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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B009WLOODC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Format: 2 x CD
Label:
Umc
Catalogue Number:
UMCREP2019
Barcode:
0602527991016
Release Date: 04/02/2013

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BBC Review

Having spent time as a brief threat to Duran Duran with his psychedelic pop outfit The Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope was considered a relative outsider artist when he struck out alone in the early 80s.

His first two solo records – World Shut Your Mouth and Fried, both issued in 1984 – saw him heading into Syd Barrett territory, tortoise shell on his back, while the pop firmament was trying to feed the world.

But in late-86 came a jubilant comeback. His World Shut Your Mouth single, the first to be taken from third solo set Saint Julian, was more accessible than the somewhat surrealist style of its predecessors. Cope was up for one more crack at this pop star lark.

And why not? Around him, one-time contemporaries were moving into serious songwriting circles, U2 for example showcasing a blossoming strain of problem rock. Cope, instead, absorbed what he hated, rather than reflecting it – he sucked it in, and became stronger.

Cope constructed a “two-car garage band”, the beginning of his long association with guitarist Donald Ross Skinner, and created what’s perhaps best described as amphetamine stadium rock.

All clad in leather, Cope and his cohorts looked like the last bad-ass gang in town. And the image was completed by Saint Julian’s cover – its headline star pulling a Jesus Christ pose in the middle of a scrap yard.

Channeling heroes such as Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop, Saint Julian is an exhilarating tour-de-force of big-scale garage rock.

From the dizzying opener Trampolene (“I can’t believe you’re trampling me”) and the frantic Spacehopper, the album rarely takes a breather from its cacophony of guitars, colossal pounding 80s drums and swirling keys.

When it does calm slightly, as on closer A Crack in the Clouds, the effect isn’t too far from arena goth. A nod to the “ba ba”s of The Teardrop Explodes on the poppy Eve’s Volcano (Covered in Sin) suggests that this could have been an album of chart-toppers – albeit in an alternate dimension.

He’d never repeat it, of course. Cope followed Saint Julian with the disappointing My Nation Underground, and slipped once more from mainstream tastes. But somewhere between then and now he became a national treasure – an amazing feat, given where his mind must’ve been back in 1984.

--Ian Wade

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2002
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From the age of six, I've been a rocker. AC/DC, Rush, Van Halen, anything loud with guitars really. Julian Cope's Saint Julian changed all that.
I was suduced by the rock guitar and was unaware of the undertones of indie/alternative music. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of music waiting for me. Saint Julian lead to The Teardrop Explodes, that lead me onto artists like The Fall and Jim Feotus etc.
The album Saint Julian itself is quite a easy listen. It's really a pop record with songs like World Shut your Mouth and Trampoline but with darker and more intense tracks slotted in between. Pretty much something for everyone from young inexperianced listeners like I was through to record shop owners.
Just a shame it's out of print.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Dootson on 14 Feb. 2013
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Highly recommended what a remaster should be,extra cd has some rarities on it as well as a couple of lives tracks so it is exactly what you would want in an expanded edition reasonably priced too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex T on 4 April 2013
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Post Teardrops and Pre Jehovakill, I loved the ballsy rocking out JC when this came out. Funky mic stand and Elvis leathers apart, it spawned a couple of hit singles and isn't anywhere near as over-produced as most records were that season. Listening again after all this time it still sounds like a great pop album to me. Great stuff even if it is disowned by the modern cult of Cope.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Percy Frizelle on 28 Jan. 2010
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After the poptastic but patchy The Teardrop Explodes, his drug-fried Syd Barrett-esque early albums (World Shut Your Mouth and Fried) and getting his head together enough to play a string of unexpectedly brilliant live dates and signing to a major label, Julian Cope finally seemed to have made the right moves to become one of the great pop-rock acts of the 80s. This album was Cope's calculated attempt at solo superstardom and, to some degree, it worked. 'World Shut Your Mouth' was a bona fide hit and 'Trampolene' charted quite respectably as well.

Leather Clad Julian had a band in the real sense of the word for perhaps his fist and last time. Cleaver promotion by Island meant he even had prime time TV slots (Wogan Chat Show) where he introduced the world to his Stand Up revolving Mike Stand. This might have been a novelty and slightly tongue in cheek but the but the public did not know quite to make of a man peering menacingly over his mic. Hense the trick never really quite caught on. The peculiar thing about Cope is you never know when to take him serious, you never know what persona he is going to adopt and what Cope you are talking to or witnessing. Something tells me he doesn't really know himself..

After the disappointing cult success of Fried and WSYM, Cope seemed to aim for the mainstream with these over produced set of pop rock songs. Perhaps under pressure from his Major label and after spending a year in self exile and detox. The rawness and intimacy of this offering was however lost in the mix and although I'm pretty sure this sold well on his ability to produce catchy lines and hooks ultimately this was totally dispensible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor Preston on 14 Feb. 2013
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saint julian is my favourite julian cope solo album.
the live show i saw then was fantastic.
this inevitable reissue adds a second disc of b sides.
many previously unavailable on cd.
nothing to get excited about 2 limp covers a few remixes.
the rest must be outtakes and it shows.
a live cd should have been included.
this is supposed be be a deluxe edition?
there is no thick digipack only a standard double case.
5 stars for saint julian and 3 for the b sides so it has to be a 4.
essential for cope collectors but this is a disappointment for me.
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A genius at his best. I remember seeing him live in Cardiff not long after the release of this album and he was superb. This contains some great pop songs and with the additional music on disc 2 this represents great value. I had been waiting a very long time for this to be released and it has not disappointed!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A on 26 April 2004
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I will keep this simple.... This album is everything that you want frompost Teardrop Julian Cope. It has a timeless energy and rock solidproduction that combine to make this album a classic. That would explainwhy it is rare as dodo droppings... Nobody who owns this would sell itsecond hand. It is a prime piece of taste to have as part of your musiccollections backbone. The music itself does not date, (this was recordedover 15 years ago now), and its longevity is partly due to excellentmusicianship and tune-writing, and partly to do with the ever present MrCope, who weirds his way around the lyrics in his own un-mimicable style.Obviously, everyone can remember the singles 'Trampolene' and the bouncyanthem 'World shut your mouth', but the other tracks are of equal qualityand panache. This album takes you on a roller-coaster of feelings in theway that most fall painfully short of. I would recommend this one to be inyour collection without reserve. The only problem that you have now is tofind yourself a copy, 'cos i sure as hell am not going to part withmine....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Harris on 9 Sept. 2004
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When Julian came out of seclusion he played Westminster City Hall and I was there. I was blown away by both his oldies and the new songs. The new songs from Saint Julian still today have a freshness that they had then. Despite being as potty as a hatter, Saint Julian reached the heady heights of Top of the Pops with his mad microphone stand, and some great leathers! I touched the hem of his garment and was changed forever!
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