Echo & The Bunnymen Biography
Echo And The Bunnymen was formed in Liverpool, ENGLAND, in late 1978 with three live members, lead singer + rythmn guitarist Ian McCulloch, lead guitarist Will Sergeant, bass player Les Pattinson and one drum machine which they deftly named Echo. During the following year, the trio released an independent single, which landed them a deal with Korova Records.
The drum machine was replaced by a live human, Pete De Freitas, before the release of their first album, "Crocodiles", in the summer of 1980; it broke into the top 20 of the Official U.K. Pop Albums chart.
Nearly a year later, Echo And The Bunnymen followed it up with their sophomore album, "Heaven Up Here", which climbed into the top 10 in the U.K. and became their first U.S. charting album.
At the start of 1983 the quartet delivered their next album, "Porcupine", achieving a career-best peak of #2 on the British chart while the lead single, "The Cutter", hit the top 10 of the National Pop chart; the group's third full-length disc also entered the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes list at #137.
"Ocean Rain", which was issued in May 1984, debuted at #4 on the U.K. Pop Albums chart and reached the #87 spot on The Billboard Top 200; the album yielded three British top 40 hits, including the #9 "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "Seven Seas".
A new single, "Bring On The Dancing Horses", followed a year later; it peaked at #21 in Great Britain and was eventually included on the greatest hits collection "Songs To Learn & Sing".
The band's fifth album of all-new-material arrived in mid-1987; though the lead single, "The Game", barely sneaked into the U.K. top 30, "Echo & The Bunnymen" hit #4 on the National Pop Albums chart and its #51 peak chart position on The Billboard Top 200 marked the group's highest peak position of their career in America.
The following year McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career; his first album, released in 1989, was quite successful in England, tragically drummer Pete De Freitas died in a motorcycle smash, on June 14, that same year.
Recruiting singer Noel Burke, Echo And The Bunnymen returned in November 1990 with "Reverberation", but the album failed to see much chart action and the band split-up.
The three former members, McCulloch, Sergeant and Pattinson, regrouped in 1997 for "Evergreen", their successful comeback album which restored them to the British top 10; the first release from this CD, "Nothing Lasts Forever", helped to secure ongoing success as it received widespread airplay, especially in their homeland where it climbed into the top 10; the follow-up single, "I Want To Be There (When You Come)" hit the top 30 in Britain and also on the American Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks.
"What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?" followed two years later but it never cracked the top 20 of the Official U.K. chart. Around this time Pattinson departed from the band.
In May 2001, the illustrious Liverpudlian post-Punks released "Flowers", it did not enter the U.K. Top 40 Albums chart, stalling at #55.
Highlighted by the jangling, nostalgic opener "Stormy Weather", their next offering, "Siberia", arrived four years later receiving relatively little attention.
Another four years passed before Echo And The Bunnymen returned with a new album: "The Fountain"; it was released in October 2009 preceded by the single "Think I Need It Too" and features guest appearance from Coldplay's Chris Martin on the title-track.
Echo & The Bunnymen have announced their first album in nearly five years. It's called Meteorites and is set to hit British stores on May 16, 2014. The album contains ten hand-picked new tunes written by Ian McCulloch and performed by Mc Culloch and Sergeant along with guitarist Gordy Goudie, bassist Stephen Brannan, keyboardist Jez Wing and drummer Nick Kilroe.