Photo: Echo and the Bunnymen's Mercury Lounge Setlist

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Bands like this one just don't play venues as small as the Mercury Lounge. And yet there was Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch, a chatty jester clad in black shades and black coat, warming up for a November Hammerstein gig by playing a tiny LES room on a frigid Saturday evening, band in tow. The entire spectacle was straight out of a John Hughes movie scene: small packed club, impeccable sound, modish men swaying from side to side. "Lips Like Sugar" was on the schedule, but didn't make the cut. Otherwise, well: "I don't know what's next," McCulloch said. "Oh yeah, this one's a classic."



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