Originating in Liverpool, England, in 1978, Echo and the Bunnymen formed when former member of the Crucial Three and A Shallow Madness, later The Teardrop Explodes, Ian McCulloch joined forces with Will Sergeant, guitarist, and Les Pattinson, bassist. In its earlier days, Echo and the Bunnymen were backed by a drum machine, long believed to be the "Echo" of the band's name despite its members' repeated denials. The band made its performance debut at Eric's Club, playing a version of a single song - "Monkeys," which the band retitled "I Bagsy Yours" - that lasted 20 minutes. The band released its first single, "The Pictures on My Wall," the following year. By the time of Echo and the Bunnymen's '80s debut release of Crocodiles, Pete de Freitas replaced the questionably named drum machine on actual drums.
Echo, The Drum Machine?
In its time, Echo and the Bunnymen has put out 13 studio albums, including its arguably most successful album Ocean Rain (1984), which the band promoted as "the greatest album ever made" and which went on to hit No. 4 on the UK chart. Echo and the Bunnymen songs have made their way into many Hollywood films such as Pretty in Pink, Grosse Pointe Blank, Donnie Darko and The Lost Boys as well as the TV shows Stranger Things and Misfits.
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Who are the members of Echo and the Bunnymen?
In addition to founding members McCulloch and Sergeant, Echo and the Bunnymen also includes Stephen Brannan on bass (as of 2005) and Nicholas Kilroe (as of 2007.) Joining that foursome on tour are Jez Wing on keyboards (as of 2009) and Kelley Stoltz (as of 2016.)
Who has played live with Echo and the Bunnymen on tour?
Musicians who have previously played with Echo and the Bunnymen on tour include (in order of performing with the band) Jake Brockman, Jeremy Stacey, Paul Fleming, Ged Malley, Gordy Goudie, Nicholas Kilroe, Gillian Grant, Kirsty Main, Annemarie McGahon, Heather Lynn and Pete Reilly.
What can I expect from Echo and the Bunnymen?
Echo and the Bunnymen play a crossover of post punk and new wave music. In addition to its own originals, Echo and the Bunnymen often throw a few cover songs into its set, including tracks originally performed by the bands The Doors, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones and Television.
What songs might I hear at an Echo and the Bunnymen performance?
At any Echo and the Bunnymen show, you are bound to hear many of the band's top hits, such as "Enlighten Me," "Get in the Car," "I Want to Be There (When You Come)," "In the Margins," "Inside Me, Inside You," "Never Stop," "People Are Strange," "Prove Me Wrong," "Rescue," "Rust," "Silver," "Stormy Weather," "The Puppet," "The Back of Love," "The Cutter," and "Think I Need It Too" are all found on Echo and the Bunnymen albums.
You can see an Echo and the Bunnymen concert throughout the year and across the globe. Shows outside the US include at W-Fest in Belgium, Sefton Park in Liverpool, Pirineos Sur in Sallent de Gallego, Spain, and the Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall in Co Laois, Ireland. Venues within North America where Echo and the Bunnymen perform include the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Back to Top