Echo and the Bunnymen Early Band Photo


Will, Pete and Les are dressed more or less as if they were in a band, circa 1981 or so. Of particular note is what Ian McCulloch is wearing, which is that "old navy" trenchcoat look that sparked a lot of interest in the band's image. The big buttons are a giveaway. This sort of fashion statement made the Bunnymen stand out from the crowd in some ways because it's a very anti-commercial statement. Instead of garishness and extremes, the Bunnymen dressed down, cool and detached, practical and plausible. In the 1980s, hair and fashion mattered. To the Bunnymen, it was all a distraction that had to be managed. And they managed it well.