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Monday, August 08, 2005

Review: Echo & The Bunnymen - Songs To Learn & Sing

I can't think of a more uninteresting popular and influential new wave band than Echo & The Bunnymen. Often times you don't notice creativity and musical depth in groups you're not big on, and when Crocodiles came out in 1980 I was underwhelmed. I much preferred former pre-Echo associate Julian Cope's The Teardrop Explodes. I also thought visually Ian McCulloch was simply a less extreme Robert Smith. One was enough.

Listening to their 1985 hits collection Songs To Learn & Sing I've concluded there's very little "there" there when it comes to Echo & The Bunnymen. It's lacking in their most popular songs so I doubt it lurks on the b-sides. Sure they had some hits but oh my how shallow they were, repeating themselves and lacking cleverness and surprises. However a song starts is how it pretty much middles and ends. There's also an awkwardness in some of the rhythms.

On the high end you can lump them in with The Simple Minds and The Psychedelic Furs but Echo & The Bunnymen often give just a little more than Orange Juice and Aztec Camera.

Ouch.

9 Comments:

Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

Bollocks.

1:07 PM

 
Blogger Emerson said...

That's a Sex Pistols album.

I await YOUR blog, Evol!

1:32 PM

 
Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

Wouldn't that be like starting a prog band in 1977?

Echo were a very tight and dynamic unit in their earlier days. The late Peter DeFreitas was one of the most underrated drummers of the day. He did amazing things with his pedals, like that double-kick thing on "The Cutter" (an awkward rhythm?). He also could bash the shit out of a drum kit with brushes.

1:52 PM

 
Blogger Emerson said...

I like anchovies. I like hairy, salty fish. EVERYBODY should like anchovies. What's not to like? Salt, hair - everybody wins... except of course Echo & The Bunnypeople.

1:56 PM

 
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4:05 PM

 
Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

This is what you get for being such a big meanie: shills for fertility pills!

5:12 PM

 
Blogger Emerson said...

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5:37 PM

 
Blogger Robert G. said...

Well, while we're on the topic...

I, too, have a blog--a very, VERY progressive one, if you catch my drift.

Evol

7:00 AM

 
Anonymous Blondini said...

Echo and the Bunnymen

The cutter
Back of love
Killing Moon

That's all you need to hear.

1:51 PM

 

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