Echo & the Bunnymen

Channel (Boston, MA)

Mar 30, 1984

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  1. 1 Going Up / Villiers Terrace 06:12
  2. 2 Heads Will Roll 03:52
  3. 3 Back Of Love 03:23
  4. 4 All That Jazz 03:18
  5. 5 The Killing Moon 04:45
  6. 6 A Promise 03:51
  7. 7 Zimbo (All My Colours) 04:27
  8. 8 Never Stop 04:15
  9. 9 Thorn of Crowns 05:08
  10. 10 The Cutter 03:50
  11. 11 Heaven Up Here 03:56
  12. 12 Crocodiles 06:15
  13. 13 Over The Wall 09:05
  14. 14 Do It Clean 06:54
More Echo & the Bunnymen

Ian McCulloch - vocals, guitar
Will Sergeant - guitar
Les Pattinson - bass
Pete de Freitas - drums

Echo and the Bunnymen is one of the more interesting and innovative pop bands to emerge from the MTV-era British pop scene that also gave us the Cure, the Fixx, and XTC. This show, recorded at the Channel in Boston, was originally recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. It features the best material from the band's early LPs, including "Going Up," "Heads Will Roll," "The Killing Moon," "Never Stop," "Thorn of Crowns," "Over The Wall," "The Cutter," and "Do It Clean." Among the highlights is a version of "Crocodiles" (their first U.K. hit), which morphs into the Doors' classic "Light My Fire."

The group formed in Liverpool in 1978 and released its first album, Crocodiles, in 1980, and remained a rising U.K. act through Porcupine, their third LP, in 1983. This U.S. tour was launched when the band released Ocean Rain on Sire Records in 1984. Although a hit with critics and hardcore alternative music fans, unlike many of its contemporaries such as the Eurhythmics and the Fixx, Echo and the Bunnymen failed to have a commercial breakthrough in the U.S. They did, however, maintain a strong cult following and enough sales to justify continued support from Sire through 1987.

The band released its self-titled LP in 1987, after which lead vocalist and guitarist Ian McCulloch left in 1988 to pursue a solo career. Lead guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson rebuilt the band (without drummer Pete de Freitas) as a five-piece. They released 1990's Reverberation, which failed to be a hit. By 1992, the band had split.

McCulloch also saw limited success as a solo artist, and in 1994 McCulloch and Sergeant began working together again under the name Electrafixion. In 1997, Pattinson joined them and all three decided to reform Echo & the Bunnymen with additional musicians. They remain a recording and tour act today.