The origins of this renowned Liverpool, England-based band can be traced back to the spring of 1977 when vocalist Ian McCulloch (5 May 1959, Liverpool, England) was a member of the short-lived Crucial Three with Julian Cope and Pete Wylie. While the latter two later emerged in the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively, McCulloch put together his major band at the end of 1978. Initially the trio of McCulloch, Will Sergeant (b. 12 April 1958, Liverpool, England; guitar), and Les Pattinson (b. 18 April 1958, Ormskirk, Merseyside, England; bass) was joined by a drum machine that they named Echo. After making their first appearance at the famous Liverpool club Erics, they made their vinyl debut in March 1979 with Pictures On My Wall/Read It In Books, produced by whiz kid entrepreneurs Bill Drummond and David Balfe. The production was sparse but intriguing and helped the band to establish a sizeable cult following....
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