This show is one of the best I’ve seen from the Bunnymen for yonks, maybe the last decade and a half. The reason? Well, there’s just something in the air, as Thundeclap Newman so quaintly put it.
In fact you could say (if you half closed your eyes, or swanned around the cinema area) that you were back at Club Zoo - albeit a far more professional one, without the bitching and the acid.
for many of the crowd, they are quite literally transported back a quarter of a century.
In all art or music there is a line backwards to some other movement that influences the next movement. In the music world this is very obvious. I see a line far back in music to cavemen hitting two stones together to make a sound and another caveman hears this and thinks to himself "that sounds good, I wonder what two sticks will sound like"? Fast forward a few thousand years and we have Beethoven, Mozart, Beatles and Gaga.
Cath Aubergine once again gives the full Primavera experience to us couch potatoes…
"Okay, so I've sort of argued against myself at times and given Me I'm All Smiles a cautious thumbs up. I'm confusing myself at this point. I dunno, there is something missing though… The ironic thing is some kid is going to buy this out of curiosity and love them. So why do I bother?"
I must admit, I wouldn't mind starting playing the Bass again, from a session musician side of things, y'know. I love the recording side of it. But, as for live work, I think it's a young man's game… I think as a band we were about youth, and all the Bunnymen fans have grown up. But, of course, we're still collecting awards for Coldplay!
Steve Lillywhite who did all of U2s early stuff... He came into the studio and went “Ah right, how about putting your guitar through that amp there Will?”, and Will just looked at him and said “Who the fuck are you?” it was brilliant.
You realise when hearing stuff like The Back of Love that the Bunnymen still retain their air of hypnotic, ethereal, abstract strangeness. It's like musical non-music if you see what I mean.
The album also has a rejuvenated feel to it, and as such, doesn't half give me the feeling that it closely resembles Crocodiles in spirit.
I have to be careful here as I could end up sounding like a librarian, or an obsessive (which I am).