Echo & the Bunnymen discography

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Echo & the Bunnymen discography
A guitarist on the left and a singer on the right performing on stage.
Will Sergeant (left) and Ian McCulloch in concert in 2005
Releases
Studio albums 12
Live albums 10
Compilation albums 9
EPs 8
Singles 30
Video albums 5
Music videos 22

The discography of Echo & the Bunnymen, a British post-punk band which formed in 1978, consists of twelve studio albums, ten live albums, nine compilation albums, eight extended plays (EP), and thirty singles on Zoo Records; WEA and its subsidiaries, Korova, Sire Records, London Records and Rhino; Cooking Vinyl; and Ocean Rain Records, as well as five music VHS/DVDs, and twenty-two music videos.

Echo & the Bunnymen's original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas had joined as the band's drummer, and their debut album, Crocodiles, met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Their second album, Heaven Up Here (1981), again found favour with critics and reached number 10 in the UK. The band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with the single "The Cutter", and the attendant album, Porcupine (1983), which reached number two in the UK. The next release, Ocean Rain (1984), regarded as their landmark release, spawned the hit singles "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "Seven Seas". One more studio album, Echo & the Bunnymen (1987), was released before McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career in 1988. The following year, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident, and the band re-emerged with a new line-up. Sergeant and Pattinson were joined by Noel Burke as lead singer, Damon Reece on drums and Jake Brockman on keyboards. They released Reverberation in 1989, but the disappointing critical and commercial reaction it received culminated with a complete disbanding in early 1993.

After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch, Sergeant and Pattinson regrouped in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen with the UK Top 10 hit "Nothing Lasts Forever". An album of new material, Evergreen, was greeted enthusiastically by critics and the band made a successful return to the live arena. Though Pattinson left the group for a second time, McCulloch and Sergeant continue to record as Echo & the Bunnymen, releasing What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001), Siberia (2005), The Fountain (2009), and Meteorites (2014).

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions UK certification
UK
[1]
US
[2]
CAN FRA
[3]
SWE
[4]
NZ
[5]
1980 Crocodiles 17 36 Gold[6]
1981 Heaven Up Here
  • Released: 30 May 1981
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 3)
  • Format: LP
10 184 17
1983 Porcupine
  • Released: 4 February 1983
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 6)
  • Format: LP
2 137 85
[7]
24 15 Gold[6]
1984 Ocean Rain
  • Released: 8 May 1984
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 8)
  • Formats: LP, cassette
4 87 41
[8]
22 10 Gold[6]
1987 Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Released: 6 July 1987
  • Label: WEA (#WX 108)
  • Formats: LP, CD
4 51 51
[9]
22 26 Silver[6]
1990 Reverberation
  • Released: December 1990
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 14)
  • Formats: Cassette, CD
1997 Evergreen
  • Released: 14 July 1997
  • Label: London (#828 905-2)
  • Format: CD
8
1999 What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?
  • Released: 16 April 1999
  • Label: London (#556 080-2)
  • Format: CD
21
2001 Flowers
  • Released: 16 February 2001
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl (#COOK 208)
  • Formats: CD, LP
56
2005 Siberia
  • Released: 20 September 2005
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl (#COOK CD 297)
  • Format: CD
83
[10]
161
2009 The Fountain
  • Released: 12 October 2009
  • Label: Ocean Rain (#OCEAN001CD)
  • Formats: CD, download
63
[11]
176
2014 Meteorites
  • Released 26 May 2014 (UK), 3 June 2014 (US)
  • Label: 429 Records
  • Formats: CD, download
37 138
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1992 BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
2002 Live in Liverpool
  • Released: 6 June 2002
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl (#COOK CD 223)
  • Format: CD
2006 Instant Live: Fillmore – San Francisco, CA, 12/5/05
Instant Live: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA, 12/6/05
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Instant Live
  • Format: CD
Instant Live: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA, 12/7/05
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Instant Live
  • Format: CD
Instant Live: House of Blues – San Diego, CA, 12/9/05
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Instant Live
  • Format: CD
Me, I'm all Smiles
  • Released: 18 September 2006
  • Label: Secret (#SMACD 938)
  • Format: CD
2008 Breaking the Back of Love
  • Released: April 2008
  • Label: Great American (#CD-GA-964)
  • Format: CD
2009 Ocean Rain Live 2008
  • Released: 31 May 2009
  • Labels: Echo & The Bunnymen, California Dreamin'
  • Formats: CD+DVD, download
2011 Do It Clean
  • Released: 13 June 2011
  • Label: Ocean Rain Records
  • Format: CD

