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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Echo and the Bunnymen, Reverberation April 4, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

So what, you say? Well, the Bunnymen had one album which has slipped off the radar. Reverberation, released in 1990 was unusual in so far as Ian McCullough was no longer the lead singer. Having done a runner some while before he was replaced by Noel Burke, a Belfastman who had been singer with St. Vitus Dance prior to this (I’ve never heard them, anyone know if they’re any good? Yeah… present tense… they’ve reformed.).

It’s not a bad album. Granted Burke’s voice is a little overly mannered on some of the album tracks, but on others it really catches fire. The songs themselves have an almost folk like lilt, perhaps due to his style. Perhaps not. As some have noted elsewhere, given a different name this would have made a very credible slice of indie during this period. Actually, it’s funny looking back at it from this remove. You can see hints of baggy, amongst other influences. Which is perfect in a way since what was baggy but a reinterpretation of the psychedelia that had informed E&TB in the first place.

McCullough was, well perhaps not enraged, but not exactly thrilled by the prospect and cue dark mutterings about ‘echoes of the bunnymen’ and so on. If his nose was put out of joint it didn’t last. Within a couple of years he and Sargent were reunited, first in the very slightly grungy Electrafixion and after that in a reprise of the Echo and the Bunnymen. No harm there, although I’ve always thought they were just a little too polite for my tastes compared to the raw power of the earlier albums.

Anyhow, here are some of the songs…

Enlighten Me – Not hugely fond of this, but the characteristic guitar is there.

Reverberation (a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators song). Pretty good, although the dancing… the dancing… 😦

Prove Me Wrong (Promo)…


1. A Very Public Sociologist - April 5, 2009

Dear Comrades

I didn’t have an email address for you, so I hope you don’t mind me leaving this here.

I’m writing to invite you to take part in the Carnival of Socialism. The Carnival has been bringing a fortnightly round up of everything that’s going on in the global socialist blogosphere for the last three years, and draws from a wide and eclectic mix of blogs. It has had the added bonus of helping the blogging left become a more cohesive and welcoming place, as well as delivering more audiences to the blogs that have already taken part.

But the Carnival needs your help. We are looking to expand the number of volunteers beyond a core group of ‘usual suspects’. Previous Carnivals are located on its dedicated blog at http://carnivalofsocialism.blogspot.com to give you an idea of what hosting a carnival entails. We have sessions booked up until 26th April but need volunteers for dates after then. So how about it?

If you would like to sign up for a Carnival, know someone who might, or have any other questions about it please drop me a line at philbc03 at yahoo.com

Socialist Greetings,

Phil BC (A Very Public Sociologist)


2. WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2009

AVPS… worldbystorm[at]eircom.net is my usual email, but that’s cool. Drop me a line…


3. harpymarx - April 9, 2009

To continue to be off-topic I am doing the next Carnival of Socialism on the 12th (blimey…that date came around all of a sudden..where has the time gawn…)

Anyway, back on topic… Way hey..! The Bunnymen, their hayday of the 1980s.. The Cutter, Back of Love, Killing Moon (memories of the film Donny Darko)…

And this is interesting as I don’t know much of their work from this period. So thanks for that WbS. It was remiss of me not to check it out before and also not to check this post out before.


4. Andrew Conroy - September 22, 2009

Late catching onto this post, but I’ve just been listening to Reverberation, and I still think it’s the band’s best album. The songs are great, the arrangements hugely inventive.

I’ve been threatened with violence many times for saying this, however.


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