Echo and the Bunnymen were at the forefront of the post punk era. Formed in Liverpool this late '70's group was consciously literary, outspoken and sometimes aggressive and arrogant. Vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and Bass Player Les Pattinson were the initial line up with Pete de Freitas (drums) joining them for their critically acclaimed debut album "Crocodiles" which made the top 20.
Their follow up album in 1981 "The Cutter" was equally well received and made the top 10. "Porcupine" made number 2 in 1983 and was followed up by "Ocean Rain" the following year with singles like "Silver", "The Killing Moon" and "Seven Seas".
After an intense couple of years touring they released their final album, "Echo and The Bunnymen", before Ian McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career. The following year De Freitas died in a motorcycle accident. In 1994 McCulloch and Sergeant began working together again under the name Electrafixion and were joined in 1997 by Pattinson meaning all the surviving members of Echo & The Bunnymen were working together again.
The band's name is thought to have come from the name of the drum machine (Echo) they used before De Freitas joined them, this has been often refuted by the band.
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