It’s easy to forget how ‘big’ Echo & The Bunnymen were. In the early 1980s, their output was phenomenal. Crocodiles was an outstanding debut and through Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain. To this day, Heaven Up Here remains one of my top ten albums.
The Bunnymen were an outstanding live band ‘back in the day’ and still receive good reports now. A bit like The Charlatans, I don’t ever recall going to a bad Echo & The Bunnymen gig.
19th December 1985 at Kilburn National was the best, since you’re wondering. Better than the Albert Hall a couple of years earlier; I’m not a fan of the historic venue for gigs.
Part of the charm, if that’s the right word, of these pieces is trying to find the recordings of the Bunnymen versions of these songs. As it happens, a fair chunk of them come from their Scandinavian tour in 1985 when the band performed two sets each night.
However, their ‘Spike Island’ was the Crystal Day event in Liverpool in mid-1985. It involved fans spending the day in the city, ferry rides – I vaguely recall the notion of bicycles for everyone being floated in the beginning although practicality end the idea – culminating in a gig in the city.
This is the Tube recording of the performance on that day:
That it was a resounding success by all accounts underlines how popular they were.
|All You Need Is Love||The Beatles|
|Foggy Notion||The Velvet Underground|
|People Are Strange||The Doors|
|How Can We Hang On To A Dream||Tim Hardin|
|Heroin||The Velvet Underground & Nico|
|In The Midnight Hour||Wilson Pickett|
|It’s All over Now, Baby Blue||Bob Dylan|
|Paint It Black||The Rolling Stones|
|Run Run Run||The Velvet Underground & Nico|
|Soul Kitchen||The Doors|
|She Cracked||The Modern Lovers|
|Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine||James Brown|
|Ticket To Ride||The Beatles|
|The Big Country||Talking Heads|
|Reverberation||The 13th Floor Elevators|
|The Partisan||Leonard Cohen|
|After All||David Bowie|
|2000 Light Years From Home||The Rolling Stones|
|Pale Blue Eyes||The Velvet Underground|
|Sister Ray||The Velvet Underground|
|Walk On the Wild Side||Lou Reed|
|There She Goes Again||The Velvet Underground & Nico|
|Twist And Shout||The Isley Brothers|