Crocodiles was originally released in July 1980 and reached 17 in the UK Charts. The band rose to the fore as part of the vibrant post punk Liverpool scene with the likes of Teardrop Explodes. Their debut gig at the now legendary 'Erics' home of the Cavern Club on Matthew St Liverpool, the cradle of British rock and roll, delivered them onto the scene. Recorded at Eden Studios in London and Rockfield Studios in Monmouth Wales, Crocodiles was produced by Bill Drummond and David Balfe, it is heralded as one of the 'Classic Debut Albums Of All Time'. Ian Broudie had already produced the single 'Rescue' and the albums cover and music both reflect the imagery of darkness and sorrowfulness contained within. This was much lauded at the time with NME describing McCulloughs lyrics as being 'scattered with themes of sorrow, horror,and despair, themes that are reinforced by stormy animal/sexual imagery".