Julian Cope

Julian Cope

Born Julian David Cope on 21 October 1957 in Mid Glamorgan and raised in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Cope made his way to the Liverpool College of Higher Education and was embarking on a musical and literary career lasting over 30 years.
In 1977 Cope combined with a line-up that would become musical royalty in Liverpool in the years to come (albeit seperately). Julian Cope was bass guitar player for the aptly named Crucial Three with Ian McCulloch (later of Echo and the Bunnymen) and Pete Wylie (soon to form The Mighty Wah).
However Julian Cope achieved musical success and fame with The Teardrop Explodes as the group’s songwriter and bass player. The group disbanded in 1982 after recording three albums and eleven singles, including the top ten hit Reward.
Cope released his first debut album release World Shut Your Mouth in 1984 on Mercury, but was subsequently snapped up by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records. 
In he released 1991 Peggy Suicide which was acclaimed by critics who announced it as his best work so far. The record was overtly political and Cope’s prominent role in the anti-Poll Tax riots made him a standard bearer against the establishment. The single Soldier Blue was an anti-police message featuring samples from the Tax riot but caused consternation with Island Records as the label judged it was too political and would not release it.
Cope turned his attention to organised religion with the 1992 album Jehovahkill being seen as an attack on the church. Island Records subsequently dropped him causing a media outcry including an NME front cover featuring Cope with the headline ‘Endangered Species’.
Def American records, Rick Rubin’s label was Cope’s next port of call and he released 1994’s Autogedden and 1995’s 20 Mothers with the label but was later dropped when he refused to visit the US and Julian Cope’s relationship with his next label, Epic Records, have since led to him leaving that label and he has never attached himself to another.
Preferring to promote his music himself Cope has continued to record and play live both by himself and with various collaborators. He has a heavy metal band called Brain Donor and another band called Queen Elizabeth. He uses his website as a medium to buy his music.

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