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  • Audio CD (28 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001DWD
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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CD Floored Genius - The Best Of Julian Cope And The Teardrop Explodes 1979-91 Island Records, CID 8000 512 788-2, 1992, 20 Track

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This album has been in a way superceded by the "Leper Skin" compilation, but is different in that it includes six classic Teardrop Explodes songs. All the tracks were picked by Cope himself and give a good (almost) chronologial overview of his career from the Teardrops' Kilimanjaro to Cope's 1991 masterpiece Peggy Suicide, with plenty of brilliant proper pop music along the way. So: 80 minutes of top top music, great sleevenotes and pictures and stuff, BARGAIN!
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There are few performers that NEED a best of collection more than Julian Cope. His hit and miss approach to songwriting has made for some very frustrating albums.
Here the two Teardrop Explodes albums and his first seven solo albums are cherry picked and the result is a superlative and varied compilation. You get the hits, you get gems like "The Greatness and Perfection of Love" and "Safesurfer" and you get no failures.
Well selected by Julian Cope (though I might not have put "Reynard the Fox" on here given the choice) at this price this is a steal for anybody who likes there pop with a bit of imagination and wit...
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I was amazed to find that many of the albums that I own on vinyl by Julian Cope are not easily available on CD??!!

I therefore decided to buy this excellent compilation to bolster my Cope collection....it is, as expected, GREAT!!

This is, to me, the sound of my pre teen and early teen years onwards.....I became aware of this music as I began to buy records ( at Probe....of course) and then when I was a little older experiencing nights out in my home town..... seeing people who I thought were too cool!! too well dressed, too amazing for me to speak to....aahhh youth!
BUT I digress.....this is a great album and should be in anyone's collection and I would ask Island Records to re release some of the albums on CD that are no longer easily available.....

Cope is excellent and along with his later releases, and books....of course....should be discovered anew by the youth of today.....so if you don't buy anything else buy this.....it has the great Teardrop Explodes and Julian Cope..... so an excellent buy......
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Great album. Covers a range from the pop stuff to the strange. Reynard the Fox is worth the price alone just to tell friends that have never heard it that you are now going to play them the scariest track you have ever heard.
Great selection. All together now, "Jellypop perky Jean".
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FLOORED GENIUS is fantastic souvenir of the weird, wonderful world of Julian Cope both as frontman in Teardrop Explodes through his early-mid solo career. Teardrop were essentially psychedelic post-punk with their art college and acid experimentation colliding brilliantly with their pop sensibilities. "Treason", "Passionate Friend" and the urgent, brass riff based, awesome "Reward" all show this admirably. Cope's solo albums are more erratic and progressive and that's why compilations like this really work; all wheat & no chaff: the delightful ballad "Charlotte Anne", anthemic garage-rocker "World Shut Your Mouth", the naive The Greatness And Perfection Of Love, bombastic Sunspots, epic cautionary Reynard The Fox and the minimalist rave of Out Of My Mind On Dope.
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I only buy my used CD from Zoverstocks - I cannot recommend highly enough, over recent years I have probably bought 100's and have never had any issue, except 1 that did not arrive, which was dealt with more than adequately.
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There are many Cope-related compilations (The Hit, Leperskin, The Collection, Piano), but this remains the best one- despite the fact it doesn't have anything from later albums such as Jehovahkill (which sadly got him dropped by Island), Autogeddon, 20 Mothers & Interpreter. Floored Genius (now a series of Cope albums, the sequels focusing on more obscure cuts & sessions)is a four-phase overview of Cope's career.
Phase One is a six track trawl through the Teardrop Explodes, focusing on the obvious hits (Reward, Treason#2, Bouncing Babies#2, Passionate Friend) alongside the re-recorded Sleeping Gas & Wilder's closing ballad The Great Dominions. Can't argue, but it does leave off many a classic Teardrops track, nothing from the Zoo-singles (collected on Piano) & missing such tracks as When I Dream (not about Courtney Love, she hadn't met Cope when he wrote it!), Bent Out of Shape, The Culture Bunker, Tiny Children, Rachel Built a Steamboat, Strange House in the Snow, You Disappear from View, Suffocate, Christ Vs Warhol etc. Teardrops wise you're much better off with the 2000 reissues of Kilimanjaro & Wilder...
Phase Two consists of four tracks from Cope's wilderness years in bankruptcy and assumed lunancy (see Repossessed), a pair of tracks each from World Shut Your Mouth (1983) and Fried (1984, Morrissey's favourite album that year!): singles Greatness & Perfection (pop heaven) & Sunspots (pop ecstasy) and the standard Reynard the Fox (Syd fronts The Doors after too much English poetry and LSD). There's also the gorgeous An Elegant Chaos, whose lyrics about cows & herd make me think of Nietszche for some reason! Brilliant lyrics!
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