It was not until the early 90s that I discovered British musician – Julian Cope. However, Julian Cope is a musician that is underrated and not well known in the States. It’s a bit of a shame really. Julian’s music career took off in 1978. He was the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. He followed this project up with a solo career that began in 1983. He also worked on musical side projects such as Queen Elizabeth, Brain Donor and Black Sheep (Wikipedia).
The first time I saw Julian was on 120 Minutes on MTV – when MTV actually cared about music and played music. The song I heard was “East Easy Rider.” It was psychedelic rock with smoky vocals (he kind of reminded me of the lead singer of The Cult). It made me want to don a leather jacket and speed off on a motorcycle taking turns and going over hills and around curves – enjoying a good drive to some unknown destination. There was a video for this song, but I can’t find it on-line…will have to make do with the following:
An interesting fact, Wikipedia states that Cope is a recognized authority on Neolithic culture, an outspoken political and cultural activist with a noted and public interest in occultism and paganism. As an author and commentator, he has written two successive volumes of autobiography called Head-On (1994) and Repossessed (1999), two volumes of archaeology called The Modern Antiquarian (1998) and The Megalithic European (2004) and two volumes of musicology called Krautrocksampler (1995) and Japrocksampler (2007).
Cope has continued to perform live in the UK and Europe. However, he has not toured professionally beyond Europe for several years. He was chosen by Belle & Sebastian to perform at their second Bowlie Weekender festival presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK in December 2010. In 2012, Julian has released Julian Cope—
Psychedelic Revolution and later in the year he will release Julian Cope—Revolutionary Suicide.
Julian’s website description of the album, Psychedelic Revolution:
CD1 and CD2 are dedicated to Cope’s two most politically intense heroes and heroines – Che Guevara and Leila Khaled – listeners will be right to expect the always fiery intensity of the Archdrude’s performance. Expect tales of insurrection, tales of building new cultural traditions and tales of sexism, racism and even species-ism. Yes, both intellectually and sonically, this is a record to engage deeply with the listener’s unconscious. And with its massed banks of Mellotron 400, wah-acoustic guitars, oboe and brass, this new Cope album is one to Send You Under again and again.
Julian’s Web Site: http://www.headheritage.co.uk/