ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN to release their first best-of compilation ‘Songs To Learn & Sing’ on vinyl

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN announce rescheduled tour dates for Spring 2022 1

On February 18th, Echo & The Bunnymen’s first best-of compilation Songs To Learn And Sing will be back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1985. The album is a comprehensive collection of the band’s first four albums, from their second single Rescue, to The Cutter and the anthemic The Killing Moon. It also includes Bring On The Dancing Horses, originally released in conjunction with Songs To Learn & Sing back in 1985. It arrives back on vinyl as Echo & The Bunnymen go back on tour to celebrate 40 years of magical songs throughout 2022.

Songs To Learn & Sing will be available on black 1LP on February 18th from all music retailers, as well as being released in a special edition package featuring the album on splatter vinyl alongside a 7” of the band’s first single, Pictures On My Wall / Read It In Books, available exclusively on Dig!

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN were formed in Liverpool in 1978 with Ian McCulloch on vocals and rhythm guitar, Will Sergeant on lead guitar and Les Pattinson on bass. They were soon joined by Pete De Freitas on drums and the rest, as they say, is history.

By the time of Songs To Learn & Sing original release the band were a force to be reckoned with, pioneering the post-punk, new wave scene with four highly acclaimed studio albums. It all started with their classic debut album Crocodiles in 1980, which gave the band a reputation as one of the best around, with the NME describing it as “probably the best album this year by a British band”. The album ultimately broke into the Top 20, finishing in many critics greatest ever debut album lists.

The Bunnymen followed the album with the release of the Shine So Hard EP in 1981, recorded live at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, before releasing their second studio album Heaven Up Here in the same year. It became the band’s first UK Top 10 album, winning the 1981 NME Best Album award in the process. Considered to be a slightly darker album, Heaven Up Here was produced by Hugh Jones and was well received by critics and fans alike, featuring tracks such as A Promise, Over the Wall and Show of Strength.

The band’s cult status was soon transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. Porcupine provided their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching #8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing #2 in the album charts before being certified Gold.

1984 brought the fourth studio album Ocean Rain, regarded by many as the band’s classic opus. Recorded in Liverpool and Paris, the band used a 35-piece orchestra with award-winning composer Adam Peters scoring the strings. The iconic, atmospheric cover artwork was taken in the stunning Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall by photographer Brian Griffin, who also shot their three previous album covers. Ocean Rain continued the band’s use of strings, creating a dark, ethereal aura. Three classic singles were released from the album – Silver, Seven Seas and the massive anthem The Killing Moon, which reached #9 in the UK singles chart and continues to transcend generations to this day.

In 2021, these four albums were reissued on both black and coloured vinyl and are available to buy from this link:

Echo & The Bunnymen

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN will tour the UK and Ireland in the Spring of 2022, celebrating 40 years of magical songs.

Tickets are available here

Tour Dates


Tue 01 SHEFFIELD City Hall

Wed 02 LEEDS O2 Academy

Fri 04 BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy

Sat 05 CARDIFF St David’s Hall

Mon 07 LONDON Roundhouse

Wed 09 DUBLIN Olympia Theatre



Mon 14 LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall

Wed 16 MANCHESTER Albert Hall

Thu 17 NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Sat 19 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

Sun 20 BRISTOL O2 Academy

Tue 22 LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Wed 23 NORTHAMPTON Derngate

Fri 25 MANCHESTER Albert Hall

Sat 26 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

Mon 28 GLASGOW Barrowland


Tue 01 GLASGOW Barrowland

Sat 19 ANTWERP De Roma

Mon 21 COLOGNE Stollwerck CC

Tue 22 BERLIN Metropol

Thu 24 GOTHENBURG Pustervik

Fri 25 OSLO Rockefeller

Sun 27 STOCKHOLM Berns

Mon 28 COPENHAGEN Amager Bio

Tue 29 HAMBURG Markthalle

Thu 31 ROUEN Le 106


Fri 01 PARIS La Cigale

Sun 03 UTRECHT TivoliVredenberg (Ronda)

Mon 04 GRONINGEN Oosterpoort

Wed 06 BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion


Sat 07 WREXHAM Focus Wales 2022

Sat 14 PASADENA, CA Cruel World Festival

Sun 15 PASADENA, CA Cruel World Festival

Sat 28 WOLVERHAMPTON Creation Day


Fri 01 LITTLE HADHAM Sign Of The Times Festival


Wed 02 FRANKFURT Batschkapp

Thu 03 MUNICH Muffathalle

Tue 08 BESANCON La Rodia

Wed 09 CLERMONT Ferrand – La Coopérative de Mai

Thu 10 NIMES Paloma

Songs To Learn & Sing Tracklisting

Side A:


The Puppet

Do It Clean

A Promise

Back Of Love

The Cutter

Side B:

Never Stop

The Killing Moon


Seven Seas

Bring On The Dancing Horses

7” Tracklisting (Special Edition only)

A: The Pictures On My Wall

B: Read It In Books

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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