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If a healthy ego was all you needed to suc­ceed in the mu­sic busi­ness, it’s a won­der Liver­pool’s Echo & the Bun­ny­men weren’t the ’80s an­swer to the Bea­tles. “There isn’t a band in the world who’s got a song any­where near The Killing Moon,” Ian McCulloch said last year. Five years ear­lier, the Bun­ny­men singer mod­estly re­marked: “You don’t need to read the Bi­ble; you can get just as much out of The Killing Moon. It’s the great­est song ever writ­ten.” Ahead of next week’s re­lease of Me­te­orites, the band’s first al­bum in five years, McCulloch says he’s now “writ­ing so­lil­o­quies up there with Shake­speare. I need to be as good as him, not just some dick­head in a rock band.” The cho­rus from The Killing Moon –“Fate … up against your will / Through the thick and thin” – is a lyric McCulloch says he woke up with in his head, “as if God had given it to me in my sleep. It’s like that so­lil­o­quy, ‘To be or not to be … ’ But it’s even bet­ter, be­cause I’m f..king singing it.”

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THE KILLING MOON ECHO & THE BUN­NY­MEN, 1984

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