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

Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Their second album, Heaven Up Here (1981), again found favour with the critics and reached number 10 in the UK Album chart. The band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with "The Cutter", and the attendant album, Porcupine (1983), reached number 2 in the UK. Their next release, Ocean Rain (1984), continued the band's UK chart success, and has since been regarded as their landmark release, spawning the hit singles "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "Seven Seas". One more studio album, Echo & the Bunnymen (1987), was released before McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career in 1988.

The following year, in 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident, and the band re-emerged with a new line-up. Original members Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson were joined by Noel Burke as lead singer, Damon Reece on drums and Jake Brockman on keyboards. This new incarnation of the band released Reverberation in 1990, but the disappointing critical and commercial reaction it received culminated with a complete split in 1993.

After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen with the UK Top 10 hit "Nothing Lasts Forever". An album of new material, Evergreen, was greeted enthusiastically by critics and the band made a successful return to the live arena. Though Pattinson left the group for a second time, McCulloch and Sergeant have continued to issue new material as Echo & the Bunnymen, including the albums What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001), Siberia (2005), The Fountain (2009) and Meteorites (2014).

In 2012 Ian McCulloch released his fourth solo LP, Pro Patria Mori and a live album Holy Ghosts in 2013. In 2013 Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson formed a group called "Poltergeist" and released an album called Your Mind Is A Box (Let Us Fill It With Wonder) in June 2013.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Crocodiles 3.65 6
1981 Heaven Up Here 5 6
1983 Porcupine 4.5 5
1984 Ocean Rain 4 5
1987 Echo & The Bunnymen 3.65 5
1990 Reverberation 3
1997 Evergreen 3 3
1999 What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? 2
2001 Flowers 2 3
2005 Siberia 3 2
2009 The Fountain 3
2014 Meteorites 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Songs to Learn & Sing 4 3
1993 The Cutter 1
1997 Ballyhoo: The Best Of 3 4
2001 Crystal Days 1979–1999 2
2006 The Very Best Of: More Songs to Learn and Sing 1
2007 B-Sides & Live (2001–2005) 1
2007 Killing Moon: The Best of Echo and the Bunnymen 1
2008 The Works 1
2009 Original Album Series (Crocodiles / Heaven Up Here / Porcupine / Ocean Rain / Echo & The Bunnymen) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Evergreen History of the Peel Sessions 1979–1997 1
2002 Live in Liverpool (2001-08-17) 1
2006 Me, I'm All Smiles 1
2006 Never Stop: Live in Liverpool 1
2006 Breaking the Back of Love 1
2006 Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 The Pictures on My Wall 5 2
1980 Rescue 1
1980 Crocodiles 5 1
1980 Do It Clean 1
1980 The Puppet 1
1981 A Promise 1
1982 The Back of Love 1
1983 The Cutter 5 1
1983 Never Stop 4 2
1983 The Killing Moon 5 4
1984 Silver 1
1984 Seven Seas 5 2
1985 Bring On the Dancing Horses 4 3
1987 The Game 1
1987 Lips Like Sugar 2
1988 Bedbugs & Ballyhoo 1
1988 People Are Strange 4 2
1990 Enlighten Me 2
1991 Inside Me Inside You 1
1991 Prove Me Wrong 1
1997 Nothing Lasts Forever 4
1997 Don’t Let It Get You Down 2

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