Echo & The Bunnymen

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 bassist Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer.

Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, went into the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. After releasing their second album, Heaven Up Here, in 1981, the band’s cult status was followed by mainstream success in 1983, when they scored a UK Top 10 hit with “The Cutter“, and the album which the song came from, Porcupine, hit number 2 in the UK. Ocean Rain (1984), continued the band’s UK chart success with its lead single “The Killing Moon” entering into the top ten.

After releasing a self-titled album in 1987, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St. Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke. In 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen, before Pattinson’s departure in 1998. The band has been touring since, releasing several albums since the late 1990s, to varying degrees of success.

80s Discography

80s Albums

Title Album details
Crocodiles Released: 18 July 1980
Heaven Up Here Released: 30 May 1981
Porcupine Released: 4 February 1983
Ocean Rain Released: 8 May 1984
Echo & the Bunnymen Released: 6 July 1987

80s Singles

1980 Rescue62
The Puppet
1981 A Promise49
Over the Wall
1982 The Back of Love19
1983 The Cutter8
Never Stop15
1984 The Killing Moon9
Seven Seas16
1985 Bring On the Dancing Horses21
1987 The Game28
Lips Like Sugar36
Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
People Are Strange29

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