The great Julian Cope is to release a box set collection of his third album . ‘St Julian’ in February.
Saint Julian was the first album recorded by Julian Cope for Island Records,
following his two albums on the Mercury label.
Encouraged by his new manager, Cope changed his image: cutting his hair,
wearing rockerâs leathers and embracing a “Rock God” perspective (as well
as investing in a bizarre climbable microphone stand (with integral steps).
To record and tour the album, Cope put together a new backing group, this
featured lead guitarist
Donald Ross Skinner and drummer Chris Whitten and James Eller (whoâd played
alongside Cope on the second Teardrop Explodes album, Â Wilder) and Cope himself on vocals and rhythm
For the album, Cope also played keyboards under the alias of “Double
Several songs on the album originated from much earlier than the others.
“Screaming Secrets” had been a Teardrop Explodes song which never made it to
album, while “Spacehopper” dated back to late 1970s writing sessions with
The albumâs new songs abandoned the collapsing psychedelic styles of
Fried in favour of a crisp,Â punchier and more structured sound, drawing partially on Copeâs professedÂ love for Â Â Detroit heavy rock actsÂ such as early Â Â Alice Cooper.
Early sessions were supervised by
Ramones producerÂ Â Ed Stasium and delivered the song
“World Shut Your Mouth” (which became Copeâs biggest solo hit, reaching #19
in the UK in 1986), “Pulsar” and “Spacehopper”. The remaining album sessions
were produced by Warne Livesey. The parent album was well received and
generated two more singles (“Trampolene” and “Eveâs Volcano”).
This deluxe version of the album contains all the B-side and remixes which
have been sequenced by Julian himself. With notes by Ian Harrison and
updated art this is a great testament to one of Julian Copes best and
Saint Julian Deluxe Edition
02. Shot Down
03. Eveâs Volcano
05. Planet Ride
06. World Shut Your Mouth
07. Saint Julian
09. Screaming Secrets
10. A Crack in the Clouds
01. Iâve Got Levitation
02. Umpteenth Unnatural Blues
04. Warwick the Kingmaker
05. Non-Alignment Pact
06. Mock Turtle
07. Almost Beautiful Child (I & II)
09. Trampoline Warne Out Mix
10. World Shut Your Mouth Trouble Funk Mix
11. Pulsar Nx Live
12. Shot Down Live
13. Eveâs Volcano (Covered in Sin)/Vulcano Lungo 12â³ Remix
14. Spacehopper – Annexe