Julian Cope was enjoying being a pop star. Reward and Treason had taken him into the charts, onto Top of the Pops and into the pages of the likes of Smash Hits magazine where teenage girls were coo-ing over his good looks.
Only he knew in advance that the next again single was going to be even more poppy, lighter and catchier than anything else he’d ever written with its killer-chorus and umpteen ba-ba-ba-ba-ba sing-a-long moments, so he put a killer track onto its b-side as a reminder that he remained more than capable of delivering material that was ahead of the curve:-
mp3 : The Teardrop Explodes – Christ versus Warhol
Radiohead would rip off this tune for Karma Police a few year later…….go on, admit the openings are identical.
It was a stroke of genius to put this on the b-side rather than parent album Wilder as it prevented any fundamentalists getting hot under the collar and demanding it be withdrawn. Oh and have a listen just before the two-minute mark for what could pass as Jarvis Cocker‘s recording debut….
Here’s the fabulous a-side. Criminal it stalled at #25:-
mp3 : The Teardrop Explodes – Passionate Friend
Tune in tomorrow for a guest ICA on another of our maverick geniuses.