Echo & The Bunnyman Songs Ranked

Echo & the Bunnymen is an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, and bassist Les Pattinson. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer. After releasing a self-titled album in 1987, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St. Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke. In 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen, before Pattinson’s departure in 1998. The band has done some touring and released several albums since the late 1990s to varying degrees of success. Here are all of Echo & The Bunnymen songs ranked.

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10. The Cutter (Porcupine, 1983)

“This song is amongst my favorites in the repertoire of my music knowledge, largely because I feel it can be applicable to the lives of many. Of course, this song can take the form of numerous meanings. In my view, this song relates to escaping lies/sin and having to maintain a gripping effort to maintain these lies so that the truth is not expelled for all fears associated with such endeavors. Moreover, the person who retains lies from wrongdoing has a positive image with others of relation, thus these lies are crafted to avoid a changeling effect.”

9. People are Strange (The Lost Boys, 1987)

“I always found this cover to be better than the original, i mean the song simply flows better and is more melodic. Of course it doesnt have the originality impact as the original, and the difference between the two is not really enough to buy this over the original. Still a great song and a nice effort by the band.”

8. Never Stop (Porcupine, 1983)

“Allegedly Echo and the Bunnymen’s state of the nation address after four years of Thatcherism, but you make of the lyrics what you will. What they manage to do is merge jittery strings with an insistent synth riff, chiming guitars and a merciless yet danceable beat, not to mention Ian McCulloch at his vocal best. And it’s simply mervellous. The flip, taken from Porcupine, was one of that LP’s highlights too.”

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7. All That Jazz (Crocodiles, 1980)

“Since “All that Jazz” was my introduction to this band, I have a fondness for it, but it’s a very intelligent song nonetheless- it’s not just 80s nostalgia that makes it memorable, it’s got a very smart lyric about herd mentality & political extremism that shows McCulloch at his finest, before he got too far out into the ether of poetic vaguery.”

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6. The Game (Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987)

“Have to disagree with the previous review, there is a new mature complexity present here in this intricate song. Although it does seem to be more of an album track than single material; why this as the first release instead of “Lips Like Sugar”, then followed by “Bombers Bay”/”All My Life” as a double A-side. But then I’m not a smart record exec.”

5. Bring on the Dancing Horses (Songs to Learn & Sing, 1985)

“The Bunnymen could write a song like ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses’ in their sleep. Very formulaic for the boys, but pleasant enough (considering the uninspired crap they were about to put out a few months later). The coolness factor on this release (well, the 12″ anyway) is totally taken up by the original version of ‘Bedbugs & Ballyhoo”, a dreamy, laid back psychedelic masterpiece and many orders of magnitude better than the re-recorded version done for the ‘Echo & The Bunnymen’ album.”

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4. New Direction (Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987)

“Echo and the Bunnymen have a unique way of combining thoughtful lyrics with outstanding music which for me is demonstrated in the song New Direction. If you want great music from a simpler time, check out this group.”

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3. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo (Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987)

“The guitars & arrangements overall are just so cool and don’t sound dated at all, despite this being a very classic 80s album. It has a certain stripped-down quality that was the style of the time, but it has plenty of melody & complexity to not sound minimalist & monotone, as was the tendency of a lot of post-punk.”

2. Lips Like Sugar (Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987)

“Loved these guys in the 80’s. Great Music! Dark blending of punk and fusion but pleasing to the ear. Surprisingly not a huge following in the United States but I feel fortunate to have come across their music.”

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1. The Killing Moon (Ocean Rain, 1984)

“The Killing Moon” creates a dramatic mood with its morose atmosphere and swooping orchestration. There is a darkly “nocturnal” character to the track – one that is enhanced greatly by its shimmering guitars, pizzicato string arrangement, martial drumbeat, and icy piano.”