Dennis Cooper on Julian Cope


Author Dennis Cooper cobbles together a pretty extensive Julian Cope Day at his blog: YouTube videos, direct quotes, chronology, and ephemera that add up to a portrait of the onetime Teardrop Explodes frontman and latter day author/occultist/etc. If nothing else it’s an excuse to revisit the psychedelic, swervy proto-Morrissey post-punk that Teardrop Explodes more or less invented. In retrospect it’s remarkable how listenable this stuff still is. My favorite part so far is this Cope quote:

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 5, 2009

    I’m not as successful as U2 because U2 do it the corporate way, they do what the corporation wishes, they spend a lot of time on the album then they spend a lot of time promoting it, they wear everybody down until everybody knows that U2 is back. Whereas I’m just an artist, I can just slam it out. Mine’s a holistic trip. That’s the difference. You could put me in a coracle and send me off to some rock somewhere to make art, but do that to any member of U2 and they wouldn’t make art, you know, they’d find a way back to the mainland.

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