April 13, 2012

Echo & The Bunnymen - in it for the long haul.

I haven't really hard much about Echo & The Bunnymen lately, even though the band has stayed together (with numerous personnel changes) the better part of 30 years. Founding member Ian McCulloch has consistently stayed with the band. I remember hearing them in the early 80's when the music scene shifted into Post-Punk before splintering into Alternative, Indie, New Wave, New Romantic and on and on and on. Echo & The Bunnymen were one of the first to dive into the new genre, and in doing so influenced a number of bands who came on the scene after them.

It wasn't until the mid-80's that Echo & The Bunnymen gathered momentum in the mainstream. Prior to that they had good press and word-of-mouth status and they were much better known in their native UK than they were here. But they persisted and did quite well before hitting some snags and dissolving, and eventually resurfacing with new personnel and some direction changes.

Tonight it's a session they recorded in 1980, their 3rd for the John Peel Program at The BBC, on November 4, 1980.

Here's what they play.

1. It's Heaven Up Here
2. That Golden Smile
3. Turquoise Days
4. All My Colours Turn To Cloud

Kicking off the weekend with a revisit to the 80's.

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