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- Posted on Apr 22nd 2010 11:00AM by Garin Pirnia
"It's nice to be back in Chicago," sunglasses-clad lead singer Ian McCulloch mumbled to the crowded house, most of which were of the 35-and-over set. Instead of performing songs from last year's 'The Fountain,' Echo went the nostalgic route and opened with 'Going Up' from their 1980 debut record, 'Crocodiles.' As the dark wave music swirled around the shadowy and smoky room, McCulloch lit up a cigarette and added to the haze. Sporadically, the ragged-voiced McCulloch paused to banter with the crowd, but a combination of his thick accent and a muddled sound system turned his thoughts into incomprehensible gibberish, making one audience member joke they needed subtitles.
The band moved on from their moody rock and played the poppier 'Stormy Weather' from 'Siberia,' 'Bedbugs and Ballyhoo,' 'I Think I Need it Too' from 'Fountain' and 'Seven Seas' from their quintessential record, 'Ocean Rain,' and songs from 'Heaven Up Here, 'Evergreen' and 'What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?' were also well-represented. Naturally, Echo waited until the end of their set to perform biggest hits 'Killing Moon' and the middle-eastern tinged 'The Cutter.'
During the encore of 'Nothing Lasts Forever,' McCulloch channeled his inner Lou Reed and covered the beginning of 'Take a Walk on the Wild Side.' The mash-up continued when the band somehow went from the raucousness of 'Do It Clean' into a line from '50s standard 'When I Fall in Love', then hit upon a little of James Brown's 'Sex Machine.' The guys walked offstage again and came back for one more number, 'Lips Like Sugar.' The extended version consisted of McCulloch slowing down the tempo, speaking the lyrics, then bringing the song back on course. After punting what looked like a jacket into the balcony, McCulloch culminated 'Sugar' and an evening in which he performed much of his vast discography.