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Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957, in Deri, Mid Glamorgan) was raised in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He came to prominence as the singer of the pop band The Teardrop Explodes in 1978. Cope has since released many solo albums and is a founding member of the bands Queen Elizabeth and Brain Donor. In addition to his musical career, Cope has written several books of non-fiction and autobiography.

Cope grew up in Tamworth, Staffordshire in the English Midlands. He attended the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education . Cope’s musical career began as bass player with a band known as Crucial Three, which also featured Ian McCulloch (future guitarist and singer for Echo And The Bunnymen) and Pete Wylie (later of Wah!). The band lasted for little more than six weeks and disbanded without any public performances or formal recordings, although the song “Books” was later recorded by both Cope’s and McCulloch’s subsequent bands. Cope went on to form other short-lived bands before first achieving fame and success as the singer, original bassist and primary songwriter of The Teardrop Explodes.

After The Teardrop Explodes disbanded in late 1982 following the completion of three albums, Cope returned to live close to his hometown of Tamworth, settling in the nearby village of Drayton Bassett, and soon began recording. In 1983 he recorded some tunes for John Peel’s show. He re-worked these introspective works for his first solo album, World Shut Your Mouth, released in 1984.


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    J. cope come to southamerica! please

    10 Nov 11:30am Reply
  • mahu_d i've missed out badly

    31 Oct 12:42am Reply
  • levitate85

    My review of An Audience With Julian Cope at Liverpool's Unity Theatre last week:

    22 Sep 1:33pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    14 Jul 1:19am Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    He was on fine form at Primavera. Sleeping Gas! I also hope the great "Cunts Can Fuck Off" song gets a proper release at some point in the future.

    4 Jun 2:59pm Reply
  • fergalmc

    "however, seminal music writer" LOL

    12 May 5:17pm Reply
  • Groves89

    someone with 1,000 st. vincent plays wants to talk about ideas falling flat

    22 Apr 1:12am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Cope playing Primavera this year is just awesome.

    31 Jan 6:13pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    V "always" hahaha. This coming from someone who has less than one album scrobbled to his library. I don't believe for a second you have any experience of listening to Julian Cope beyond that, besides probably a couple of youtube clicks, so any attempts at furnishing us with some kind of critique on someone who has done everything from singing pop songs on TOTP to creating hour long psychedelic mantras, to writing protest albums, to forming furious garage rock side-bands is comically worthless. Cope being influenced by Krautrock is not 'syncretic' in any shape -- I am assuming you only wished to use that word in a sentence to show you know it; it was a natural evolution and it resulted in his most critically popular album. The cliche of "I don't like Cope's music (eg. it isn't cool to listen to him and he isn't acknowledged by Pitchfork, so I haven't done so) but I think he's a fantastic writer because I pretend to like Les Rallizes Dénudés now" is very played out from the sheep squad.

    19 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    however, seminal music writer

    17 Jan 6:33pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this guy has some great ideas and spleens, but I feel they always fall off kinda flat due to atrocious production and pseudo-syncretic style fetish with Krautrock

    17 Jan 6:32pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    so many good songs... can't cope

    16 Jan 2:02pm Reply
  • ShadyAdy

    Seconded; Mr Cope is indeed most excellent value live. On a side note, I am loving 'Revolutionary Suicide' - 'tis the best album he's does in well over a decade, in my humble opinion.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Travel to see him, if he plays anywhere remotely near you. He's worth it.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mahu_d

    Never seen Julian Cope live :(

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ellleotribal

    this picture is just so cool:

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mahu_d

    jesus christ he isn't but here is here and he is risen

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    New album (soon) and EP (available now for download):

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Maybe we need other musicians just to compare them to Julian Cope and remember always that he is no. 1!

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • mahu_d

    No one has drank so deeply from that ancient well If there is another please, I beg, pray tell?

    4 May 2013 Reply
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