Like a lot of their peers, Echo & The Bunnymen were simultaneously a singles band and an albums band. Which meant that they also were committed to putting out albums that were cohesive statements, and even a great song that didn’t fit one of those statements wouldn’t make it.
And it meant — at least until the reissue era — that they have a few lost songs in their catalog, especially b-sides like 1984’s “Angels and Devils,” which showed up on the “Silver” single.
Of course, “Angels and Devils” would never have fit on Ocean Rain, because rather than being a rainy-night song full of whispers and strings, it’s a relatively straight Velvet Underground rip.
With Pete DeFreitas Mo Tuckering his toms as Les Pattison provides a counter-melody on the bass, Will Sergeant completes the scene with some Ostrich guitar. And with Ian McCullough going on about angels, demons and Jesuses, they could have gotten away with calling it “I’m Waiting For Satan.”
What I don’t remember is whether or not if in 1984 I realized just how much of Velvets pastiche it truly was. I’d been listening to them since the late 1970s, but their influence on 1980s rock was just begining to shine through, and the Bunnymen were always more associated with The Doors anyways, cos of McCullough’s voice.
That said: it’s so bloody obvious that I must have.
“Angels and Devils”