Echo and the Bunnymen
Echo and the Bunnymenis an English band which was formed in Liverpool, England, in 1978. The group played post - punk style music. The group consisted of Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant (guitarist), and Les Pattinson (bass player). The band also used a drum machine. The band had a cult status early on and it turned into success for the group in the mid 1980's. The group released the Top 10 hit with, The Cutter, and their album called, Porcupine , released in 1983, reached number 2. Their next album was, Ocean Rain, in 1984, and they received much success with it also as well as several single hits from it. The bandís lead singer, Ian McCulloch, left the group in 1988 and in 1989, their drummer, Pete de Freitas died in a motorcycle accident. This caused a complete split up of the group in 1990.
The band re-formed in 1997 and released the Top 10 hit in the U. K. called, Nothing Lasts Forever. The groupís style of music changed from the post- punk style to the classic 60's style. Their debut single, Pictures on My Wall, was released in May 1979. Julian Cope has written many songs and McCulloch denied that Cope co-wrote the song. Cope has even released over 20 solo albums. McCulloch had co-writers on his other songs so it is believed that he did not write this one by himself and that Cope did, in fact, co-write Pictures on My Wall with him.
The group replaced the drum machine with drummer Pete de Freitas in the 198's by the time their debut album, Crocodiles, was released. Their single, Rescue, reached number 62 in the U. K. And the album hit number 17 on the Top 20 chart. Their next album release was even bigger than the first. It was called Heaven Up Here, released in 1981, and it reached number 10 in the U. K. Top 10. The single from it called, A Promise, only made it to number 49 on the U. K. Singles chart. In 1982, the band got their first big U. K. Hit single. The Back of Love hit number 19 on the charts in the U. K.. In 1983, they followed with the single, The Cutter, which hit number 8 on the Top 10 chart in the U. K.. The album it was from, Porcupine, reached number 2 on the albums chart. The group continued releasing hits and in 1984 they released the album called, Ocean Rain, and it reached number 4 on the charts. It was also regarded as the bandís masterpiece. Singles from this album was Silver and Seven Seas. The group was still releasing albums in 2006 and have plans to release more in 2007. The group released a total of 18 studio and compilations, and also 30 singles.
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