Anyway, they have a new album out in a week or two, which according to Chris Martin is the best they've ever done
Like he'd know! I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that Martin was the secretary of the Sting fan club while he was at university. Stuck in my mind because he went to the same place, and did the same course, as I did. And because I hate Sting.
Always used to love the Bunnymen, really love them, and had some of the best nights of my life in their company in 84 & 85. They were off the boil before they split though and I wasn't all that distraught when they did. I do remember the sense of shock and dismay in the pub when someone came in and said that Pete De Freitas had died though.
Their solo projects were all, for the most part, rubbish and I didn't mind. I loved the idea that they were more than the sum of their parts as a group. All the best bands always are, from the Beatles on. For this reason, and cos Pete was gone, I really didn't want them to reform but they played their first big comeback show in London on my birthday so I had to go and they were magnificent. That was where I left it though. I haven't been back or bought any of the Mk II records after 'evergreen' (which I got for the old Peel sessions giveaway).
I did buy the reissue of 'Heaven up here' last year, the record I voted for here, because my much-loved vinyl copy is exhausted. Still sounds great to me. The tacked-on live tracks were recorded at the Manley Vale Hotel, Sydney, Nov 11th 1981. Was anyone there?