Album #474 – Kilimanjaro

Album #474

The Teardrop Explodes are one of the best underrated bands of the 1980’s. Fronted by Julian Cope, the band is a mix between post-punk, neo-psychedelic and a new genre called bubblegum trance. This band combines the best of all three genres to create something new. Their sound is unique but, their music is very accessible and resembles much of what would be played on college radio in the U.S. and Canada. Yet, in the UK, Julian Cope was a teen idol. Members of the group played with members of Echo & The Bunnymen and Siouxsie and The Banshees before they formed the band and hit it big. One reason for the psychedelic sound is the mind expansion members of the group did during recording. Another added touch was the use of trumpets on three of the tracks, creating a nod to ska and 2 tone. I really enjoyed this album. I had heard about the Teardrop Explodes before listening to Kilimanjaro but, after listening to it all the way through, you can really see the nice mixture of sounds within the group. They would record one more album together before they broke up. Cope went on to a successful solo career, carrying the charisma he had within the Teardrop Explodes, that ended up making him one of the biggest alternative rock artists of the late 80’s. Highlights include: Ha Ha I’m Drowning, Sleeping Gas, Treason, Poppies, Went Crazy, Books, Thief of Baghdad, When I Dream and Reward. Overall, I give Kilimanjaro, 5 out of 5.

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