In 1984 an album was released by the prolific Julian Cope that was unique even by the standards of this psychedelic master.

You may or may not remember Julian as the front-man from 'The Teardrop Explodes' whose single 'Reward' is found on most half decent 1980s compilation albums.

Known for his drug experimentation and alternative music Julian's music has developed a serious cult following over the years and there are some great albums under the belt of Mr Cope.

One of his most commercially successful albums was 1991s 'Peggy Suicide' that brought Julian to the attention of a new generation of music lovers and it is a masterpiece which is the first of a trilogy of albums with 'Autogeddon'  and 'JehovahKill' completing the trilogy.

In my late teens I remember sitting listening to this album in various states of consciousness in between the obligatory Syd Barrett albums as any self respecting fan of psychedelic would, and Syd Barrett is another huge influence on Julian's music.

So it seemed to an avid Barrett fan such as myself as if Cope's music had reached its zenith but I was in for a pleasant surprise.

3 years later Autogeddon was released and it blew the door off the hinges.

This album is one of the finest crafted pieces of work that still stands up today and has not dated one iota because of its timeless raw appeal.

All songs are recorded as first takes with the song 'Paranormal pt1' recorded in West Kennet Long Barrow, which is a Neolithic tomb (Neolithic Europe is something that Julian has written extensively on) which gives an idea of the though that went into this complex album.

There is a rawness to the album production that cannot be described as stripped down, I would describe it as a very 'alive' sounding album as opposed to 'live' sounding. There are many outstanding musical moments on here that would have been ruined by a more pristine production and that is something Julian must have been very aware of.

The song 'Don't call me Mark Chapman' is like living a short story with some incredibly clever changes and movements which has movements perfectly condensed into a 5 minute 21 second song, it shouldn't work but it does.


Humour is not missing on this album, 'Archdrude's Roadtrip' is a prime example of this, as is 'Ain't No Gettin' Round Gettin' Round'. But the first song on the album is where Cope's true genius is at its most visible.

'Autogeddon Blues' is one of the most angry songs that has ever been written and I want to elaborate on that but it would spoil the surprise so I will end this article and order you readers to go and buy it forthwith.

When you play 'Autogeddon Blues' turn the volume up experiencing the perfect relationship between Cope's lyrical genius and the sonic onslaught which accompanies it.

Yes play it very loud then punch your neighbours if they complain…..OK maybe that's a bad idea but I think you get the idea and, if you don't, you will by the end of the song.

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