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Pristeen Peggy Suicide,
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This was Juilan Cope transcending his Popstar past as he had progressed from the Teardrop Explodes via the Early solo album and hits which showed that Julian ploughed his own furrow whilst constantly swimming against the mainstream, the influences are there in the music krautrock, Psychedelia, Iggy Sixties pop.
There is a slightly dark world view which pervades all his work but there is a message of hope too he had begun to become a classic outsider.
Having established the Cope brand he begins to deconstruct himself through this and susequent releases.
This is Guitar based Rock it has timeless quality to it that filtered down into the music scene in general not that He was ever cited as major influence on say the Stone Roses but hey.. just listen.But in other way it ties itself to dates ie by having in the title Western front 1992 C.E. (Common or Christian Era)
Pristeen is great opener, Double Vegatation sets the tone,Yes there are moments Such as Head 'I fell my head exploding now' with bubblegum type organ which leads into Leperskin with its wah wahs a go go then the Purer pop of Beautiful Love Which had back to the World shut your Mouth/Fried era. Safesurfer comments upon the post aids culture of the time.You Hints at Zappa etc.
The general tone of the album is up it was a precursor to a more radical path that he since taken indulging his proclivities and personal tastes doing it for himself like Say Peter Hammill or Robyn Hitchcock.
Hanging out and hung up on the line is a Balls out Rocker with its message of global warming a decade or so early...(The Jury is still out on that one...)and its antithesis Hung up and hanging out to dry ...
There is but one Juilan Cope he is an Enthusiast, a Cynic,A Scholar, a Shaman, Eco Warrior ,New Age Guru, A Modern Antiquarian.
As he says...Listen to me If you love me at all...
A one off, A true Maverick.