Song Of The Week #31
Friday, February 24, 2012 12:37:40 PM
As you may recall, I'm a great fan of the rock maverick Mr. Julian Cope, and I have a number of his albums. This one in particular, 2008's Black Sheep was fairly hard to get - it's a Japanese import, which I considered myself lucky to find in Berlin....it wasn't cheap either, but totally worth it I like his druidity (if that's a word. Well - if it wasn't, it is now! ), because that way of seeing the world suits me too .
This dude has such a lot of good music in his portfolio, that...well, what can I say? His later and current stuff is not as immediately and obviously tuneful or commercial as his earlier stuff, but these days he's more intense, dedicated perhaps, and able to voice his commitments much more strongly, I think. Early JC and The Teardrop Explodes are gone (but not forgotten) - he just writes more directly now, and is thinking, looking, feeling his way around the universe and seeing it, in my opinion, for real and in approximately it's true light.
This album is, as they say, a game of two halves. CD 1 is called 'Return of the Native' and CD 2 is called 'Return of the Alternative' (geddit?). JC manages this all rather well, keeping plenty of melody and form whilst still delivering a certain amount of polemic...although despite the rant at the end of the featured track, this album still sound like the dude who wrote and sang 'Kolly Kibber's Birthday' and 'Passionate Friend', and rants are minimal (well, there is only one really ) The rest of the album is excellent , although...ummmm...'alternative' is definitely a key word here The 2nd CD kicks off with a catchy number called 'All the blowing-themselves-up motherfuckers will realise the minute they die that they were suckers'. Worth it just for that title alone, in my book And, if you like the featured track, I'm quite sure you're going to like this album Highly recommended, and it gets 5 out of 6 on the old musicometer.
Julian Cope's home base, here, an interview, here, another good interview, here, his surprisingly extensive discography, here and his product available on Amazon, here
Youtubes, then :