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Peggy Suicide [Import]

Julian CopeAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001G0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Mid priced reissue of the former Teardrop Explodes frontman's critically acclaimed 1991 album. A milestone in Cope's career, it showed him to be a most mature composer and producer.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Endlessly Inventive and Enjoyable Ride. May 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
He's never enjoyed the commercial success of lesser talents and his problems with addiction are well known, but hardly anyone has the same lyrical panache' and way with a melody as Julian Cope. I first became aquainted with his work around '84-'85 with the "World Shut Your Mouth" LP, but this double LP length opus is by far his most fully realized effort. Arriving as it did a decade ago, "Peggy Suicide"(his nickname for the ravaged and scarred Mother Earth) is not just some intellectual's exploitation orgy, but a sprawling masterwork that touches on politics ("Soldier Blue") love and trust ("Pristine") and even a brilliant, punkish little ditty about addiction and family ties ("Hanging Out And Hung Up On The Line") which features the best lyrics on the album ('well the blues had a baby and the ba***rd couldn't sing', 'someone shouted, "let's keep the afterbirth and throw the kid away!", 'and I fried my brainsac for the pain I felt today')and a driving delivery with great chiming guitars and a backbeat that doesn't let up for a second, you're gonna love it! All of "Peggy...." is stunning and finds Cope stretching out to staggering effect on a host of topics. This is real music from a brilliant (if somewhat troubled) mind and will entertain and dazzle as well inform, and you can dance to it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, even for the uptight among us... January 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is not one of those albums you can neatly categorize. It's kind of like Julian, Hamell on Trial, and Built to Spill got together one night and took a heroic dose of acid :) Except this was all in 1991... It goes through a whole range of moods.. is a little hard to get into in Phase One with some pretty raw tracks like Pristine and Hanging Out... But after a few listens of the whole album it makes more sense. Phase Two and Phase Three are much more flowing and sometimes repetitive in a good way.. probably influences of underground electronic music I imagine he had been hearing a lot at the time. Just a guess there.. It's just one great musical moment after another! The track Safesurfer alone is worth buying the whole album. Phase Four lightens it up a bit musically, with the "hit" track Beautiful Love which is downright pop-ey yet not at all in a bad way, another great track, Western Front is really cool as is Hung Up and Hanging Out to Dry. The album plays more like a movie or a show than an album, with ideas appearings in one song and then coming back modified in another. Really great moments all the way through, and very few bad ones... BTW, to the other reviewer who doesn't know what "Not Raving but Drowning" is about, read the liner notes! It's based on the true story of a guy who was tripping on acid, and accidentally fell off the railing on a ferry... The song is a guess at what he might have been thinking as he went down... Anyway, a great album, one of my favorites for 12 years and by far my favorite of all the work Julian Cope has done. Highly recommended if you like Built to Spill or Radiohead... Great instrumental work through the whole thing too, excellent guitars... It is a real masterpiece...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Julian, where have you gone? July 22, 2005
By Paul
Format:Audio CD
This CD was all I listened to for 5 or 6 months back in the early 1990's and I still pull it out frequently, especially while driving. This collection of songs is environmentally aware, but not preachy, and I believe that this, coupled with superb song-writing and the sincerest of devotions to the future of what Cope calls "mother earth" is what makes "Peggy Suicide" a theme album that works.

Stylistically the spectrum is broad. "Pristeen", "Promised Land" and "Las Vegas Basement" are all slow ballads, the first two cresdendoing into a signature climaxes, the last remaining heart-felt and mournful. "Drive, She Said", "American Lite" and "Leperskin" are great classic rock anthems. "Head", "Soldier Blue" and "If You Loved Me At All" are groovy and psychedelic, but more accessible than a lot of Teardrop Explodes material of Julian's yesteryear. The gem of the collection is "Beautiful Love", a radio-friendly ode to divine charity inspired by swimming with dolphins.

Some songs will be a bit more challenging to traditional rock fans. "Hung up and hanging out to dry" is an orchestral monolith with only the seven words of the title seemingly caught once again in Cope's repetitive yet ever-building crescendo to an explosive climax. "Soldier Blue" was written about a protest in which the police became involved which includes a related Lenny Bruce routine to accentuate the theme. These are all catchy tunes, however, and even "You" and "Western Front", which might remind one of cartoon soundtrack material, will stick enjoyably in the mind of appreciative listeners.

It's well to mention that Peggy Suicide is drenched in Julian's sense of humor which co-exists quite naturally with his political message.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars meet Peggy...and Sqwubbsy September 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Julian Cope is a bit of a legendary figure who has a tendency to write really earthy ragged pop songs with an offbeat edge. his songs are so great because he infuses them with pure personality. this kind of characteristic seems to drive the songwriting process forward into a solid effort everytime the studio reels start rolling. Cope's tunes are filled with joy, sorrow, confusion, and many times silliness. his love of obscure psychadelic music is well documented on his HeritageHead website; and his solo work draws alot of inspiration from that particular style. the guitar work tends to be a bit spacey at times, and the rhythms are primal and well thought out. every song seems to have it's own steady pulse and Julian rides over all of it like some sort of half-crazed insightful singing shaman.

"Peggy Suicide" is a crowning glory of an album. an epic slab of rock with lots of loose ragged edges. Cope's lyrics are splendid on here, and rather than print the lyrics out in the booklet, he opts to personally write his thoughts on the meanings behind the songs. his words are sung in a low slung drawl that delivers his wit and insight with a tense sting and a wink in his devilish eyes. the album is bookend by two tender ballads "Pristeen" and "Las Vegas Basement."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, Pretty Peggy Suicide
I originally bought the cassette in a reduced price bin decades ago but it all too soon went the way of favorite cassettes ....obviously I didn’t think is was great..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars extra tracks worthless
Make no mistake this is a Great Album. You see why Julian left Teardrop Explodes. The album sounds fantastic after the re-master but the 2nd disc is worthless. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lynn Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant
This is simply a brilliant piece of work, from start to end, song after song delivers. "Safe surfer" for me is the highlight, just wonderfully rich and well crafted. Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by C. W. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Praying For Enlightened Days Ahead
Mixing together a savory brew of heavily percolating basslines, searing, highly modulated guitar licks, and percussion/percussive effects that establish a neat lockstep groove... Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by kabalabonga
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much
This is an overly ambitious, overly preachy cd yet it has "Beautiful Love" which is a stunningly beautiful and wonderfully upbeat song.
Published on January 28, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Has the Mistake in the UK booklet been corrected for this US Edition?
On Amazon UK, you will find that some liner notes are missing from the booklet because one of the pages was printed twice. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by Moon Panda
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone Remember Julian Cope?
Julian Cope gets overlooked far too often these days. His seminal group, The Teardrop Explodes, was there at the beginning of Liverpool's neo-psychedelic revival of the late... Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by tick tock
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical depth
Peggy Suicide is an album of incredible variety and scope, especially the rhythmic textures & the impressive array of guitars. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Cope's high point
Brilliant. Nearly perfect pop. And the wah wah pedal will stay with you as long as the lyrics. Dreamy, near psychedelic experience. Read more
Published on November 13, 2008 by Michael A. Duvernois
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian Cope at his peak
I think that Julian made a CD that is accessible to the people, has great messages and is not one of his works that are for the strict Julian Cope following. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Lisa
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