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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Lost B-Sides Week: Echo & the Bunnymen "Rollercoaster"

"Rollercoaster" was the b-side of the Bunnymen's most aggressive stab for a U.S. hit, the immortal "Lips Like Sugar". While the a-side was an instant alternative classic, the b-side....welllllll...

With some excellent production from Pixies producer Gil Norton, "Rollercoaster" chugs along like a rawer, earlier Bunnymen tune - one in particular. The chorus is a little too close to the chorus for "The Cutter", so it's understandable that it was left on the scrap pile. It also drones on too long near the end.

The most interesting thing to me about the tune was that out of all the hundreds of 45s, LPs and cassettes I had to choose from, for some reason, my then 14-year old sister was fixated on "Rollercoaster"! She played it over and over and over, yet despite my attempts to use her love for this song as a gateway drug into more alternative rock, she ended up retreating back to her Duran Duran and Tiffany LPs. Sigh.

"Rollercoaster" was inexplicably left off the current remaster of "Echo & the Bunnymen", but it is included on the "Crystal Days" box set if you wanna drop some coin.

Download "Rollercoaster".

"Rollercoaster" was the B-side to "Lips Like Sugar", released in 1987.
posted by John, 3:14 PM