Echo & the Bunnymen is a Britishrock group formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of Ian McCulloch (of the Crucial Three), Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine assumed by many to be "Echo", though the band deny this.
By the time of their debut album, 1980's Crocodiles - a moderate UK hit - the drum machine had been replaced by Pete de Freitas. Their next, the critically-acclaimed Heaven Up Here, reached the Top Ten in 1981, as did 1983's Porcupine and '84's Ocean Rain. Singles like "The Killing Moon" (later used in the soundtrack to Donnie Darko, a film whose imagery owed much to the artwork of the band's early records), "Silver", "Bring on the Dancing Horses", and "The Cutter" helped keep the group in the public eye as they took a brief hiatus in the late 1980s. Their 1987 self-titled LP was a small American hit, their only LP to have significant sales there.
McCulloch quit the band in 1988. De Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident one year later. The others decided to continue, recruiting Noel Burke to replace McCulloch on vocals in Reverberation (1990), which did not generate much excitement among fans or critics. The band reformed in 1997 and released Evergreen(1997), What Are You Going to Do with Your Life(1999) and Flowers (2001). The group's old audience liked the return to their classic sound, and they also managed to gain a number of new, younger listeners.
Bio: 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.
Echo & the Bunnymen returned with new material in the summer of 1987, releasing the single "The Game" and a self-titled album.
In 1997, the duo reteamed with Pattinson to reform Echo & the Bunnymen, issuing the LP Evergreen.
Echo and the Bunnymen were perhaps the greatest band of the 1980s.
Early this year, when it was announced that McCulloch and Sargeant were reuniting with Les Pattinson to reform Echo and the Bunnymen, I was thrilled at the prospect of another tour, but haunted by the nagging thought that all reunions suck.
Having spoken with McCulloch about the break-up of the Bunnymen and his reunion with Sargeant in their Electrafixion days, I was thrilled and very curious when, on the eve of Evergreen's release, I had the chance to get Les Pattinson and Will Sargeant's side of the last decade in the history of the Bunnymen.
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