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More pop-saavy than Josef K and not as crassly commercial as Duran Duran, Echo & the Bunnymen were as distinctive a group of musicians as Liverpool ever produced. But though they flirted with the glossy melodrama of the New Romantic movement and the angular guitar-led sounds of some of Britain’s more pop-oriented post-punk adventurers, they never fit comfortably into either camp, and are often only remembered thanks to their best selling compilation Songs to Learn and Sing. This is a shame, because Echo & The Bunnymen created some of the most compelling pop albums of the ‘80s, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than on their remarkably cohesive debut Crocodiles. On Crocodiles, the Bunnymen leaven the often overwhelming melancholy mastered by the likes of Ian Curtis with a canny appreciation of classic pop songwriting and a grandiose, Beatles-esque approach to production that some saw as a move towards a new psychedelia. The result is a stirring yet endlessly accessible work that forgoes the breakneck squall of punk for a more relaxed approach that values inventiveness and virtuosity over brutal intensity. Though Echo & the Bunnymen would go on to refine their aesthetic over a series of increasingly successful album, Crocodiles remains their most concise and rewarding work.
An incredible debut album by these four lads from Liverpool...
The last time an English group released a debut album this good it was 1964 and the band was called The Beatles. Crocodiles is just a glimpse into the dark, brooding juggernaut that the Bunnymen would eventually become. Rescue and Do It Clean may have been the "hits", but I prefer the melodic psychedelia of Pictures On My Wall, the amphetamine-fueled Villiers Terrace, and the wonderful bass/drum combination on Monkeys. Bassist Les Pattenson and Drummer Pete De Freitas truly shine on this album--it's a rhythmic mind-blow. Not to discount the fine guitar work of Will Seargant--it's just that the rhythm section truly drives this release. Of course the spaceship needs a captain and it has one in Ian McCullough. When I first heard him sing "If they're watching my film...Analyzing me...Rusty junker squawker....Shaking up it say." on Going Up, I knew he'd be a star. "Stars are stars and they shine so hard". Indeed. Just buy this album. In its entirety.
get it home on time.
This isn't the Bunny Men's best album. It's the only album as far as Im concerned.
One of their Best!
If your and old 80's New Wave fan and like old Cure, you will love this album. I was listening to Sirrus and heard "Do it Clean" and freaked out, I had not heard that song in years... I had this CD, but it must have got lost in years of travel and shuffle. Every song is intense... talk about bringing back memories... I have not heard this album in years and it sure made my drive to work a lot better today! Personally I am not into live versions, but since every song on the album is awesome, I'd download the whole thing.... if you other bunnymen, you CAN'T go wrong.
Formed: September, 1978 in Liverpool, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By Echo & The Bunnymen
||Lips Like Sugar||Echo & the Bunnymen||4:51||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Killing Moon||Songs to Learn and Sing||5:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bring On the Dancing Horses||Songs to Learn and Sing||3:55||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Killing Moon||Ocean Rain||5:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||People Are Strange||Crystal Days 1979-1999 (Box Set)||4:32||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Cutter||Porcupine (Expanded Version)||3:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bedbugs and Ballyhoo||Echo & the Bunnymen||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bring On the Dancing Horses (Extended Mix)||Echo & the Bunnymen||5:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Never Stop||Songs to Learn and Sing||4:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Cutter||Songs to Learn and Sing||3:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|