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Echo @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Echo and the Bunnymen

NY Magazine: A popular opinion about the Bunnymen is that, big as you are, you could have been as big as U2.

Ian McCulloch: Bands all say they want to be as big as U2, but weirdly no one ever says they're influenced by them. That's because there's nothing there, really. They've got good tunes, and you can see that it works on 14-year-olds. But I can't see mature people or kids who are looking for something, something deep--something that you just know it's art and it's going to change your life--caring. For U2 it's always flag-waving and "Yippee." That's a failing of Springsteen as well. I saw him at Glastonbury and it's like, What are you doing, climbing into the crowd? It's not a football match, it's about making someone see the light--a proper inside light.

As previously mentioned, you've got the chance to see a free performance by Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch this evening (12/3) at Other Music in NYC. First come, first served. The record store show is part of a short promotional tour Ian is undertaking in NYC this week in lieu of the November Echo tour that was completely cancelled.

Last night (12/2) Ian performed at an invite-only event at the Esquire SoHo Apartment. It was said that he would be "playing acoustic tracks from the band's new album, 'The Fountain' - with guests invited to listen or even join the session."

Tomorrow (12/4) is yet another sort-of-private acoustic show, sponsored by East Village Radio, at the Studio at Webster Hall. I've got 10 pairs of tickets to give away if you want to go. Details below...

TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE IAN: Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Echo) with your first and last name. Ten winners will be picked at random and contacted ASAP with more details.

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Comments (35)

Uh, it's spelled "McCulloch".

Posted by Mac | December 3, 2009 5:19 PM

It's McCulloch, not McCullough. Just sayin'.

Posted by Dave | December 3, 2009 5:21 PM

its spelled "mehco and the bunnymehn".

Posted by meh-to | December 3, 2009 5:23 PM

Do you think his "good buddy" Julian Cope will drop by and jam with him?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2009 5:29 PM

@5:29 - they hate each other.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2009 5:49 PM

@5:49. I know they do, it was a joke, hence the quotation marks around "good buddy." They loathe each other.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2009 7:37 PM

instead of playing with his band, he is going to play with himself.

Posted by rosie palm | December 3, 2009 11:03 PM

Post-punk U2> Echo's catalog.

And I don't like U2 in the least. The gut almost had a point but what empty pretension

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2009 11:51 PM

Echo & the Bunnymen has to be in the top 5 worst band names of all time. How does he expect anyone to take their music seriously with such a moronic name.

Posted by Bruce Springsteen | December 4, 2009 12:00 AM

There's nothing like a washed up douche playing a a free set at Other Music criticizing U2 and Bruce Springsteen. I'm sure Bruce, Bono, and The Edge are real upset about Ian McCulloch shitting on them. I mean "Lips Like Sugar" is such a deep and emotional piece of art. That shit really made me see the light inside. The proper inside light that is.

Posted by BK | December 4, 2009 12:53 AM

Not only is his voice shot, so is his brain. I have always been a fan but to put down U2 & Springsteen who bare both still extemely popular? When the last time he wrote an even decent song? He's taking one out of the lame Oasis playbook.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 1:46 AM

Tonight was a waste of time. He barely made it through a song.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 3:01 AM

Excuse me, but what was up with the Other Music show? Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 6:44 AM

it was strange.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 7:03 AM

Last night was the worst show I've ever seen. I'm so glad I wasn't more of a fan.... these older ladies in the line outside went on for about 10 minutes how they've each seen Echo and the Bunnymen something like 20 times in the past 25 years. Last night must've broken their fucking hearts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 8:17 AM

well it wasn't that heartbreaking - I guess he was just really drunk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 11:51 AM

when the hell is santacon anyway?

Posted by javier buchananeversonia | December 4, 2009 12:04 PM

Regardless, U2 really do suck hard

Posted by jim hildreth | December 4, 2009 12:10 PM

little bitter Ian? ha ha...

