The Best Of Echo & ThE bunnymEn
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.