5 May 1959, Liverpool, England. Best known as the frontman for 80s UK psychedelic post-punkers Echo And The Bunnymen, Ian McCulloch also forged a brief solo career after leaving the band in the late-80s. Like countless other British teenagers growing up in the mid-70s, McCulloch was inspired by the punk rock movement, enough so to start up his own band, Crucial Three, alongside Julian Cope and Pete Wylie. The trio did not last long, as McCulloch joined forces with guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, to form Echo And The Bunnymen by the end of 1978 (a drum machine, dubbed Echo, originally provided the groups beat, until an actual living being, Pete De Freitas, was welcomed onboard). After signing a recording contract with Sire Records, the quartet issued a string of UK hit albums, including their classic 1980 debut Crocodiles, as well as Heaven Up Here (1981), Porcupine (1983) and Ocean Rain (1984).