Echo & the Bunnymen

Lips Like Sugar

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Just Say Yes: Sire's Winter CD Music Sampler 1987
Various Artists
Sire 6:44
Sedated in the Eighties, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 4:52
18 New Wave Classics, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:52
Ballyhoo 1997 Teldec / Korova / WEA International 4:52
Crystal Days: 1979-1999 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 4:37
One Step Beyond: The Best of New Wave 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 4:51
Flashback 80s Club Classics 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 6:44
Future Retro 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 4:52
The Very Best of Echo & the Bunnymen: More Songs to Learn and Sing 2006 WEA International / Korova 4:51
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 4:51
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s
Various Artists