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Classic: Julian Cope, Saint Julian, 1987

Julian Cope - Saint JulianI have been thinking about what to call a classic. Is it because millions around the globe know and own it? If so, than this week´s album should not be considered. But like I said when I started this series, I choose one because I can…

So back to Julian Cope and his Saint Julian record. At the time I bought it purely for the single World Shut Your Mouth that got a little airplay. Or actually too little airplay… And discovered the LP was filled to the brim with contagious music. From the upbeat opening of Trampolene, the very visualizing middle part of Shot Down, the ultra melodic Eves’ Volcano, the straight forward rocking affair that is Spacehopper, to that highly addictive single I bought it for. And it doesn´t stop there. Any track here is mesmerising in it´s charm. You try to resist a track like Planet Ride! Worth mentioning is the unexpected use of instruments like French Horn and Oboe.

Looking back I clearly see two things. One is the question why I didn´t follow Cope´s career afterwards. I have no clue on what he went on to do or if he is still making music. And second I also have no clue as to why all those millions don´t own this record. Even World Shut Your Mouth rarely rides the waves. Which is a shame as it is a great track that deserves far more. I loved hearing it again so please pick it up and give it a few spins…