Music and British Identity: Echo & The Bunnymen


Primary members: Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Peter de Freitas, Les Pattinson
Band Biography
Albums of focus: Crocodiles (1980), Heaven Up Here (1981)
Songs for study:

 

"Rescue" - Ian McCullough discusses inspiration for "Rescue" (June 2008)

 

"Rescue" - from Crocodiles (1980)
If I said I'd lost my way
Would you sympathize?
Could you sympathize?
I'm jumbled up
Maybe I'm losing my touch
I'm jumbled up
Maybe I'm losing my touch
But you know I didn't have it anyway

Won't you come on down to my
Won't you come on down to my
Rescue

Things are wrong
Things are going wrong
Can you tell that in a song?
I don't know what I want anymore
First I want a kiss and then I want it all

Won't you come on down to my
Won't you come on down to my
Rescue

Things are wrong
Things are going wrong
Can you tell that in a song?
Losing sense of those harder things

Is this the blues I'm singing?....

 

"Show of Strength" - from Heaven Up Here (1981)
Realistically
It's hard to dig it all too happily
But I can see
It's not always that real to me
A funny thing
It's always a funny thing
And those sadly things
Just get in the way

Open to suggestion
Falling over questions

Hopefully
But that's as well as maybe
A shaken hand
Won't transmit all fidelity
Your golden smile
Would shame a politician
Typically
I'll apologize next time

Bonds will break and fade
A snapping all in two
The lies that bind and tie
Come sailing out of you

Realistically
Hard to dig it all too happily
But I can see
Not always that real to me
A funny thing
Is always a funny thing
And those sadly things
It's always a sadly thing

Bonds will break and fade
A snapping all in two
The lies that bind and tie
Come sailing out of you

A show of strength
Is all you want
You can never set it down
Guts and passion
Those things you can't
Even set down
All those things
You think might count
You can never set them down
Don't ever set them down
Never set them down

Hey I came in right on cue
One is me and one is you
Hey I came in
Right on cue
One is me
And one
Is
You

"The Disease" - from Heaven Up Here (1981)
My life's the disease
That could always change
With comparative ease
Just given the chance

My life is the earth
'Twixt muscle and spade
We wait for the worth
Digging for just one chance

As prospects diminish
As nightmares swell
Some pray for Heaven while
We live in hell

My life's the disease
My life's the disease

If you get yours
From Heaven
Don't waste them...

 

"All My Colours" - from Heaven Up Here (1981)
Flying
And I know I'm not coming down
You're trying
But you know you must soon go down
All my colours turn to clouds
All my colours turn to clouds

Zimbo...

What d'you say
When your heart's in pieces?
How d'you play
Those cards in sequence?
That box you gave me burned nicely
That box you gave me burned nicely

Zimbo...

Flying down
Flying down
All my colours turn to clouds...

Hey, I've flown away
Hey, I'm blown away

 

 


 

GRAFFITI STUDY WALL: MUSIC & VIDEOS
SEX PISTOLS
KRAFTWERK
THE CLASH
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.
JOY DIVISION
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
AU PAIRS
COCTEAU TWINS
ARTERY
HUMAN LEAGUE
HEAVEN 17
THE SPECIALS
CABARET VOLTAIRE
TEARS FOR FEARS
DEPECHE MODE
THE SOUND
THE GLOVE
STEEL PULSE
THE CURE
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
GANG OF FOUR
NEW ORDER
U2
THE POLICE
CRASS
NEW MODEL ARMY
ELVIS COSTELLO
SPLIT ENZ
THE THE
XTC
THE EXPLOITED
DISCHARGE
THE SMITHS
THE HOUSEMARTINS
RADIOHEAD
PORTISHEAD
PET SHOP BOYS
M Y BLOODY VALENTINE
SLOWDIVE
CRASH MUSIC
MUSIC OF THE TROUBLES

VIDEOS:

SEX PISTOLS
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES (LIVE)
THE CURE (LIVE)
COCTEAU TWINS (LIVE)
NEW ORDER (LIVE)
PORTISHEAD (LIVE)
JOY DIVISION MINI-DOCUMENTARY
NUCLEAR WAR PREPAREDNESS: PROTECT & SURVIVE MANUAL