Echo & the Bunnymen is an indie rock group of the 1980s and 90s, featuring Ian McCulloch of the Crucial Three), Will Seargent, Pete de Freitas, and Les Pattinson. Their debut album was 1980's Crocodiles, which was a moderate UK hit. Their second album, Heaven Up Here, reached the Top Ten as did Porcupine and Ocean Rain. Singles like "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "The Cutter" helped keep the group in the public eye as they took a brief hiatus in the late 1980s. Their 1987 self-titled LP was a small American hit, their only LP to have significant sales there. McCulloch quit the band in 1988, and the others decided to continue. De Freitas was killed in a car accident one year later. The band reformed in 1997 and released Evergreen and What Are You Going to Do with Your Life. The group's old audience liked the return to their classic sound, and they also managed to gain a number of new, younger listeners.
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The name 'Echo' was the name of a drum machine.