The Best Of Echo & ThE bun­ny­mEn

Q (UK) - - Marverick -

McCul­loch in­sists his was the great­est band ever. Not en­tirely with­out rea­son… 1 GO­ING UP Crocodiles (1980) The lit­eral lift-off. Open­ing a clas­sic de­but with a slow spec­tral fade-in and a bounc­ing bassline was such a great idea The Stone Roses nicked it. 2 NO DARK THINGS Heaven Up Here (1981) Al­bum two was prime post-punk gloom, but this scratchy sparkle of light proved the Bun­ny­men had too much joy to ever be Joy Di­vi­sion. 3 THE CUT­TER Por­cu­pine (1983) Con­quer­ing their way into the pop main­stream with Sel­lotape, knives, raga vi­o­lin and a brass surge like Je­sus scor­ing a hat-trick. Pos­i­tively re­li­gious. 4 CLAY Por­cu­pine (1983) “Am I the ‘suck’ in cess?” en­quires Mac The Mouth, his hith­erto hid­den self-doubt now sud­denly ex­posed to view amid a stars­pan­gled frenzy of melodic riches.

5 NOC­TUR­NAL ME Ocean Rain (1984) Be­cause no­body told them that al­ter­na­tive gui­tar bands weren’t meant to or­ches­trate songs the size of a Rus­sian state fu­neral. Phe­nom­e­nal. 6 THORN OF CROWNS Ocean Rain (1984) Like drop­ping acid in a Turk­ish bazaar, Mac stut­ters his gro­ceries over Sergeant’s snakecharm­ing riff and De Freitas’s dev­il­ishly deft brushes. 7 OCEAN RAIN Ocean Rain (1984) Wash­ing away their ev­ery peer and ri­val from U2 to The Smiths like sand­cas­tles. The phil­har­monic Bun­ny­men hit­ting the peak of sub­lime. 8 BRING ON THE DANC­ING HORSES Sin­gle (1985) Sur­real won­drous­ness. The un­likely lovechild of The Stran­glers’ Mac fave Skin Deep and David Niven’s me­moir Bring On The Empty Horses. 9 WHAT ARE YOU GO­ING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? What Are You Go­ing To Do With Your Life? (1999) On which a wist­ful McCul­loch croons Mid­night Cow­boy on life’s lonely high­way. 10 THE KILLING MOON The Stars, The Oceans And The Moon (2018) New “Thomas Jerome New­ton ver­sion” of a mas­ter­piece. Mac’ll prob­a­bly be singing it on his deathbed.

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