Saint Julian was the third solo album from former Teardrop Explode and arch druid Julian Cope. After a couple of eccentric works beloved of fans but without mainstream success, Saint Julian dialled up the commercial sheen and contained its own Top 40 smash in World Shut Your Mouth proving that you can make music on your own sometimes barely explainable terms and also be a pop star at the same time. What a man.
Vinyl LP £17.99 5792102
Reissue LP on Island.
CD £12.99 UMCREP2019
Re-Presents Edition 2CD on UMC.
7/10 Penrith Steve 26th July 2015
Julian Cope's music has always sounded different to whatever else is going on at the time. His post punk band The Teardrop Explodes were different to other bands at the time. In away, it makes his music genuinely timeless. There's a bit of an '80s sheen on "St. Julian", his third solo album from 1987, but not much. It probably is his most pop-sounding album though. It's probably the one that got him noticed as a solo performer with classic pop hits such as "World Shut Your Mouth". It's definitely the one that brought him to my attention but I was 12 at the time. "Trampoline" and "Spacehopper" are other stand-out tracks. After this he released a similarly pop album with "My Nation Underground". Obviously wanting to rid himself of the pop tag he then released a couple of much stranger albums with "Skellington" and "Droolian". His best two albums followed, however, 1991's "Peggy Suicide" and 1992's "Jehovahkill"
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