Cope, Julian

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(1957-    ) UK singer-songwriter, formerly lead singer of The Teardrop Explodes, who has since the 1980s released a number of playfully apocalyptic albums as a solo artist. The song "Upwards at 45" (in Jehovahkill, 1993) is a psychedelic account of Alien contact. Autogeddon (1994; the album takes its title from the poet Heathcote Williams) envisions cars as the agent of social collapse. The space rock of Interpreter (1995) touches on genre topics, most particularly in the tracks "I Come From Another Planet Baby" (a four-minute song which was released as a single in a 25-minute version); "The Love Boat", about a UFO encounter, and the self-referential "S.P.A.C.E.R.O.C.K. With Me". [AR]

Julian David Cope

born Tamworth, Staffordshire: 21 October 1957

died

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