The second single from Echo & the Bunnymen's self-titled 1987 album, "Lips Like Sugar" is the point at which the group drops the pretense. The album as a whole is clearly aimed at breaking the band in America, stripping out all of the post-punk haziness and drifting psychedelia of their earliest work in favor of crisply recorded "modern rock" as that term was understood in the mid-'80s, and the punchy, poppy "Lips Like Sugar" is clearly meant to be the track that seals the deal. Laurie Latham's production sounds somewhat gimmicky and dated now, but less so than the albums he did with Squeeze and Paul Young during the same period; the overall sound, actually, is closer to the epic alt-rock that Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno were crafting with U2 around this time, particularly on the straining chorus. It's not a bad song, but it's pedestrian in a way that Echo & the Bunnymen's earlier singles most definitely were not, and it sounds disconcertingly faceless. Clearly, Ian McCulloch wasn't happy with how things were turning out either; he left for a solo career within a year.