Plus, I love this song.
I think strangely they’re one of the perfect festival bands; they always brought lots of dry ice with em, they were always cloaked in darkness with twitching lights and I just think it’s one of those bands that always worked at a festival if they brought all those things with them - the darkness and the dry ice. I think Echo & The Bunnymen was the one group between us all except for the Clash that we all absolutely loved. So there you go.
James Dean Bradfield on Echo & the Bunnymen.
Echo and the Bunnymen was the first concert I ever saw. It was right about the time of the Ocean Rain album— the most beautifully orchestrated rock album of all time, I think. Myself, Sean [Moore], and Richey [James Edwards] from the Manics went to see play them in Bristol, just over the Channel in England. That was the first concert I ever saw. We hung around at soundcheck. We figured out where the backstage door was, and we just hung around there. We waited and got autographs and did what everybody else does. It was really strange to see that every member of the band reacted in a different way. They give you this impression that all bands are organic living things that just have different rhythms from other walks of human life.
It was just a great moment for us, really. It’s probably my best memory of music itself, going to that concert, getting Ian McCulloch’s autograph, meeting the drummer Pete de Freitas, meeting the guitarist Will Sergeant— who was really aloof. He didn’t really want to sign an autograph because he thought we were deifying him and he didn’t want to be deified. Les Pattinson, the bass player, was just really sweet and cool. And then when we actually saw them and we saw the Cretins open on the stage for the first time and we heard the deafening sound of live music, which we’d just been listening to on record for ages, it was probably my best memory of music.
James Dean Bradfield, on Echo and the Bunnymen.
Ian McCulloch in Fool’s Mate Magazine June · 1986