Tuesday, August 08, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Echo & The Bunnymen

Artist:Echo & The Bunnymen
Song:The Killing Moon
Album:The Killing Moon: The Singles 1980-1990

Echo & The Bunnymen were successful mostly in their native England. The 1984 single The Killing Moon was probably their biggest hit. They are from Liverpool. Lead singer Ian McCulloch had been in bands like Crucial Three and A Shallow Madness who would become A Teardrop Explodes. In 1978, he formed Echo & The Bunnymen with guitarist Will Sargeant and bassist Les Pattinson. They went to school together. They used a drum machine at first but Pete de Frietas joined the band in 1980. They started playing gigs locally and a single on Zoo Records got them a deal with Warner Music's Korova label. In the US they were on Sire Records. Their 1980 debut album Crocodiles was certified Gold in England. the 1984 album Ocean Rain was probably their most successful album. The singles the Cutter and The Killing Moon were top ten singles in England. And The Killing Moon is probably their best known song in North America. This Rhino budget comp has all their singles. de Frietas left Echo & The Bunnymen in 1985 and then he returned. McCulloch wasn't getting along with Sargeant and Pattinson. He left in 1988. Then de Frietas died in a 1989 motorcycle accident. McCulloch released a solo album in 1989. Sargeant and Pattinson hired a new singer and drummer and attempted to keep the band going. But they disbanded in 1993. In 1994, McCulloch and Sargeant recorded as Electrafixion. Pattinson joined in 1997 and they decided to revive the Echo & The Bunnymen name. Pattinson left in 1999 to take care of his sick mother. Since then they have continued to tour and record. Their latest CD was released in 2014 and Echo & The Bunnymen are touring with The Violent Femmes. Here's the video for The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen.

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