Echo and the Bunnymen
Formed in 1978 out of the fertile Liverpudlian post-punk milieu, Echo and The Bunnymen – originally comprising charismatic frontman Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, bass player Les Pattinson and their ‘echo’ – in the form of a drum machine – went on to become one of the biggest and most respected UK exports of the 80s. The band progressed from the Nuggets-garage / Television influences of their debut ‘Crocodiles’ to the bombast of their 1984 masterpiece ‘Ocean Rain’. Who can forget the majesty of ‘Lips Like Sugar’, ‘The Cutter’ and ‘Killing Moon’, which memorably featured in the acclaimed cult film Donnie Darko. The band split towards the end of the decade, but reformed to great acclaim in the late nineties.