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Ian McCulloch
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    (May 5, 1959- )
    Born in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Frontman for Echo & the Bunnymen (1978-88,1996- )
    Recorded the solo albums 'Candleland' (1989), 'Mysterio' (1992), 'Sideling' (2003) and 'Pro Patria Mori' (2012)
    He was nicknamed 'Mac the Mouth' for his blunt comments about other musicians.
    He constantly ragged on U2 and mispronounced Bono's name as Boh-no.
    When he quit the Bunnymen and the band continued with a new singer, he called them Echo & the Bogusmen.
    When he had less success solo than with the Bunnymen, he said, 'I feel better and more worthwhile selling less than the last Bunnymen record. I feel more important.'
    He teamed up with the Spice Girls (and other, less musically dubious collaborators) to record the official song for Team England in the World Cup (1998).
    He said, 'It was only by being narcissistic and vain that I could convince people that I looked fantastic.'
    He said his life changed when he heard David Bowie's 'Starman' on the radio at age twelve: 'I knew straight away that was what I was going to do.'
    His outspokenness made him a popular interview subject for the British rock press.
    He said, 'Songwriting isn't hard work but you have to commit to more than just words that rhyme and chords that sound OK. You have to imbue it with some personal longing or sorrow or whatever.'
    His first solo album, 'Candleland,' reflected a newfound maturity due to the recent deaths of his father and Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas.
    He said he regretted his snarkier comments: 'I was really good at the one-line putdown. I realize now that I was applying too much criticism to other people and not enough to myself.'

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