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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

a defining record of lost boy generation

This band is seriously underrated and should hold a place, above the Cure and Violent Femmes, alongside with Joy Division. In a weary world of over the hil and far away, this used to make my obnoxious depression a sacarment. These days, it gently soothes my rage at a world gone wrong. I will not single out a song, as all are a unique submission that uplift and calm.

Great Purchase.

Post-Punk. These guys define the genre. Do it Clean made me want to play guitar, and why not, it envelopes garage rock meeting unsettling talent. The live tracks give you a sense of how confident this band was or appeared to be even when they were making it up as they went along. Villiers Terrace, Happy Death Men and Rescue are glimpses into what the Bunnymen have in store throughout most of their catalogue, drawing on Bowie, Television and the innumerable influences that Will Sargeant brings to the table.


Formed: September, 1978 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Echo & the Bunnymen's dark, swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors-inspired psychedelia brought the group a handful of British hits in the early '80s, while attracting a cult following in the United States. The Bunnymen grew out of the Crucial Three, a late-'70s trio featuring vocalist Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, and Julian Cope. Cope and Wylie left the group by the end of 1977, forming the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively. McCulloch met guitarist Will Sergeant in the summer of 1978...
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