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Echo & The Bunnymen
Echo & The Bunnymen

Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genre(s) Post-punk
Alternative Rock
Years active 1978—1993
Label(s) Sire Records
London Records
Cooking Vinyl
Associated acts Ian McCulloch
Website Website
Ian McCulloch
Will Sergeant
Former members
Les Pattinson
Pete de Freitas
Noel Burke
Jake Brockman
Damon Reece

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Echo & The Bunnymen Overview


Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. Their original lineup consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas had joined as the band's drummer, and their 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. The following year, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident, and the band re-emerged with a new line-up. Original members Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson were joined by Noel Burke as lead singer, Damon Reece on drums and Jake Brockman on keyboards. This new incarnation of the band released Reverberation in 1990, but the disappointing critical and commercial reaction it received culminated with a complete split in 1993.

The Fountain (2009) Siberia (2005) Flowers (2001) What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? (1999) Evergreen (1997) Ballyhoo: The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen (1997) Reverberation (1990) New Live and Rare (1988) Echo & The Bunnymen (1987) Ocean Rain (1984)

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Echo And The Bunnymen Announce 'Ocean Rain' UK Tour

March 22, 2011
Echo And The Bunnymen have announced details of a UK tour. The band will play their 1984 album 'Ocean Rain' in full on the six-date tour across the UK.  Read more 

Iggy & The Stooges, Taio Cruz, Echo & The Bunneymen To Play Chester Rocks Festival 2011

February 24, 2011
Iggy & The Stooges, Echo & The Bunneymen and Taio Cruz are among the acts confirmed to appear at this year's Chester Rocks festival. The two-day festival takes place at Chester's Racecourse from July 2-4.  Read more 

Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch Announces One Off London Show

January 20, 2011
Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch has announced a one off gig in London. The singer will play at London's Union Chapel on April 16.  Read more 

Echo & The Bunnymen Announce 'Crocodiles' and 'Heaven Up Here' UK Tour

March 24, 2010
Echo & The Bunnymen have announced a winter UK tour where they will play their first two albums 'Crocodiles' and 'Heaven Up Here' back to back and from start to finish. Band singer Ian McCulloch is humbly predicting that the dates in Brimingham, Glasgow, London and their native Liverpool will be a “masterclass in rock and roll.”  Read more 

Echo & The Bunnymen Cancel Festival Slot After Ian McCulloch Misses Flight

January 29, 2010
The Laneway Festival in Australia were forced to cancel a slot by Echo & The Bunnymen after singer Ian McCulloch missed his flight from London. The scouse indie veterans were due to play the Melbourne leg of the festival tomorrow (January 30) on a bill which included Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and The Dirty Three.  Read more 

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