Echo and The Bunnymen - Crocodiles - Review
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critics' view

In July ’80, the Bunnymen’s “Crocodiles” was one of the key works delivering a sure-fire sign that Britain’s leftfield rock scene was moving forwards, as post-punk fragmented into many different tributaries; with their literate new wave jangle they would soon spearhead a whole new indie pop scene in Britain. The Fab 4 putting Liverpool back on the map were: Ian McCulloch (21, vocals, guitar, piano); Will Sergeant (22, lead guitar); Les Pattinson (22, bass) and Pete de Freitas (18, drums). This is not to say they were year zero on anything in particular; McCulloch’s demonstrative vocalizations tell me he was a massive fan of Jim Morrison and the inventive, restless nature of the rhythm section and guitarists suggest they took at least a degree of inspiration from Television. For teenagers getting into serious music, the Bunnymen easily served exclusively as “their new thing”, infinitely superior to noisy punk oiks and plastic new romantic goons. They’d be openly snobbish with it too, and the confidence which oozed from the front-man only served to re-inforce the cultish supremacy. Amongst the slew of vital cuts were “Going Up”, “Monkeys”, “Rescue” and “Villiers Terrace” – killers one and all. This was a stellar debut – and very much the dawning of a new era.

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