Julian cope is one of the most uniquely talented musicians of all time and this is his masterpiece. Peggy suicide is the album that really introduced me to him but, this is the one that completely cemented my love. The blue case release looks good but I would personally recommend the 2 disc re mastered version for its inclusion of rare b sides, demos and improved sound. Get it, sit back, pop on your headphones, light up and enjoy.....
that got him dropped from Island! Jehovahkill advanced on the double-album format of Peggy Suicide (1991), Cope undergoing an epiphany & going upwards at 45 degrees after a minor-diversion towards the mainstream (see autobiography Repossessed/Head-On). Cope had some success with Peggy Suicide, delivering an album in phases, & Jehovahkill both advances & continues that. The Floored Genius-compilation had sold well & the Jehovahkill-tour, which had epic shows, sold out. So, why was Copey dropped shortly after the release of this????? Jehovahkill has dated brilliantly- & along with Peggy Suicide & 20 Mothers is his most consistent album of the 90s (the others were good, sometimes great, but with poor moments). Cope & long-time collaborator Donald Ross Skinner with drummer/saxophinist Rooster Cosby are the band for this album, which advanced Cope's autogeddon/megalithic/enviromental concerns & comes with a booklet leading towards Cope's books The Modern Antiquarian and The Megalithic European: stone-circles, pre-Christ cross, quotes from forward-thinking drudes like William Blake & Philip K Dick... The music sounds great now, it has dated brilliantly- it's easy to see an influence on the Radiohead of Kid A/mnesiac here: Poet is Priest is futurist-dance music that Radiohead would do now to acclaim, while No Hard Shoulder (To Cry On) has a mindblowing guitar sound that prefigures records like OK Computer. Cope is acoustic here (the beginning of Soul Desert, the humourous Julian H Cope) - but the album flows between these points. There are spacerock-inflected instrumentals (Necropolis, The Subtle Energies Commission), divine alt-pop (The Mystery Trend, Slow Rider, Fa-Fa-Fa Fine)& strange psychedelic droning classics like Know (Cut My Friend Down) & Gimme Back My Flag. The stand-out tracks for me remain the immense Upwards at 45 Degrees, which moves from acoustics to full on rock mode; the epic The Tower, 10-minutes of what The Doors would sound like if they'd been Can & single Fear Loves This Place- which is a wonderful anthem... Really, Jehovahkill is a wonderful album- it deservedly did well on a recent poll of the best albums ever on Cope's Head Heritage website- & sounds simply perfect now! Fried remains my fave album of Cope's- it's been a brilliant career- but Jehovahkill pretty much slays that now I think! Jehovahkill was the last record Cope recorded for a major label: their loss!
This was a bit of an oddity at the time - we were used to 'electric Julian', and had not really heard a lot of accoustic stuff from him. That saying, there is a fantastic rave/dance workout called 'Poet Is Priest' which is worth the five stars on its own! Other highlights are the opening 'Soul Desert', which builds from accoustic guitar to restrained freakout. 'Give Me Back My Flag' is a bass heavy, spacey track, which is really compelling and 'Fa-Fa-Fa Fine' is a top pop track. Takes a few listens, but when it hits the spot, it REALLY hits the spot!
great cope album love how he likes to upset and stir up heated debates amongst the religious in our society,many great tracks on this album,he is a master of songwriting when he puts his mind to it,these days his music just doesnt live up to his past glories buy peggy suicide as well ! colin in sheffield