The Teardrop Explodes
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Armed with trumpeters Ray Martinez and Hurricane Smith who add soaring flourishes and energetic blasts throughout, on Kilimanjaro the Teardrops explode in a torrent of creative, kicky and often downright fun songs that hotwire garage/psych inspirations into something more. Steering clear of ham-handed attempts to be commercially "new wave" while at the same time sounding young, bright and alive, the foursome go happily nuts with great results. Cope is already a commanding singer and frontman; his clever lyrics and strong projection result in a series of confident performances, whether his trading lines with himself on the motorik chug of "Sleeping Gas" or his yelps on "Books." For all the bad energy between himself and Balfe, the two sound like they're grafted at the hip throughout, the latter's keyboard washes and staccato melodies adding the fun, nervy vibe. Dwyer's spot-on drumming keeps the pace, while both guitarists, Finkler and his replacement Gill, don't drown the band in feedback to the exclusion of everything else. One listen to many of Gill's pieces, on songs like "Poppies," and Cope's oft-stated claim that early U2 was trying to rip off the Teardrops and other Liverpool/Manchester groups makes sense. Though it was assembled from a variety of different sessions Kilimanjaro still sounds cohesive. Perfectly hummable choruses, great arrangements and production and Cope's smiling vibe all add up with fantastic results. The sweet romance of "When I Dream" closes out this entertaining debut.
You need this album!
A classic of it's time and you know even today it still sounds great. Teardrop were a fantastic live act and this album caught them at their best, it almost sounds like a live album. Liverpool had a great stable of bands at that time Teardrop, The Bunnymen are only two. Every track on this album is a winner, not a duff track on the whole album. They went on to do another two albums, the second album is also well worth a listen. Then like a lot of bands they imploded and although Julian Cope maintained a critcally acclaimed solo career he never quite hit the heights of these chart topping days. This should be in your collection. Go buy it tomorrow.
i just bought Reward
I loved this song at the time and it still has the best horn line in an indie song, which has happily haunted me for years...
Formed: 1978 in Liverpool, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s
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