In contrast to the sometimes too clean parts of Saint Julian itself, Cope here goes all out in several different directions at once, foreshadowing the wide range of approaches that would define his work in the '90s. Opening cut "Transporting," a "World Shut Your Mouth" B-side, is as chaotic as one could hope for, with squalling noises, a completely weird mix that keeps changing, and general production goofiness abounding. Transporting" reappears in another version later, with a variety of interview snippets scattered throughout the mix - there are a couple.
Type: Album + Compilation.
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Saint Julian had (modest) hit singles, and with a major label marketing budget probably exceeding the recording costs of his last five albums, was pretty high profile. And it's a mostly good album, if a little dated sonically. Despite lacking the unified themes of later works like Peggy Suicide or Autogeddon, the simple riff-based garage rock with a pop sheen works well to produce a solo career high in terms of commercial appeal. This was Cope's first solo album that was recorded by a band who'd toured the material first and it shows. Fondly referred to as the Two Car Garage Band in the second part of his autobiography, Repossessed, they were tight, held together by James Eller's impeccable bass and Chris Whitten's drums, with guitar from longtime sideman Donald Ross Skinner. Cope provides more guitar and keyboards, although the latter was under a pseudonym, apparently so as not to appear uncool.
Julian Cope : The Followers of Saint Julian. Post-punk, United-Kingdom (1997 - Island Records) Learn more. Post-punk - United-Kingdom Learn more.
|–Julian Cope Vs. Troublefunk*||World Shut Your Mouth (Trouble Funk Mix)||4:35|
|–Julian Cope||I've Got Levitation||2:59|
|–Julian Cope||Non-Alignment Pact||2:50|
|–Julian Cope||Umpteenth Unnatural Blues||2:58|
|–Julian Cope||Trainsporting (With Interview)||8:12|
|–Julian Cope||Trampolene (Warne Out Mix)||5:46|
|–Julian Cope||Mock Turtle||4:22|
|–Julian Cope||Warwick The Kingmaker||3:49|
|–Julian Cope||Almost Beautiful Child (I & II)||5:20|
|–Julian Cope||Eve's Volcano (Covered In Sin) / Vulcano Lungo||6:47|
|–Julian Cope||Pulsar NX (Live)||2:54|
|–Julian Cope||Shot Down (Live)||3:51|
|IMCD 251, 524 276-2||Julian Cope||The Followers Of Saint Julian (CD, Comp)||Island Masters, Island Records||IMCD 251, 524 276-2||UK & Europe||1997|
|80100083||Julian Cope||The Followers Of Saint Julian (CDr, Comp, RE)||Universal||80100083||UK||2004|