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My Nation Underground


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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FUL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fido Dido on 2 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is by far Cope's most commercial album. A lot of Cope heads hate album this because there is little evidence of acid fueled madness here. However, although it's more mainstream than Peggy Suicide etc, these are great songs, well produced but without being cheesy. It's more upbeat without the tinges of paranoia and cynicism seen elsewhere. He's a versatile artist, flashes of this album can be seen in his later more varied work, but this showed he was capable of producing a entirely mainstream lp without having to sell out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert J. Fawcett on 31 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
'Commercial' albums which don't make money are hard to see dispassionately, especially if you are the artist. Post-'St Julian', Cope's comeback stalled with this follow up (it kinda stalled after the 'Shut Your Mouth' single).
This is the least 'credible' Cope album, unchallenging and with 'Big' production, but it's one extreme of his catalogue, interesting as such, and much stronger than reputation makes it.
There are signs of a creative struggle - uncharacteristically a couple of covers appear and one was offered as a single - but 'Charlotte Anne' and 'My Nation Underground' are gorgeous. This is certainly one to buy if it's re-released cheaply. The preceding 'St Julian' is the one worth splashing out on import or at auction, the subsequent 'Peggy Suicide' is cheap as chips and stunning.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Julian Cope is a true genius of post punk England, he is also one of its oddest and contrived characters. In the late 70s Julian attended University in Liverpool it was there he meet a number of like minded students riding the creative wave of the Liverpool post punk/new wave movement. Even then Julian was said to be difficult, even dictatorial and incredibly hard to work with.

After the implosion of the Teardrop Explodes Julian spent 1983 recording his wonderful debut record, 'World Shut Your Mouth' a mixture of orchestral pop and psychedelic meanderings. He spent 1984 tripping and locked inside in a room playing with his toy car collection before unleashing 'Fried'. Many critics go with 'Fried' as the best of the two. Julian then got his act together and detoxed prior to the release of 'Saint Julian' in 1986, which was the rock'n'roll response every one was hoping and waiting for and it really delivers. The lead singles 'World Shut Your Mouth' and 'Trampoline' were both top 20 hits in the UK and abroad

Disaster was around the corner however in the form of the upcoming record, 'My Nation Underground'. Cope claimed that management had forced him to record something that didn't represent his artistic intentions. It is a disappointing record. This should have been the record that capitalised on the momentum of 'St Julian' both in commercial and artistic terms. I don't know whether this was by fault or design but people fault this album for being too poppy or mainstream or whatever, but if like me you don't mind poppy or mainstream, it's not a bad album at all. In fact, there are several very good songs on here, but it's not really representative of Mr Cope and you don't feel spiritually connected to the music.
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Format: Audio CD
Just downloaded this as part of my replace vinyl with digital mission. Had forgotten how much I like Charlotte Anne, title track is a bastard child of the brassy Teardrop Explodes. But Copey has a pop soul that shines through, I know it is said that he doesnt like this very much but I commend it highly.
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