The Puppet

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"The Puppet"
Bunnymen puppet.jpg
Single by Echo & the Bunnymen
B-side "Do It Clean"
Released 14 September 1980
Format 7"
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales
Genre Post-punk
Label Korova
Songwriter(s) Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas
Producer(s) Bill Drummond, David Balfe
Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology
"The Puppet"
"'Shine So Hard'"
"The Puppet"
Shine So Hard

"The Puppet" is the third single by the band Echo & the Bunnymen and was released on 14 September 1980.

The single was released in the wake of the critical acclaim received for the band's first album, Crocodiles, which had been released earlier in the year. The main track itself was not on the album but the b-side, "Do It Clean", was on the US release of the album and the Compact Cassette version of the UK release. The single failed to make the UK Singles Chart. The single was produced by Bill Drummond and David Balfe although they were credited as The Chameleons.[1]


The b-side, "Do It Clean", has become a popular track with both the band and the fans. It is regularly played live and has appeared as the b-side to the Belgian version of their fourth single "A Promise" (1981) and to their 1984 hit single, "The Killing Moon". It has also appeared on many of the band's compilation albums.

Track listings[edit]

All Tracks written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson and Pete de Freitas.

UK release (KOW 11)
  1. "The Puppet"
  2. "Do It Clean"


  1. ^ Tate Tat and Arty, New Musical Express, 20 November 1993. Retrieved on 3 April 2008.