Echo and the Bunnymen

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Ocean Rain (1984)
Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)

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The Killing Moon (1984)
Lips Like Sugar (1987)

Echo and the Bunnymen @ Wikipedia

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Will Echo and the Bunnymen be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


24 comments so far (post your own)

Updating psychidelia for the 80s generation, Echo and the Bunnymen are a true treat to listen to. Should they get ing? Probably. Will they get in? Nope.

Posted by Kit on Friday, 12.22.06 @ 12:26pm

Should they get in? Talk about mediocrity. Why not just let any band in for gods sake.....Gimme a break

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 02.26.07 @ 11:26am

Not enough time signature changes for you, I guess?

Posted by Kit on Friday, 03.9.07 @ 20:24pm

Time signature changes - not. Conversely, should they bein simply because they are Punk?

Just not much of a catalog of influential music, simple as that, you elitist snob...

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.21.07 @ 09:11am

yeah, how about you get a copy of Songs to learn and sing (and actually listen to it) and say that.

and don't compare them to Rush

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 09.18.07 @ 11:53am

"should they bein simply because they are Punk"

it would help if they were punk at all. as for influence, your favourite the Ocean Blue cited them

Posted by liam on Sunday, 10.28.07 @ 09:35am

This was a great live band. Saw them at the Beacon Theatre and they put on one hell of a show. If and when the HoF addresses this era, I think them along with the Cure, Gang of Four, Psych Furs and many others just may receive their long overdo recognition.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 11.24.07 @ 16:29pm

"This was a great live band."

They're still going, actually.

Posted by LLIIAAMM on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 11:00am

BETTER THAN U2!!!!!!!!!!!


Naw, they're actually probably about the same in the song-writing department - just I pick Echo 'cos they're not as big, and Echo are way cooler.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 12:40pm

Hey Shawn, I'm still yet to hear your thoughts on Ocean Rain.... :(

Posted by Liam on Monday, 05.5.08 @ 09:45am

Listening to Ocean Rain today - will get back to you.

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 05.6.08 @ 11:08am

Well Liam, finished with Ocean Rain twice now.
As Kit says, a treat to listen to - liked them right from the first listen - sorry that I missed them in the 80's. Really like the integration of strings - cellos and violins and such; also like the drumming... sounds live, but I read that "Echo" was the name of their drum machine.

Fav track is #5 - Thorn of Crowns; WOW! What a supremely cool tune - one of the most fascinating pieces of music I've ever heard. They go from Dick Dale surf guitar to sitar to Stooges punk energy to channeling The Doors; loved that tune, unbelievable!
Second fav is track #6 - Killing Moon. Can see why it's been used in soundtracks.

Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 22:55pm

The band themselves actually denied that they got the "Echo" part from their drum machine. They only used a drum machine for a very small part of their early career, and they got the late, great Pete deFreitas for all their albums until their eponymous (he died in '89 in a motorcycle accident).

My favourites on the record (aside from The Killing Moon, which is arguably one of the greatest songs ever written and definitely one of my favourite songs ever) are The Yo Yo Man, for being so endlessly weird, and Nocturnal Me, for being so dark. Thorn of Crowns is great too, especially for the title!

Crocodiles, their debut, is very sparky - the psychedelic influences are there, just not as prominent.
Heaven Up Here is much darker in mood, and has an evident influence from Gang of Four (and I'm still not sure why it gets the unfair bad rap it does).
Porcupine is all-out weird, and I consider it to be post-punk's answer to The Doors' Strange Days. Some really great instrumentation on that one, and it's currently my favourite.
The eponymous is the weakest of the first five, but it's still a very good listen and a good summation of their efforts. Lips Like Suagr is one of the most joyous songs I've ever heard, and the song-writing is at least pretty good throughout, but it's not one to get before the first four.

Posted by Liam on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 11:21am

Hey Liam - liked "Ocean Rain" so much that I am on to 83's "Porcupine" today; thought I'd take the "all out weird" road. I'll let you know my impressions in a few days.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 15:37pm

I was (and still am) a HUGE fan of Echo and the Bunnymen. Three brilliant albums IMO and some of the most memorable songs of the era. Totally agree with Liam on "Killing Moon" being one of the greatest songs ever. As much as I love Ocean Rain and Porcupine, I'm probably most partial to Crocodiles. "Pictures On My Wall", "Happy Death Men", "Do It Clean", "Monkeys"........not a throwaway on the entire album.

Mediocre? Anonymous must be oblivious. Oh wait he's a Rush fan! Whatever.

Any of you guys ever listen to the Mighty Lemon Drops? Talk about a band that wanted to be Echo and the Bunnymen!!!!

Posted by on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 05:06am

I've never listened to "Ocean Rain" that much. I prefer "Heaven Up Here" - especially the title track - EPIC!

Posted by denyo on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 17:23pm

Should they get in? Maybe. They're certainly unique (I'm getting into them now thanks to Joy Division). Will they? Nope.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 06.29.10 @ 19:03pm

If Coldplay makes it, then E & the BM should easily be allowed in.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 06.29.10 @ 19:19pm

An excellent point, Chalkie. I hadn't even thought of that.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 16:25pm

Should they get in? Talk about mediocrity. Why not just let any band in for gods sake.....Gimme a break

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 02.26.07 @ 11:26am

What to mean? Do you even know who Echo and the Bunnymen are? Do the songs "Lips Like Sugar" or "The Killing Moon" or the album Ocean Rain ring a bell? I'll admit It'll be a tough road when other post-punk bands like Joy Division are going on 7 years now without even being considered but they certainly aren't a "mediocre" band.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 12:10pm

Correction: "What DO YOU mean?"

In anyway, It's nice to see FRL giving them 40% induction chances

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 12:12pm

I tried listening to these polesmokers once but the CD made my cd player throw up and curl up whimpering in the corner as if it had been sexually assaulted.
That is how vile and repulsive the sounds wafting from that disc were.
I would rather listen to Rosanne Barr rap the National Anthem while Psy pleasures a parapalegic penguin with his nose than listen to any more of this contemptable swill.
Like this crapola doesn't make you a makes you a shitsuckingbuttsniffingcockfacedjackass

Posted by You Suck For Liking This Band on Friday, 01.11.13 @ 16:53pm

..anyone see the live videos of 'with a hip','do it clean' and 'never stop'? favorite song being 'silver' from ocean rain. This was pre grunge..anyone old enough to remember..oh were we jamming to this..what came after who knows?..tell me they aren't worthy.

Posted by Echonaut on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 19:02pm

They absolutely belong in the rock hall. Below is a post on my Echo and the Bunnymen to the Rock Hall FB page explaining what I believe to be wrong with the Rock Hall's selection process and my reasons for E&TB inclusion. Please like my page if you're a fan.

Posted by Mary Sweeney on Sunday, 12.20.15 @ 12:45pm

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