Bunnymen løfter arven

Echo & The Bunnymen turnerede i 1985 Skandinavien med en opstilling, hvor de først spillede support til sig selv. Det opvarmningsset bestod næsten udelukkende af covers af sange, Bunnymen selv var blevet inspireret af og så op til. Der var et Nuggets-cover (The Litter’s ‘Action Woman’), der var Television, Dylan, naturligvis The Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, Talking Heads og Rolling Stones. Og så selvfølgelig også The Doors, hvis ‘Soul Kitchen’ ligger lige til Bunnymen-højrebenet, som kan høres i denne optagelse fra vistnok Sverige. I Danmark blev der den april i 1985 spillet over to aftener, på Saga i København og på Stakladen i Aarhus. Begge shows var mageløse…

På musikwebsiden The Quitus talte Ian McCulloch i 2013 om sine favoritalbums. Blandt de 12-13 udvalgte – som inkluderede både to Bowie- og The Velvet Underground-plader, samt Bunnymen’s egen Ocean Rain (1984) – var også The Doors’ Morrison Hotel (1970). Her Ian McCulloch’s begrundelse hvorfor:

– I never got into the ‘Celebration Of The Lizard’ stuff, and I’m still not mad on it. In the minibus on early Bunnymen tours we’d play a lot of Doors, and I got into it. I think they wrote some of the best three-minute pop songs ever. Robby Krieger came up with some of their best pop songs. Even though I prefer the Velvets as a group, The Doors are the most perfect and compatible four musicians in the history of time. The stuff they were doing was unbelievable. Even some of the madder stuff I can handle. If you listen to the musicianship, Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing is so recognisable from just being a bluesy player, and it never gets on your wick. Some keyboard playing you’re like, “oh, fuck off”. The band had the best drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and frontman – and it never got muso. Morrison looked incredible. If he was alive today he’d still be just as good, not so mysterious perhaps, but more of an Allen Ginsberg or Nick Nolte, swatting flies from his face on Venice Beach with a bevvy in his hand. He’d still be at it. And therefore, a heroic figure, looking like he’d been up for three weeks growing the world’s largest beard. I love the way ‘Peace Frog’ runs into ‘Blue Sunday’. The singing was incredible. I just don’t understand how The Doors weren’t even bigger.

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  1. Jeg var der også i Saga i ’85, og den koncert er uden tvivl på min all time top 5. Box-settet “Crystal Days” har en god håndfuld sange fra den turne, så check det ud hvis I ikke allerede har gjort det!

    Og apropos Doors har Echo & Co indspillet en fin version af “People’s Are Strange”. Den er også på boxen.

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