Friday, October 10, 2008

Echo & The Bunnymen

October 10, 2008

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Junie, my ipod shuffle. Junie was a Christmas present from Vera. Junie was a dear faithful friend who helped me through countless miles and lawn mowings. Two days ago, Junie drowned in the washing machine. May she rest in peace.

Today's Friday Flashback is also brought to you by the Yellow Sony Walkman of my youth. Remember the hip and edgy yellowness? The rubber buttons? The warbled sound of a cassette tape? I'm not 100% sure, but I think that one drowned too.

Does anyone know where I can find life preservers for my music playing machines?

The post-punk, new-wave, Echo & the Bunnymen began in Liverpool, 1979. They started with Ian McCulloch (Voke Ills), Will Sergent (Ghee Thar), Les Pattinson (Base), and a drum machine. I wonder if they named their drum machine? I would 'cause I name everything... except my towels... I don't name my towels. They all look the same and I'd never be able to tell them apart. But everything else (the trees, the tables, the vehicles, electrical items), they all have names. See why I only have two Yahoos? I've run out of names!

After a year or so, the Bunnymen hired a drummer named Pete de Freitas. The band hit the UK Top 10 a few times and experienced some notoriety among select groups in the US. They broke up in 1988 and would reunite some years later.

I'm sure you're wondering Where on earth did that strange name, Echo & The Bunnymen come from? You know... I'm wondering too! Always have. The band began with the name A Shallow Madness, then changed it to The Teardrop Explodes, and finally settled on Echo & The Bunnymen.

In an interview somewhere, Will Sergeant tried to explain the Bunnymen origin (still has me confused, however): "We had this mate who kept suggesting all these names like The Daz Men or Glisserol and the Fan Extractors. Echo and the Bunnymen was one of them. I thought it was just as stupid as the rest."

So there you have it. I still think they had an underground rabbit racing ring with bets and brokers. The races took place in an old abandoned and empty church with echoing acoustics. As they'd cheer on their big ticket rabbits, the yellings and whatnot would cause the place to echo.

Before you knock my theory, note that rabbits have always been speedy (as in The Tortoise and the Hare). It's only logical that somebody, somewhere, was racing them.

Isn't this post supposed to be about music?

Stupid name or not, I'm a big fan of Echo & The Bunnymen. The haunting melodies and euro beat always takes me to my youth... a time when I privately mocked my friends for making out with their Duran Duran posters.

The Killing Moon - Lips Like Sugar (this is a good one to run to) - Bring On The Dancing Horses - Seven Seas - The Cutter - Ocean Rain


lokkinenä said...

echo was their drum machine's name

lokkinenä said...

or then not:

"We had a gig coming up but I don’t think we had a solid name at the time, and a friend of ours kept coming up with the funniest ones. We thought Echo & The Bunnymen was just as stupid as the others, but it was the most memorable, I thought, and it was great for the time. I said yeah, that’s the one. And still, after all these years, people know it.”