Saturday, 26 June 2010

Echo and The Bunnymen - 'Ocean Rain'

What an epic record. What a great title. What a great cover. It's hard to believe that this record is over 25 years old - not only does it have a soaring, fresh energy to it, but it sounds of youth, of arrogance, of endless energy and possibility.

In fact, I'll go even further - this record is the sound of immortality. It perfectly captures the swagger of youth, disbelieving of the certainty that it will eventually become tired of the fight, and inevitably mellow with age. That said, the last time I saw Ian McCullough on stage, he looked like a total badass who still fighting that fight.

This record doesn't recall remind of anything specific in my life, just the power and beauty of youth and, inevitably, the maxim that youth is wasted on the young.

1 comment:

  1. "All hands on deck at dawn"

    This album was way over-hyped at the time (the advert in the NME simply said "The greatest album of all time"(!)); I was ready to be disappointed when I heard it (especially after the let-down of Crocodiles), and as I remember side 1 was a bit hit-and-miss. Side 2, though, is just glorious. I want to hear it again now!