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

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