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Echo and the Bunnymen

In the aftermath of their acclaimed OCEAN RAIN, Echo & The Bunnymen spent a year on hiatus before returning with their eponymous 1987 album, and the time off served them well. The collection features leaner arrangements than its string-laden predecessor, and the hooks stand out sharper than ever on such songs as “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo,” “The Game” and the classic “Lips Like Sugar.” A Top 10 hit in the band's native U.K. (and their most successful release in the U.S.), this would prove the final studio album from the core quartet of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete de Freitas. Released 35 years ago today, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN is among the most accessible albums from the post-punk greats.

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