Lips Like Sugar – Echo & the Bunnymen (1987)
This English band was part of the flurry of New Wave acts that surfaced in the early 80’s. While they saw moderate commercial success in the US, they were much more popular in the UK. Front-man Ian McCulloch left to launch a solo career in 1988, and drummer Pete de Freitas died in a motorcycle accident in 1989. But other members were added and the band hobbled along until disbanding in 1993. McCulloch reunited with guitarist Will Sergeant & bassist Les Pattinson, both fellow founding members, in 1996. Echo & the Bunnymen have continued to record and tour over the years, primarily to English audiences, despite the departure of Pattinson to attend to family matters. Their most recent studio album was released in 2009; most recent live album in 2011. McCulloch, who’s continued to occasionally record solo on the side, will release a new solo effort in the UK next week.