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World Shut Your Mouth [Import]

Julian Cope Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001F5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bandy's First Jump
2. Metranil Vavin
3. Strasbourg
4. An Elegant Chaos
5. Quizmaster
6. Kolly Kibber's Birthday
7. Sunshine Playroom
8. Head Hanglow
9. Pussyface
10. Greatness & Perfection
11. Lunatic & Fire-Pistol

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of two classic early solo lp's from Copey. 4 Feb 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Reading Julian Cope's memoir, Repossessed (available with Head On), this & follow-up album Fried are made even more compulsory listening. Coming out of the messy break-up of The Teardrop Explodes, which saw the material that would be belatedly released on 1990's Everybody Wants to Shag the Teardrop Explodes, Cope took on the Teardrops debts & went to live in Tamworth, with vague plans to become a taxi driver (as Tim Buckley had), or maybe go & work on an oil rig for several months. Instead, he stayed indoors with Dorian (who would become his wife) with some cheap keyboards, an epoch of imagination & a new found love of songwriting- particularly Tim Buckley & Nick Drake.
The album open's with Bandy's 1st Jump- which was reportedly about Ian McCulloch's sister (as had Passionate Friend)& took us deep into the place where Cope was residing. This is much more instant than the Teardrops, straight to the heart of the matter- imagine a tighter take on psychedlia & you're close (Love's Seven & Seven is, for example). Metranil Vavin, title from a Russian poet, is a reworked version of a lost Teardrops track- this is much closer Beatles-White Album terrirtory than the more synthetic take on the posthumous Teardrops release. Next up is single that should have been (a term applicable to most songs on this album)Strasbourg- which has the romantic notion that one lover can be France, the other Germany. A modern pop classic...
Next up is An Elegant Chaos (which surfaced on 1991's Floored Genius compilation), which is a gorgeous pop song in the English sense: oboes, psychedelia, Madness-quality songwriting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Retreating from the collapse of the Teardrop Explodes to his hometown of Tamworth, Cope produced his first solo effort with help from producer Steve Lovell on guitar and fellow Teardrop Gary Dwyer on drums.

The result is a surprisingly vibrant, rich album that shows Cope easily moving on from his group days while retaining his unique powerful and natural gifts for singing and songwriting.

Cope's own particular, heavily psych-into-pop-inspired goals aren't lost in it. Some of his songs are so inspired that one just has to wonder how in the world they didn't end up as hits somewhere. "An Elegant Chaos" is a great example, an at-once cryptic and fascinating lyric peppered with just enough knowing irony ("Here comes the part where I break down and cry") and a synth-string-touched crunch given a breezy pace.

Top it off with Cope's singing and the result is simply genius. Two songs from the final Teardrops sessions, "Metranil Vavin," an homage to a Russian poet, and "Pussyface" get enthusiastic run-throughs here. "Metranil Vavin" in particular is a kick, shifting from garagey crunch and energy to a show tune chorus at the drop of a hat, while sitar from Lovell and concluding oboe from Kate St. John (Ravishing Beauty), who plays on many other cuts, add even more pastoral trippiness.

Further strong cuts include "Kolly Kibber's Birthday," with a fast rhythm machine and keyboard drones leading the way; the quirky string/brass surge of "Sunshine Playroom"; and the upbeat "Greatness and Perfection." Throughout World, Cope demonstrates why he's one of the best, most unaffected singers in rock around, his vocals carrying sweep and passion without sounding like he's trying to impress himself or others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Archdrude's debut 7 April 2009
By 9ftneil VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After the somewhat acrimonious split of the Teardrop Explodes Julian Cope returned to his hometown of Tamworth to embark on on what was to become an extraordinary solo career. His first effort World Shut Your Mouth is a classic of 80's indie/pop with outstanding tracks like 'Strasbourg', 'Elegant Chaos', 'Kolly Kibber's Birthday', 'Sunshine Playroom' and reworkings of old Teardrops era songs like 'Mentranil Vavin' and 'Pussyface'. With oboes, keyboards, occasional drum machines and a mix of highly polished production and low-fi minimalism WSYM is an accomplished debut that clearly demonstrates Cope's grasp of melodic pop and English psychedelia plus a willingness to experiment and challenge in the best tradition of the Teardrops. With bonus tracks now added from the 'Sunshine Playroom' single (the highlight being 'High Class Butcher') this is a must have for Teardrop/Cope fans or for anyone who needs convincing that the 80's did produce great music
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what I was expecting 23 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this product to friends that share passion for Julian Cope. Just worth the money. Product came on time and in perfect conditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs 2 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some beautifully written songs that stay with you. Julian Cope can certailnly knock out a tune with great lyrics. Great..
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