Floored Genius: The Best of Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes 1979-91

Floored Genius: The Best of Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes 1979-91

by Julian Cope
     
 

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A convenient enough stopgap release that turned up in between Peggy Suicide and Jehovahkill, the pun-titled Floored Genius provides a fine one-stop spot for those new to Cope's work, starting with Teardrop Explodes hits and going all the way up to Peggy Suicide's "Safesurfer." Total

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A convenient enough stopgap release that turned up in between Peggy Suicide and Jehovahkill, the pun-titled Floored Genius provides a fine one-stop spot for those new to Cope's work, starting with Teardrop Explodes hits and going all the way up to Peggy Suicide's "Safesurfer." Total die-hards won't need it, as no unreleased tracks surface, but those unable to find Skellington or Droolian will appreciate the appearance of, respectively, the nicely crazed "Out of My Mind on Dope & Speed" and the sweetly silly "Jellypop Perky Jean." Otherwise it's key singles and notable album cuts over Cope's higher profile career, showing how the precocious genius who came up with such instantly catchy pop hits like "Reward" and "Passionate Friend" became an even more distinct, individual artist as he went. One of the most striking things about Cope is how he at once incorporates any range of '60s and '70s influences, high profile or obscure, and is able to turn them all into his own sound, high on life (and other things, no doubt) and bursting with creative energy. Even his supposedly lost years documented on World Shut Your Mouth and Fried find him hitting new heights, as "Reynard the Fox" and "An Elegant Chaos" show. Extensive liner notes from his longtime friend and confidant Mick Houghton give a nicely off-kilter history of the man and his work, while a selection of photos, press clips and other ephemera help trace the path further. Those intrigued by the antiquarian side of Cope's life will appreciate the artistic map of his hometown, Tamworth, with reference to the various album covers and promo shots taken there over time. Peggy Suicide remains Cope's best standalone album, but Floored Genius is crucial at showing the heights of his work.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731451278822
catalogNumber:
5127882

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julian Cope   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Track Performer
Teardrop Explodes   Track Performer
Hurricane Smith   Trumpet
Alfie Agius   Bass
Terry Bailey   Trumpet
David Balfe   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Marimbas
Tim Bran   Organ
Rooster Cosby   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Steve Crease   Drums
Double DeHarrison   Organ,Synthesizer,Clavinet
Gary Dwyer   Drums
James Eller   Banjo,Bass,Lute
Ron Fair   Piano,Strings
Michael Finkler   Guitar
Alan Gill   Guitar
Jeff Hammer   Piano,Vibes
J.D. Hassinger   Guitar,Drums
Steve Lovell   Guitar,Recorder
Ray Martinez   Trumpet
Hugh Nicholson   Tambourine
David Palmer   Drums
Donald Ross Skinner   Bass,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Omnichord
Kate St. John   Cor anglais
Troy Tate   Guitar,Sitar
Chris Whitten   Drums
Zeigisch Kidsky   Tuba
Dan Levett   Cello
Aaf Verkade   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ron Fair   Arranger
Mike Mooney   Contributor

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