A three-decades-old live show of cover songs from Echo & the Bunnymen, never officially released on its own, gets a lavish vinyl reissue this Spring. Run Out Groove, the label that presses vinyl reissues at the demand of customers who vote on the titles, is issuing It’s All Live Now, an album that first appeared in a 2001 box set, as a free-standing title on vinyl for the first time. It’s only the second offering from Run Out Groove after MC5’s The Motor City Five earlier this year.
Recorded for Swedish radio from a show in April 1983, It’s All Live Now is largely an album of well-chosen covers of the Modern Lovers, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Doors, Lou Reed, Television, and a garage band from the 1960s called The Litter.
Guitarist and band co-founder Will Sergeant wrote liner notes for the package; he also spoke to The Vinyl District about the project, the Bowie song they left off of it, what else the Bunnymen are up to, and some of his other interests, from electronic music to visual art.
What do you make of It’s All Live Now being voted for vinyl release on the Run Out Grooves label?
I buy vinyl, so I’m all for it. I only ever buy vinyl. I went through the whole CD thing but never really stopped buying vinyl, or picking up vinyl on tours and stuff like that. Now it’s all I ever play, really. Whenever I buy a new record, it’s vinyl every time. I go to second-hand shops; Amoeba and all the usual places.
I’m all for it. I think everything should be on vinyl. It’s not just the sound of it. It’s the whole thing of having an album that looks great and you have all the large art work. CDs just look so crap, don’t they? I just find it’s more of an artistic item than an mp3. What the fuck’s that? Rubbish.
It’s not been on vinyl before this, right?
I think there’s probably a bootleg floating around. I haven’t actually got one, but I know that it’s around, because it was recorded for the radio, so it has reasonable quality. But this is taken from the proper tapes and everything, so it should be all right.
Can you tell the difference? Have you heard this new version?
I’ve only heard the odd track that’s been on reissues and things like that. I heard “Action Woman.” We did “Action Woman” at one point, that was on Pebbles, I think as a secret track. I heard it years ago, but I haven’t heard it lately.
Can you recall the occasion when it was recorded?
We’re always trying to find things to do that were a bit different. They were opening a bar on Bold Street, which is in the center of Liverpool, and we sort of felt obliged to do it. So we said we’d do it but we’ll just do cover versions.