Posted by brian roach | December 4, 2009 12:19 PM

maybe the bunnymen could open for bruce or u2. they could probably make $1000

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 12:32 PM

Bono is laughing in his pile of money.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2009 5:31 PM

Julian Cope on Mac:

"I gots to tell y’all that when I heard the other day that the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch is writing his autobiography, I nearly shat my undies laughing so hard (good job I don’t wear any!); Ian Mac write a book? A man for whom completing a single song on his own is a struggle of Everest the Hard Way proportions is hardly going to write a book. Ian, I’m speechless at your continued arrogance in the face of no evidence whatsoever. In my opinion, you’ve been a dried-up shell of a husk of a man since just after OCEAN RAIN, so don’t embarrass us all with your ludicrous claims that you’re gonna write an autobiography. Two words… No Way. Writing a book involves discipline and hard work, two things you never nailed in the past and never will. As I heard it, you even said in the press that your book will be better than the Bible. Well, in two ways it may well be like the Bible: 1) it’ll be full of half-truths and outright lies, and 2) it’ll have been written by umpteen uncredited writers and you’ll name yourself solely as its author. There you go, dumkopf, I just handed you the map: don’t even bother buying yourself a pen, son; just do what you’ve always done throughout your career; get someone else to do most of the work then claim all the credit yourself. I even have a title already: MAC USER. And with that, I shall sweep off into the Beltane sunset. Yowzah!"

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Posted by IIFH | March 6, 2010 11:37 AM

Love Echo, dude rocks

Posted by Data Recovery | March 29, 2010 12:04 PM

love the bunnymen

Posted by tonybhoy | March 31, 2010 8:20 AM

Last night was the worst show I've ever seen. I'm so glad I wasn't more of a fan.... these older ladies in the line outside went on for about 10 minutes how they've each seen Echo and the Bunnymen something like 20 times in the past 25 years. Last night must've broken their fucking hearts.

Posted by Youtube | April 15, 2010 2:25 PM

Last night was the worst show I've ever seen. I'm so glad I wasn't more of a fan.... these older ladies in the line outside went on for about 10 minutes how they've each seen Echo and the Bunnymen something like 20 times in the past 25 years. Last night must've broken their fucking hearts.

Posted by Dress up Games | April 15, 2010 2:26 PM

After canceling a November 16th performance at SUNY Purchase due to back problems, musician Dan Deacon has returned to full force. On Saturday, February 20th, the visiting alumnus played late into the night at the Stood Student Center [ed: pronounced "'st(y)ood"]. His set was jam-packed with the crowd participation he's well-known for. Turning the Stood into one massive dance party Deacon seemed at home among the current student body.

Posted by Wed | August 15, 2010 9:16 PM

After canceling a November 16th performance at SUNY Purchase due to back problems, musician Dan Deacon has returned to full force. On Saturday, February 20th, the visiting alumnus played late into the night at the Stood Student Center [ed: pronounced "'st(y)ood"]. His set was jam-packed with the crowd participation he's well-known for. Turning the Stood into one massive dance party Deacon seemed at home among the

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Posted by شات | August 23, 2010 11:48 PM

Julian Cope on Mac:

"I gots to tell y’all that when I heard the other day that the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch is writing his autobiography, I nearly shat my undies laughing so hard (good job I don’t wear any!); Ian Mac write a book? A man for whom completing a single song on his own is a struggle of Everest the Hard Way proportions is hardly going to write a book. Ian, I’m speechless at your continued arrogance in the face of no evidence whatsoever. In my opinion, you’ve been a dried-up shell of a husk of a man since just after OCEAN RAIN, so don’t embarrass us all with your ludicrous claims that you’re gonna write an autobiography. Two words… No Way. Writing a book involves discipline and hard work, two things you never nailed in the past and never will. As I heard it, you even said in the press that your book will be better than the Bible. Well, in two ways it may well be like the Bible: 1) it’ll be full of half-truths and outright lies, and 2) it’ll have been written by umpteen uncredited writers and you’ll name yourself solely as its author. There you go, dumkopf, I just handed you the map: don’t even bother buying yourself a pen, son; just do what you’ve always done throughout your career; get someone else to do most of the work then claim all the credit yourself. I even have a title already: MAC USER. And with that, I shall sweep off into the Beltane sunset. Yowzah!"

Posted by Youtubena | October 26, 2010 7:15 PM

Cope is a piece of shit who still can't handle the fact that he's BALD, HAHAHAHAHA.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 7:07 PM

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