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Editors’ Notes

The Teardrop Explodes was one of the great bands to emerge after the punk and new wave explosion. The group had an unusual feel for pretty melodies and arrangements that blurred the lines between guitars and keyboards (and even horns) until it was one grand sound. Leader Julian Cope would go on to a remarkable solo career that headed into the deep wilds of psychedelia, but here he's reigned in just enough to make the songs pop. The Teardrop Explodes put out just two albums while together—Kilimanjaro and Wilder—with Everybody Wants to Shag released post-breakup. Though Cope has never entertained a reunion, he did approve a series of reissues that rescued obscure b-sides and featured superior sound. This compilation is part of that campaign and serves as the band's highlight reel, with the rare "Passionate Friend" b-side "Christ Versus Warhol" being the one reason hardcore fans should look here. As an introduction it's excellent, and for some it may be all they need.

Customer Reviews

Daredevil Derivation

It's an honor (well, sort of) to be the first here to recommend this inimitable post-punk collection of Teardrop Explodes material. Much like early Echo & The Bunnymen ("Heaven Up Here"), this music bears repeated listening before it can be truly appreciated. Surprised to just learn that the Teardrop Explodes moniker came from a Marvel comic book (Daredevil) but apparently it is true. Still anxiously waiting for Julian Cope's solo material (specifically "Fried") to make it on iTunes but this will do nicely for now.

awesome band

The Teardrop Explodes were one of, if not the best neo-psychedelic bands to come out of England in the 80's. This collection shows how electrifying and vibrant their music was and still is. Like Echo and the Bunnymen, TE knew how to write a good catchy pop song and sonically turn it on it's ear. A great band worth listening to.

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A great collection by one of the top bands to come out of the Neo Psychedelic/Post Punk movement in the late 70's and early 80's. This is a big part of the soundtrack of my youth and along with Echo and The Bunnymen and The much underappreciated The Sound they still grace my Ipod frequently. Bono has publicly stated what a huge influence these bands had on him. Download these tracks and find out why. The only thing that would make this collection better would be the inclusion of World Shut Your Mouth and Charlotte Anne. Two classic songs from Julian Cope's solo career. BUY!


Formed: 1978 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

One of the pivotal groups to emerge from the Liverpool neo-psychedelia community during the late '70s, the Teardrop Explodes was a showcase for Julian Cope, a notoriously eccentric figure whose unfashionable love of Krautrock and hallucinogenic drugs set him distinctly apart from the prevailing punk mentality of the era. Cope formed the band in 1978 after a tenure in the Crucial Three (also comprised of Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch and Wah!'s Pete Wylie); taking their name from a panel in...
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