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Turquoise Days: The Weird World of Echo and the Bunnymen Paperback – 8 Aug 2002
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Echo and the Bunnymen, a group which changed the face of popular music in the 1980s, combine the rawness and venom of New York punk with the moody textures of groups like the Doors and the Velvet Underground. A major force in English post-punk, the band remains an enduring presence on the music scene thanks to Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant's exceptional song-writing skills and irresistible hooks. TURQUOISE DAYS covers the band's entire career, from its inception in 1978 to its present comeback. It documents in heady detail the forces that gave rise to the group, their early stumbles and successes, and the qualities that have kept them in the musical limelight. An exhaustive critical history and biography, this lavishly illustrated book also includes the complete lyrics of Ian McCulloch's songs; hundreds of quotes from the Bunnymen, their fans, and their critics; and a behind-the-scenes, completely authorised look at the band never-before-imaginable.
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However, as is often the case with the Bunnymen, there is far too much focus on Ian McCulloch. There are too many quotes from Tony Fletcher and Bill Drummond's earlier publications, and perhaps too many instances of similar quotes being grouped together. A bit of careful editing might have been called for. Additionally, there is criminally sparse coverage on the death of Pete DeFreitas and it would have been nice to have seen the lyrics reproduced in their original English spelling.
However, for all the books misgivings, the coverage is broad and informative and well worth a read. I just can't help but feel that the best band in the world could have been better served.
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