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions UK certifications
UK
[1]
US
[2]
NZ
[5]
1985 Songs to Learn & Sing
  • Released: 15 November 1985
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 13)
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD
6 158 25 Gold[6]
1993 The Cutter
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: WEA (#4509 91886-2)
  • Format: CD
1997 Ballyhoo
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: WEA (#0630-19103-2)
  • Format: CD
59
2001 Crystal Days: 1979–1999
2005 Seven Seas
  • Released: 12 September 2005
  • Label: WEA (#5101-10402-2)
  • Format: CD
20
2006 More Songs to Learn and Sing
  • Released: 11 September 2006
  • Label: Korova (#KODE 1011 Z)
  • Format: CD
47
2007 Killing Moon: The Best of Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Released: 3 December 2007
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe (#MCDLX075)
  • Format: CD
B-sides & Live
2008 The Works
  • Released: 31 March 2008
  • Labels: Rhino, WEA (#427747)
  • Format: 3-CD box set
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
1979 "Monkeys"[12] Street To Street: A Liverpool Album The title was misspelled as "Monkies" on the sleeve and inner record label.
1981 "The Puppet"[13] Urgh! A Music War soundtrack Live version recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London on 7 September 1980.
1982 "Villiers Terrace"[14] To the Shores of Lake Placid A previously unreleased version from the 1979 John Peel session.
1984 "Zimbo"[15] Raindrops Pattering on Banana Leaves and Other Tunes Live performance from the 1982 WOMAD festival with The Royal Burundi Drummers.
1991 "Foggy Notion"[16] Heaven and Hell Vol.2: a Tribute to the Velvet Underground A previously unreleased track, with singer Noel Burke.
1998 "Fools Like Us"[17] Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence soundtrack A previously unreleased track.
2005 "The Cutter"[18] Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story The music video of the 1983 single.
2006 "Lips Like Sugar [Way Out West Remix Edit]"[19] Future Retro A previously unreleased mix of the 1987 single.

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details Peak chart positions Notes
UK
[1]
IRE
[20]
NZ
[5]
1981 Shine So Hard
  • Released: 10 April 1981
  • Label: Korova (#ECHO 1)
  • Formats: 12-inch vinyl, cassette
37 26
1984 The Sound of Echo
  • Released: February 1984
  • Label: Korova (#9239871)
  • Format: 12-inch vinyl
Also known as The Echo and the Bunnymen EP and The Never Stop EP.
1984 Life at Brian's – Lean and Hungry
  • Released: 6 July 1984
  • Label: Korova (#KOW 35F)
  • Format: Double 7-inch vinyl
16 10 Numbered limited edition of the "Seven Seas" single.
1988 The Peel Sessions
1988 New Live and Rare
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: WEA (#22P2-2155)
  • Format: CD
1997 World Tour E.P.
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: PolyGram (#POCD1270)
  • Format: CD
2000 Avalanche
  • Released: October 2000
  • Label: Gimme Music (#ECHO1)
  • Format: CD
2009 Live from Glasgow
  • Released: 12 October 2009
  • Label: Ocean Rain
  • Format: Download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[1]
US Mod. Rock
[21]
Canada
RPM Alt 30
IRE
[20]
NZ
[5]
1979 "The Pictures on My Wall" Crocodiles
1980 "Rescue" 62
"The Puppet" Non-album single
1981 "A Promise" 49 Heaven Up Here
"Over the Wall"
1982 "The Back of Love" 19 24 Porcupine
1983 "The Cutter" 8 10 30
"Never Stop" 15 8 49 Non-album single
1984 "The Killing Moon" 9 7 12 Ocean Rain
"Silver" 30 14
"Seven Seas" 16 10
1985 "Bring on the Dancing Horses" 21 15 31 Songs to Learn & Sing
1987 "The Game" 28 Echo & the Bunnymen
"Lips Like Sugar" 36 24 43
"Bedbugs and Ballyhoo"
"People Are Strange" 29 13
[A]
The Lost Boys soundtrack
1990 "Enlighten Me" 96 8 Reverberation
1991 "Prove Me Wrong" Non-album single
1992 "Inside Me, Inside You"
1997 "Nothing Lasts Forever" 8 Evergreen
"I Want to Be There (When You Come)" 30 26 16
[22]
"Don't Let It Get You Down" 50
1999 "Rust" 22 What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?
"Get in the Car"
2001 "It's Alright" 41 Flowers
"Make Me Shine" 84
[23]
2005 "Stormy Weather" 55 Siberia
"In the Margins"
2006 "Scissors in the Sand"
2009 "Think I Need It Too" The Fountain
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • A^ Chart position for the 1991 reissue, 1987 chart position was No. 21.

