ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – Their Stunning Debut Album ‘CROCODILES’ Came Out 40 Years Ago – 18 July 1980


16 July 2020

Band: Echo & The Bunnymen (Liverpool, UK)
Active: 1978-1993, 1996-present
Album: Crocodiles – debut LP
Released: 18 July 1980 – 40 years ago

Rolling Stone wrote: “Echo and the Bunnymen dive straight into the mystic on their debut album, Crocodiles. Singer-guitarist Ian McCulloch specializes in a sort of apocalyptic brooding, combining Jim Morrison-style psychosexual yells, a flair for David Bowie-like vocal inflections and the nihilistic bark of his punk peers into a disturbing portrait of the singer as a young neurotic… McCulloch trips out on his worst fears: isolation, death, sexual and emotional bankruptcy… it’s the unnerving contrast between the colliding guitars and McCulloch’s
tortured yelp that gives Crocodiles its dramatic impetus.”
Score: 4/5

Key phrase: ‘Things are wrong, things are going wrong, can you tell that in a song?’

Keywords: Bowie and Morrison having a cup of tea with the Big Mouth / stars are
stars / geniuses at work / stunning start of a remarkable career with a series of
classic longplayers / one of my favorite bands of all-time on record and on stage

Singles: Pictures On My Wall / Rescue


Is this the blues I’m singing?

The classic in full…

R.I.P. Pete de Freitas

Black sleeve

‘RESCUE’ By ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Released 40 Years Ago – Happy Birthday IAN McCULLOCH

Top singles from the past…

5 May 2020

40 years ago, on 5 May 1980, Liverpool legends ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN released
24 Karat standout single RESCUE via Korova (with Simple Stuff as B-side). Not only one
of the supreme stunners by this iconic band, but unquestionably one of the best songs
of all time in my book. It was only the stars’ second single (‘The Pictures On My Wall
was their debut 7″) taken from their first masterpiece LP ‘Crocodiles ‘.

Won’t you come on down to my
Won’t you come on down to my rescue

Things are wrong
Things are going wrong
Can you tell that in a song
Losing sense of those harder things
Is this the blues I’m singing?

Studio version…

Masterly live version

Transformed version – from newest album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon


Also forty years ago – 5 May 1980 – charismatic frontman and songwriter Ian McCulloch – one of the best voices in the history of rock music – celebrated his 21st birthday. So today the King of Kings with Lips Like Sugar who jumped Over The Wall singing All That Jazz while sailing The Seven Seas through Ocean Rain turns 61 years young. Happy B. big mouth!

I saw the band 28 times live. Never ever did they disappoint.

IAN McCULLOCH Performing LOU REED Classic SWEET JANE On Belgian TV (2002)

Memorable live moments

Watch Echo & The Bunnymen‘s living legend and charismatic frontman
IAN McCULLOCH performing Lou Reed‘s timeless classic SWEET JANE on a
Belgian TV Talk Show with its house band, featuring great Belgian musicians,
on 23rd April, 2002. Top rendition from one of the coolest voices ever.

Standin’ on a corner,
Suitcase in my hand.
Jack’s in his car, says to Jane, who’s in her vest,
Me, babe, I’m in a rock n’ roll band.
Ridin’ in a Stutz Bearcat, Jim,
Those were different times.
And the poets studied rows of verse,
And the ladies rolled their eyes


Taking a walk on the wild side… (pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

‘What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?’ By ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (1999)

Old and new albums to make your day

25 February 2020

Band: Echo & The Bunnymen

Album: What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? – the band’s 8th album

Released: 5 April 1999

Chart score: Peaked at #21 on the UK Albums Chart

TUTV says: A both heartwarming and soul-stirring record. With lots of questions, about you and me, me and you, relationships, grief and hope, daily life, life in general, love and pain and anything that troubles or enlightens our minds and thoughts about the people we really care for. A plain-spoken meditation about being human among your beloved one(s), about those mixed emotions that confuse our longing lives on a regular basis. An overlooked and underrated masterwork!

Three highlights

– RUST –



Album in full here…