Ty’s Forgotten Greats – Echo & The Bunnymen!
Ty’s Forgotten Greats is all about music that made us feel really good – even if it was many moons ago. Most of my ‘Greats’ will be coming straight out of the 80’s, or early 90’s – so if you are about my age – many of these artists may be very familiar to you. If you aren’t old enough to remember the music, then enjoy the videos, and the brief history lesson.
The first installment of TFG focuses on one of my favorite bands from the 80’s, Echo & The Bunnymen. Never heard of them? That’s not surprising, they never achieved the success in the U.S. that they did in England – but they were a big part of the “British Invasion” back in the early-mid 80’s, and remain one of the most influential bands in pop music history, to come from England.
The band formed in 1979, but didn’t achieve major recognition until 1983, with the release of their third album, Porcupine. The first song that most of America ever heard from Echo & the Bunnymen was called “The Cutter” – but also on that album is “The Killing Moon” – a true fan favorite that many of us can sing backwards and forwards – really showing off the powerfully haunting vocals of Ian McCulloch.
Nobody ever sounded like that before. I’m pretty sure noone has sounded like that since, either, though many have tried.
The music kept getting better, and the success continued to grow. The next album, Ocean Rain (1984), and gave us the single “Seven Seas”.
I always love a little stroll down memory lane, don’t you? It’s kinda funny what was considered ‘cool’ back in 1984.
In 1985, the group released only a single, but it proved to be their biggest hit in the United States. It has become their anthem – “Bring On The Dancing Horses” – and was featured in the movie ‘Pretty In Pink’.
Now that is some mean lip-sync’ing right there! Did you notice that Ian’s pants are @ three inches too short? And why are they so expression-less? IDK – but it is amazing how much women loved these guys!
The group broke up in 1988, but before that released the self titled “Echo & the Bunnymen”. The last meaningful song the band recorded was 1987’s ‘Lips Like Sugar’. If you’ve ever known someone that you couldn’t stop thinking about KISSING – here you go!
Do you like the guys with the big globes on their heads?
Echo & the Bunnymen have put out several albums in subsequent years, but none have been as impactful as their music from the mid 80’s.
They may be a ‘forgotten’ great now – but @ 30 years ago, they were just GREAT! The kind of band that will always take you back to a certain; time, place, or someone.