465. world shut your mouth

Not to be confused with the 1984 album of the same name, this Julian Cope world stomper spoke a truth that was rather impossible to ignore in 1986. Anger, bile, spite were all officially virtues now if you wanted to survive. It was the Winter of Hate after all. Everybody who was even half alert was shouting down the world, demanding it shut the f*** up. Not that the world was listening. But that just meant we could shout louder, louder, louder. No limit. Which made for some great music if nothing else.

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1031. ouch monkeys!

The Teardrop Explodes being A.one of the best band names ever, B. the outfit that gave the world the one and only Julian Cope  who, by all accounts, has equal parts madness and genius erupting from his psychedelic soul, which put him rather out of synch with much of what was going down in the early 80s. But being a mad genius he didn’t care. And thus, the eerie and timeless strangeness of 1981’s Ouch Monkeys! (a title we’re still trying to figure out).

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