The nice history of “Echo & the Bunnymen” began in 1977 with the dismiss of “Crucial Three” group where the future lead singer of “Echo & the Bunnyme” Ian McCulloch tried his forces. Two of its participants, Pete Wylie and Julian Cope, decided to go their own way and Ian had to look for new adherents. Having got acquainted with the young guitarist Will Sergeant, Ian understood that found the person who is capable to help him with implementation of his grandiose ideas. The new musical union “Echo & the Bunnymen” appeared.
About Echo and the Bunnymen
The first record “Crocodiles” which was issued in the summer of 1980 after the single “Rescue” enjoyed certain popularity. This debut moved the group to the boundaries of the neopsychodelic movement, which overflowed then England. It is necessary to tell that almost all releases of “Echo & the Bunnymen” caused sympathies of the British music lovers and good position in charts, though they have never created the real furor.
In the Top 10
In 1980, there was a mini-disk “Shine So Hard”, which was much less attractive than a debut. But the long-play “Heaven Up Here” (1981), supported with the single “A Promise”, had both ambition and emotional heat, and the memorable melodies which were noted by critics who met the album with positive reviews. He was also estimated by the admirers of a new wave of the British post-punk with a psychedelia raid by whose efforts the album was noted in English Top 10.
Remnants From The Past
In 2001, the group was replenished with three sessional musicians - the bass player Alex Gleave, the drummer Vinny Jamieson, and the keyboard player Ceri James. And the discography of “Echo” was replenished with a long-play “Flowers", in which the British press noticed characteristic features of early (and the best) works of “Echo & the Bunnymen”, in the album of 1983 “Ocean Rain”. These were the selection of sincere, emotional stories told by the same confidential voice of McCulloch accompanied by the guitar passages of Sergeant. It lacked such trifles as hits. The singles “It's Alright” and “Make Me Shine” didn't reach even Top 40.