ARTIST: Julian Cope
TITLE: World Shut Your Mouth
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #40 UK
SINGLES: Sunshine Playroom (#64 UK), The Greatness and Perfection of Love (#52 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you got the import or listened to 1984 college radio.
LINEUP: Julian Cope, Steve Lovell, Kate St. John, Gary Dwyer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Ex-Teardrop Explodes singer and guitarist releases his solo debut in much the same mode as his former band, except a little odder lyrically. Ok, a lot odder. He did a lot of acid around this time.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: On the surface, it seems like a ‘normal’ pop record – maybe a little eccentric – maybe a little psychedelic. Definitely tuneful.
The lyrics had something else to offer. Cope basically had a bit of a breakdown after Teardrop Explodes broke up (the story of their aborted sessions for their third album are, well, interesting) and became a bit eccentric and frankly a bit fried on acid. He was collecting classic toys during this period and the lyrics were also based a bit on childhood.
I missed this album when it came out – the US didn’t really get a full picture of Julian Cope until later. I know this definitely would have been played on college radio if someone could get a copy of it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Yes, Cope does have a song called “World Shut Your Mouth” – it’s probably his best known song in the US. It’s not on this album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, some bonus cuts are afoot.
GRADE: A-: I really like the tunefulness and playfulness of the music. This record epitomizes the reason I started this project – it’s an album I always heard about but never had a chance to grab – and now it’s easily available.