I remember my first impression of “The Puppet” in URGH! as the jangly, angular song with the pale lead singer.
I still find Ian McCulloch to be one of the best-looking guys in rock. I miss seeing his eyes for sure, as he often wears sunglasses everywhere lately.
I’ll be honest – I came late to Echo & the Bunnymen. Or, I came to them right on time. I don’t know that I would have appreciated their music if I had been turned on to them earlier. My first major recollection besides “The Puppet” was their track on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack, “Bring On The Dancing Horses.” In exploring their back catalog, I bought Songs To Learn & Sing because it had “Dancing Horses” on it and that record in turn exposed me to “The Puppet” again, along with hits from their back catalog, like “The Killing Moon” and “The Cutter,” a song that to me has the best middle 8 in all of pop music.
I’ve since come to know their albums previous to Songs to Learn & Sing fairly well, and I always liked their self-titled “last” album in 1987 before Ian left the band for a solo career and Pete DeFreitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. I only recently learned that the band didn’t like Echo & the Bunnymen much. I saw them live when they were touring that album. They played Red Rocks with Gene Loves Jezebel and New Order. Ian was in fantastic voice despite being completely loaded. I recall him telling a story about drinking Coronas with people in the parking lot.
The Bunnymen have released four other albums since Evergreen, with a fifth, Meteorites, out this past May. They have been very active since that album’s release, touring the album in the UK & the US, and recently streamed a concert over Yahoo! The Bunnymen will appear on Late Show with David Letterman on ThURGHsday! August 21st. I’m looking forward to seeing them on the show!
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