Monday, 22 August 2011

MM: The Killing Moon by Echo & the Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen emerged from the Liverpool post-punk scene based in Eric's Club (which was located on the same street as the Cavern Club). Following his sacking from A Shallow Madness (later The Teardrop Explodes), Ian McCulloch teamed up with guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson, making their live d├ębut in 1978. Initially, they used a drum machine for performances before hiring Pete de Freitas.

The band released their first album, Crocodiles, in 1980 reaching number 17 in the UK album charts. Their breakthrough hit came two years later: 'The Back of Love' got to number 19 in the UK singles chart. The following year they had their first top ten hit: 'The Cutter'.

In 1984 they released the seminal Ocean Rain, from which 'The Killing Moon' is taken. In spite of their success, McCulloch decided to quit the group in 1988. Tragedy followed the next year when de Freitas died in a motorcycle accident.

Pattinson and Sergeant soldiered on before finally disbanding the group in 1993. McCulloch, Sergeant and Pattinson released a new album as Echo & the Bunnymen in 1997. Two years later Pattinson left the group to look after his mother, leaving the other two to continue recording and touring.

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Mike Golch said...

interesting,Happy MM.

Namz said...

First time for me. I'd have to say there's still strong punk influence in there. A cool genre.

Happy MM!

Namz recent post I'm Free

LadyJava said...

Happy MM!

Emm said...

I adore this song! I only discovered it in the past ten years or so as my favourite Bunnymen songs had been "Lips Like Sugar" and "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo" from their eponymous 1987 album, but this is now my favourite of theirs.

Stepterix said...

Thank you all for the comments

Namz: Certainly in the attitude if not the music.

Emm: It is a favourite of mine too.