Progrography

Echo & The Bunnymen
A neo-psychedelic new wave band fronted by Ian McCulloch’s wall of hair. If you had plotted their trajectory back in 1979, you would have figured that Echo and The Bunnymen, The Cure and U2 would have all arrived at the same place. On paper, the three bands looked almost identical: a charismatic lead singer with big hair, a lead guitarist who preferred exotic walls of arpeggiated sound and shunned guitar solos, and an unsung rhythm section who kept it all from unraveling. All three sounded strident and gloomy in the beginning, but The Bunnymen stuck with their original sound longer than The Cure and U2, and it arguably cost them a wider audience. The band’s peak came between 1982 and 1984, when they scored a string of six Top 20 singles in the UK: “The Back of Love,” “The Cutter,” “Never Stop,” “The Killing Moon,” “Silver” and “Seven Seas.” Those last three songs came from the black-light brilliant Ocean Rain, an album of beauty and defeated majesty that ranks as their masterpiece. An eponymous album in 1987 featured more accessible singles (“Lips Like Sugar,” “Bedbugs And Ballyhoo”), and the band seemed poised for an American breakthrough when McCulloch left to pursue a solo career. Guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson recruited new Bunnymen (including lead singer Noel Burke) for the overtly psychedelic Reverberation, but the album fizzled. Ian reunited with the pair in the late 90s and gave The Bunnymen their first Top 10 single in over a decade with the ironically titled “Nothing Lasts Forever.”

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1979 March The Pictures On My Wall
1980 April Rescue
1980 July CROCODILES
1980 September The Puppet
1981 April SHINE SO HARD (EP)
1981 June HEAVEN UP HERE
1981 July A Promise
1982 May The Back of Love
1983 January The Cutter
1983 January PORCUPINE
1983 July Never Stop
1983 December ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN (EP)
1984 January The Killing Moon
1984 April OCEAN RAIN
1984 April Silver
1984 July 6 Seven Seas
1985 October Bring On The Dancing Horses
1985 November 1 SONGS TO LEARN & SING
1987 June The Game
1987 New Direction
1987 July 7 ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
1987 July Lips Like Sugar
1987 Bedbugs And Ballyhoo
1987 INTERVIEW DISC
1988 February People Are Strange
1988 November THE PEEL SESSIONS (EP)
1990 October Enlighten Me
1990 November REVERBERATION
1991 October Prove Me Wrong
1991 November 11 BBC RADIO 1 LIVE IN CONCERT
1992 March Inside Me, Inside You
1993 March THE CUTTER
1997 June 2 BALLYHOO: THE BEST OF ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
1997 July 1 EVERGREEN
1997 Don't Let It Get You Down
1997 June Nothing Lasts Forever
1997 September I Want To Be There (When You Come)
1998 November Get In The Car
1999 March Rust
1999 June 22 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?
2001 May 1 FLOWERS
2001 It's Alright
2001 Make Me Shine
2001 July 17 CRYSTAL DAYS 1979-1999
2002 February 19 LIVE IN LIVERPOOL
2006 September 25 ME, I'M ALL SMILES
2006 October 10 THE VERY BEST OF ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: MORE SONGS TO LEARN AND SING
2008 April 29 BREAKING THE BACK OF LOVE
2008 May 13 THE WORKS
2009 November 10 THE FOUNTAIN
2009 November 10 LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

SEE ALSO...
IAN McCULLOCH discography
WILL SERGEANT/GLIDE discography
Pretty In Pink: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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