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Editors’ Notes

Along with Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen redefined psychedelia in Britain for the 1980s crowd, adding icy guitar riffs to productions that eyed the dance floor with both passion and suspicion, ushering in a new wave of UK pop in the process. This 1985 collection draws together the highlights and British hits from the band’s first four albums, including two single-only releases, 1980’s “The Puppet” and 1983’s “Never Stop,” and the previously unissued track “Bring On the Dancing Horses” that eventually appeared on the 1986 soundtrack for Pretty In Pink. The band never broke past cult status in the U.S., but the raw power of “Do It Clean” and the moody drama of the gorgeous “The Killing Moon” established the group as steady contemporaries of the Cure and New Order on the alternative and college radio charts of the day. Singer Ian McCulloch worked as a solo artist, but eventually rejoined the group. This remains the group’s most crucial period.

Customer Reviews

This is the 80's in a nutshell

This album sets the tone for anyone who loved the alternative side of the 80's. Take one spin of "killing moon" and your hooked. I haven't heard these songs for years and I ran across them recently and wow everything is fresh again.

In Case You Missed This One 20 Years Ago...

Wow. A masterpiece of alternative/new wave music way back before retro, old-school or grunge categories even existed. This is one of those bands that the cool people of the day were into - praise to KROQ in LA for the initial exposure. A short-lived band with unique talent and energy. Throw this album into the 80's time capsule - it is as worthy as any from the decade and it's as good now as it was then.

The Best Album for a Midnight Drive

When I was in High School I used to play this at night and drive around ghost chasing. This album is timeless in so many ways and a great compilation of their hits. One word for this album, magical.


Formed: September, 1978 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

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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