Other singles appearances[edit]

Year Song Single Notes
1990 "What Time Is Love? (Echo & The Bunnymen Mix)"[24] "What Time Is Love? (Remodelled & Remixed)" A remix of The KLF single by Echo & the Bunnymen.
1998 "(How Does it Feel to Be) on Top of the World?"[25] "(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top of the World" England's official 1998 World Cup song by England United (Echo & the Bunnymen, the Spice Girls, Ocean Colour Scene and Space).

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details Notes
1982 Shine So Hard
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Atlas Adventures
  • Format: VHS
Released in a limited edition of 500.
1983 Porcupine – An Atlas Adventure
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Castle Hendring (#HEN2 001)
  • Format: VHS
1985 Pictures on My Wall Re-released 14 September 1998
2002 Live in Liverpool
  • Released: 24 September 2002
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl (#COOKDVD001)
  • Format: DVD
2007 Dancing Horses
  • Released: 23 April 2007
  • Label: Pinnacle Vision (#SMADVD257X)
  • Format: DVD

Other video album appearances[edit]

Year Song Video Notes
1981 "The Puppet"[26] Urgh! A Music War Recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London on 7 September 1980.
2004 "Lips Like Sugar"[27] F.I.B. Heineken 2003 Recorded at the 2003 Benicàssim International Festival.
"Nothing Lasts Forever"[28] Later... with Jools Holland – Cool Britannia Recorded for the BBC Television programme Later... with Jools Holland.
"Lips Like Sugar"[29] Essential Music Videos: '80s UK The promotional music video released in 1987.
"The Killing Moon"[30] Donnie Darko An easter egg on the region 2 Metrodome version of the DVD. Performance is from the 2002 DVD Live in Liverpool.
2005 "Seven Seas"[31] The Work of Director Anton Corbijn The promotional music video released in 1984.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1983 "The Back of Love" Bill Butt[32]
"In Bluer Skies"
"The Cutter"
"My White Devil"
"Porcupine"
"Heads Will Roll "
"Higher Hell" Anton Corbijn[26]
1984 "The Killing Moon" Brian Griffin[26]
"Seven Seas" Anton Corbijn[33]
1985 "Bring on the Dancing Horses"
1987 "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo"
"The Game"
"Lips Like Sugar"
"People Are Strange" Joel Schumacher
Anton Corbjin
1990 "Enlighten Me"
1997 "I Want to Be There (When You Come)" Norman Watson[34][35]
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
1999 "Rust" The Douglas Brothers[35]
2001 "It's Alright" Gavin Gordon-Rogers[36]
"Make Me Shine" Hambi Haralambous[36]
2005 "Stormy Weather"
"In the Margins"

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM 40 (20). 21 July 1984. ISSN 1196-636X. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM 47 (1). 10 October 1987. ISSN 1196-636X. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
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  13. ^ "Urgh! A Music War > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  14. ^ To the Shores of Lake Placid (cover). various artists. Liverpool, England: Zoo Records. 1982. ZOO 4. 
  15. ^ Raindrops Pattering on Banana Leaves and Other Tunes (cover). various artists. WOMAD Records. 1984. WOMAD1. 
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  17. ^ "Martha – Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence (Soundtrack)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Future Retro > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irish Recorded Music Association. 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
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  24. ^ What Time Is Love? (Remodelled & Remixed) (12" vinyl back cover). The KLF. KLF Communications. 1990. KLF 004 Y. 
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  27. ^ "F.I.B. Heineken 2003". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  28. ^ Daniels, Neil. "Later With Jools Holland – Cool Britannia (Warner)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  29. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Essential Music Videos: '80s UK > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  30. ^ "Donnie Darko – Director's Cut (Two Disc Set) (DVD) (2002)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  31. ^ "The Work of Director Anton Corbijn (DVD)". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  32. ^ Porcupine – An Atlas Adventure (VHS). Castle Hendring. 1983. HEN2 001. 
  33. ^ "Music Videos". Anton Corbijn. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  34. ^ "Videos : Echo & the Bunnymen : I Want To Be There (When You Come)". Country Music Television. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  35. ^ a b More Songs to Learn and Sing (CD+DVD). Korova. 11 November 2006. KODE 1011 Z. 
  36. ^ a b Live in Liverpool (DVD). Cooking Vinyl. 24 September 2002. COOKDVD001. 

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