Throwback: Echo and the Bunnymen Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Initially formed in 1978 featuring Ian McCulloch (vocals), Will Sergeant (guitar) and Les Pattinson (bass) with Pete de Freitas (drums) joining the band in 1980, the Liverpool, UK-based post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen throughout their original run of 1978-1993 were  among the most critically and commercially successful acts of the post-punk movement with 1980’s debut effort Crocodiles reaching the Top 20 on the UK Albums Chart; 1981’s sophomore effort Heaven Up Here landing at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 184 on the Billboard 200 — and later number 471 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; 1983’s Porcupine landing at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and number 137 on the Billboard 200; and 1984’s Ocean Rain landed at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and 84 on the Billboard 200 — thanks in part to the success of one of their biggest hits “Under the Killing Moon.”

After achieving a fair amount of success, McCulloch quit the band in 1988 for a solo career and as a result, the band split up. In the following year, Pete de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident and sometime shortly after that the band briefly reunited with a different lead singer before officially calling it quits in 1993. Interestingly, after McCulloch and Sergeant had been working together in a new project Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant along with Pattinson reunited as Echo and the Bunnymen in 1997, reuniting the band’s founding members together for a brief period of time before Pattison left the band; however, McCulloch and Sergeant have continued forward recording four albums — 2001’s Flowers, 2005’s Siberia, 2009’s The Fountain and 2014’s Meteorites — along with a rather busy touring schedule that has had the band’s founding and now primary duo playing New York several times.

As I mentioned in a couple of posts at the close of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, the first few days of the New Year are an ample opportunity to look back at the music that has largely inspired me — and with that in mind check out this great live footage of Echo and the Bunnymen at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, performing a wide range of songs off of Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, their self-titled album, SiberiaPorcupineOcean Rain and The Fountain.

And in case you were curious, the set is as follows:

00:00 Going Up
02:52 With A Hip
06:25 Stormy Weather
10:52 Show Of Strength
16:12 Bring On The Dancing Horses
20:35 The Disease
22:44 Scissors In The Sand
27:13 All That Jazz
30:19 The Back Of Love
33:57 The Killing Moon
38:56 In The Margins
44:01 Never Stop
48:07 Villiers Terrace
52:07 Of A Life
56:06 Rescue
1:01:30 The Cutter
1:09:20 Nothing Lasts Forever
1:13:23 Lips Like Sugar
1:19:39 Ocean Rain