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Echo & The Bunnymen Brief Biography
Echo & The Bunnymen are one of the finest groups to have come out of Liverpool in the last 40 years.
Formed in 1978, Echo & The Bunnymen originally, mythically, consisted of a drum machine named Echo, which was joined by Ian McCulloch (vocals), Will Sergeant (guitar, sitar), and Les Pattinson (bass). Their first album, 'Crocodiles', made the UK top 20 albums chart, and when Pete de Freitas replaced the drum machine, things got even better.
Echo & The Bunnymen's music certainly had an Eastern feel to it, with a mix of the theatrical, and McCulloch's unique voice, which could be vulnerable and moody at the same time. The band also wrote good songs, most notably a pop classic in 'Seven Seas', with arguably the strangest ever rendition of The Beatles 'All You Need Is Love' on the B-side - complete with the words of a disenchanted left wing Socialist voicing his support for Margaret Thatcher. Not a very cool thing to put on a record in the 1980s. The Bunnymen's other finest works included 'The Cutter' and 'Bring On The Dancing Horses'.
After an unbroken run of top 10 albums, McCulloch left the band in 1988. Tragedy then followed the next year, with the death of de Freitas in a motorcycle accident. Noel Burke was brought in to replace McCulloch, but Echo & The Bunnymen's success began to wane, understandably so after all that had happened. McCulloch, Sergeant, and Pattinson did get back together in 1997, and there was a revival of the band's fortunes, and, as often goes hand in hand, a reappraisal of just how important a group they actually were.
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
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