The two bands, which on the surface seem like odd co-headliners, flourished in the 1980s and both continue to create good music more than three decades after releasing their first albums.

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With 1980s nostalgia in full bloom, it’s fitting the Violent Femmes and Echo & The Bunnymen are co-headlining a show at Woodland Park Zoo next week.

Even though both bands were favorites on college radio in the 1980s, and both experienced some commercial success, they couldn’t be more different. The Violent Femmes are led by Gordon Gano, whose twangy, off-kilter voice blends beautifully with the band’s energetic, folksy-punk sound. At the other end of the spectrum is Echo & Bunnymen’s frontman, Ian McCulloch, who possesses a captivating stage presence and a deep, sultry voice complementing the band’s darkly melodic, psychedelic-tinged, post-punk sound.

Despite these differences, there are similarities — most notably their longevity. Both bands continue to put out good music after more than three decades of recording and touring. The Violent Femmes burst out of Milwaukee in 1983 with their self-titled album. Echo & The Bunnymen — from Liverpool, England — released four fantastic albums, beginning with “Crocodiles” in 1980, before breaking through onto mainstream airwaves in the states with their self-titled album in 1987.

The bands’ longevity is partly because of a stable set of core performers. The lineups have slightly changed but each band is anchored by founding members: Echo & The Bunnymen by McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant, and the Violent Femmes by Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie.

The Violent Femmes, who expect to release a new record by the end of the year, have been delighting crowds with many of their best-known songs, like “Blister In The Sun,” “Add It Up,” “Kiss Off” and “Gone Daddy Gone.” Luckily for audiences, the band’s new material, like “Memory” and “I Could Be Anything” off their 2016 album “We Can Do Anything,” is good and being played.

Echo & The Bunnymen, who have been playing after the Violent Femmes because a Bunnymen show uses generous amounts of smoke an lights, have leaned heavily on old favorites, like “The Killing Moon,” “Over The Wall,” “Do It Clean,” “The Cutter” and “Bring On The Dancing Horses.”

The tour, which has been positively reviewed, for the most part, lost a battle with Mother Nature last week. Echo & The Bunnymen were forced to cut their set in St. Louis four songs short because of intense heat. The 108-degree temperature didn’t stop the Midwest’s Violent Femmes, but the black-clad McCulloch had to leave the stage after breaking a couple times for water and oxygen. Lucky for McCullough and company, the late-evening heat of the Pacific Northwest is nothing compared to a swampy Missouri summer day.

The show is set for Wednesday, 5:45 p.m., at the Woodland Park Zoo.