29 Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen 1984
I've got a real soft spot for the much maligned 4th "grey" lp but in the end it just had to be this
Before Ocean Rain , I thought the Bunnymen were a bit of singles band. The lps were always a bit patchy with the singles by and largely the best things on them.
I do remember thinking how they would ever bee able to follow up the holy trinity of Back of Love , the Cutter and Never Stop.
Then this came out in all its gloriously dramatic majesty!
and who knew that they could tap into such a pop vein, with what is still one of my favourite videos
Ocean rain is an lp of wild ambition. The acoustics and stings don't seem that big a deal now but at the time it all seemed quite radical after songs made to be sang in long overcoats on a winter's day.
Add into that their Crystal Day event and their tour of key lay lines and the Bunnymen were so much more ... interesting than Bono 's U2 could ever hope to be.
As ever the lyrics are either poetically insightful or a load of old tosh
I've no idea what this was about , just that it was magnificent you just had to be careful where you sang it (shouting out cucumbers and carrots too often and you'll find yourself suddenly on your own!)
Thorn of Crowns by Echo and the Bunnymen
The title track is a proper dictionary definition of epic and made the Bunnymen's world seem a magical and mysterious place
The only criticism I had is with only 9 songs it was always over way too soon
Not the best band in the world ever and not the best lp in the world ever, but a lot better than most peoples best efforts
You can buy Ocean Rain here