiles 1980

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Big hair, raincoats and a load of camouflage chic...the post-punk era's defining...
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