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Echo And The Bunnymen Biography

Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band's drummer.

Their 1980 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, in 1989, 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.

After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen with the UK Top 10 hit "Nothing Lasts Forever". An album of new material, Evergreen, was greeted enthusiastically by critics and the band made a successful return to the live arena. Though Pattinson left the group for a second time, McCulloch and Sergeant have continued to issue new material as Echo & the Bunnymen, including the albums What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001), Siberia (2005), The Fountain (2009) and Meteorites (2014).

In 2012 Ian McCulloch released his fourth solo LP, Pro Patria Mori and a live album Holy Ghosts in 2013. In 2013 Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson formed a group called "Poltergeist" and released an album called Your Mind Is A Box (Let Us Fill It With Wonder) in June 2013.

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Echo And The Bunnymen News

Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch says Arcade Fire collaboration was 'a thrill' – watch

"We always wrote those songs to be timeless," the frontman says of the band covering 'The Cutter'

  • Jun 11, 2014

Echo & The Bunnymen share new single 'Lovers On The Run' – listen

First single from new album 'Meteorites' revealed

  • Apr 15, 2014

Echo And The Bunnymen finishing up new album

They will tour Europe and the US in support of the LP

  • Feb 17, 2014

Echo & The Bunnymen to headline Dublin's Camden Crawl

Post-punk heroes to play the bash, which has relocated to Ireland this year

  • Apr 3, 2013

Ian McCulloch records orchestral version of Echo & The Bunnymen hit - listen and watch

'Bring On The Dancing Horses' recorded orchestrally for new solo album

  • Mar 19, 2013

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The Killing Moon

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Seven Seas

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Bedbugs And Ballyhoo

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Don't Let It Get You Down

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Echo And The Bunnymen Reviews

Echo & The Bunnymen - 'Meteorites'

Echo & The Bunnymen - 'Meteorites'

The Liverpool band may be open and unguarded on their 12th record but they can't match their previous highs

  • May 23, 2014

Album review: Echo & The Bunnymen - 'The Fountain'

Punching above their weight, without packing much of a hit

  • Oct 17, 2009

Echo & The Bunnymen : Flowers

It's hardly 'The Cutter', but it can just about handle the mustard

  • May 31, 2001

Echo & The Bunnymen : It's Alright

They deserve a kinder fate than becoming a Stranglers-type self-tribute band.

  • Apr 23, 2001

London Kentish Town Forum

It could go one of two ways. Traditionally enigmatic live, recently the [B]Bunnymen[/B] have been either - no in-betweens - half-arsed lazy or faith-reaffirmingly brilliant...

  • Dec 23, 1999

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