Saturday, April 16, 2011

Echo & The Bunnymen- Porcupine (1983) MP3 & FLAC -For Ol' Foggy-

"Will I still be soiled when the dirt is off?"

Arguably Echo & The Bunnymen's most under-appreciated album, Porcupine is both more melodic and less accessible than its predecessors Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here, but still manages to retain the distinctive neo-psychedelic take on Post-Punk that characterizes these earlier albums. Porcupine is also distinguished by the Middle-Eastern and Indian influences woven throughout the album; this is noticeable from the first track, the brilliant single, "The Cutter," which is built around a sitar-like synth-line that gives the song its unique, slightly skewed feel. Porcupine also finds the band exploring sonic textures unprecedented in their earlier work such as the Spanish guitar on "Heads Will Roll," a song also featuring the rhythmic use of a string section, something that would largely define the sound of their next album, Ocean Rain. Some mention should be made of Ian McCulloch's vocals, which verge on operatic at times but never fail to hit their mark in terms of lending the songs a sense of grandeur and drama. A truly fine album that tends to get overshadowed by the masterpiece that followed it.

Porcupine (2003 Remaster)
 1. The Cutter  (3:55)
 2. The Back of Love  (3:16)
 3. My White Devil  (4:41)
 4. Clay  (4:17)
 5. Porcupine  (6:00)
 6. Heads Will Roll  (3:33)
 7. Ripeness  (4:50)
 8. Higher Hell  (5:02)
 9. Gods Will Be Gods  (5:27)
10. In Bluer Skies  (4:38)
Bonus Tracks-
11. Fuel  (4:06)
12. The Cutter (Alternate Version)  (4:09)
13. My White Devil (Alternate Version)  (5:04)
14. Porcupine (Alternate Version)  (4:04)
15. Ripeness (Alternate Version)  (4:42)
16. Gods Will Be Gods (Alternate Version)  (5:31)
17. Never Stop (Discotheque)  (4:45)


  1. Aw shucks. This is one of two albums that I've owned on cassette, LP and CD. This Mortal Coil's Blood was the other.

  2. I remember looking at that cover on the shelf at my local record store, thinking how all that ice looked just like they sounded... but I bought R.E.M.'s Murmur and The Beat's Special Beat Service cuz that's all the money I had that day.

    Went back the next week or so to pick this up, though.

  3. reindeer man, great story. God, I really miss going to the record store

  4. thanks for this blog so cool, thanks

    Echo & the Bunnymen are a band of bands.Só has beautiful songs in this band.

  5. Anon. thanks for the comment. I completely agree with your thoughts on Echo & The Bunnymen :)

  6. I have this remastered cd. The alternate version of Porcupine is really good. The Bunnymen were a huge part of my teen angsty years. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This blog is awesome. I came across it accidentally. Thanks for all the posts Echo.

  8. André Luiz, I'm very glad you found the blog, and I appreciate the comments!

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