The band's classic lineupnote
"Bring on the dancing horses Echo & the Bunnymen
Wherever they may roam
Shiver and say the words
Of every lie you've heard"
- "Bring on the Dancing Horses"
are a Post-Punk Psychedelic Rock
band from Liverpool, England. They were part of the Neo-Psychedelic scene in Liverpool before breaking out in The Eighties
with popular albums and singles like Crocodiles
and "The Cutter", reaching their peak in 1984 with Ocean Rain
. Singer Ian McCulloch left the band in 1988 to start a solo career, and after the death of drummer Pete de Freitas and a brief reformation with Irish singer Noel Burke, McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant reformed in 1997. The band are currently still performing and recording, with their Revolving Door Band
lineup always centered around McCulloch and Sergeant.
- Crocodiles - (1980)
- Heaven Up Here - (1981)
- Porcupine - (1983)
- Ocean Rain - (1984)
- Echo & the Bunnymen - (1987)
- Reverberation - (1990)
- Evergreen - (1997)
- What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? - (1999)
- Flowers - (2001)
- Siberia - (2005)
- The Fountain - (2009)
- Meteorites - (2014)
This band provides examples of:
- Alternative Rock
- The Band Minus the Face: Reverberation was recorded with Irish singer Noel Burke in place of Ian McCulloch. Its poor reception, due in part to McCulloch's replacement, led the band to dissolve again.
- Call Back: Evergreen's album art mimics that of their first album, Crocodiles.
- Cover Version: Two of The Doors: "People Are Strange" and "Ship of Fools"
- Darker and Edgier: Heaven Up Here is bleaker and heavier than Crocodiles, with its proto-Goth Rock sound and nightmarish lyrics.
- The Eighties
- Goth Rock: One of the Post-Punk forerunners with their darker work, particularly 1981's Heaven Up Here with its dark, nightmarish tone and tribal drumming, and 1984's Ocean Rain and its nighttime romanticism.
- Looks Like Cesare: Ian and his wild, dark hair.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Much of their work falls into the 3-4 range, with some going up to about a 5 and a decent number going down to 2. "The Killing Moon", for example, is a good example of the latter.
- Non-Indicative Name: There's no one named Echo in the band. People think it was the name of the band's drum machine from before Pete de Freitas joined, but the band have denied this.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: Ian's voice was a quivering wail until The Noughties, when the years of smoking made it rougher and deeper.
- Psychedelic Rock: Part of the Liverpool Neo-Psychedelic scene alongside The Teardrop Explodes.
- Revolving Door Band: Since 1999, Ian and Will are the only constant band members.
- Sanity Slippage:
- The subject of "Over the Wall"
- Subverted in "Is This a Breakdown?"
"I don't think so"
- Self-Titled Album: Their 1987 album