by Ron Saemann
Formed in Liverpool, UK in 1978, gloomy post-punk pre-madonnas, Echo & The Bunnymen managed to mesh melody with poetry. Founded by frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sargeant were first known as Echo and later added bunnymen bassist Les Pattinson. Back in the day, critics expected the band to be bigger than U2. However, after five consecutive albums released between 1980 and 1987, McCullouch took a break from the band to focus on his solo career. The band later reunited with him in the late 1990s. However, the self-titled fifth album always gets me sapped up with all its weepy wet romanticism. The crowd-pleaser is the band's seductive hit, "Like Like Sugar" and the haunting numbers like "Lost and Found" and "All My Life" that really make McCulloch's lyrics stick and Sargeant's dreamy guitars swirl.