In America, this is most enduring Echo & the Bunnymen song, making its way onto many classic alternative playlists. It marked the apex of their American popularity; the year the song was released, they co-headlined a successful arena tour with New Order.
"It just started started building," guitarist Will Sergeant told Songfacts
. "It was building naturally, and then we ended up doing the Greek Theater in Hollywood and the sheds and places like that. All of the sudden the crowd started changing - they'd become, like really young kids. You're thinking, Why
? It was just weird. I'd be walking around with Les [Pattinson, bass] and Pete [de Freitas, drums] in the crowd and no one knew who were were. It all changed. It was just odd. Right around 'Lips Like Sugar,' it really changed."