“Wilder” by The Teardrop Explodes - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1981Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

The quartet remain: Julian Cope (vocals, guitars, bass guitar, piano, organ), Troy Tate (guitars), David Balfe (keyboards, synthesizers) and Gary Dwyer (drums). The supporting cast includes producer Clive Langer (additional guitar), James Eller (bass guitar), Luke Tunney (trumpet) and Ted Emmett (trumpet). Three singles were lifted from the set: “Passionate Friend” (#25), “Colours Fly Away” (#54) and “Tiny Children” (#44). Following last year's debut, guitarist Alan Gill left group, stating that the pressures of the Rock n Roll lifestyle were unenjoyable, and Troy Tate was his replacement. To boot, Julian and Dave were arguing constantly, the latter drifting in and out of the group during 1981. The (kind-of) tongue-in-cheek word on the street is that Cope's unrestrained megalomania is now demanding yes men. The frontman had recently went through a marriage break-up and this patchy set chronicles his confused and unhappy state at the time, worsened by a new infatuation with LSD. The Teardrops would explode before the third album could be completed, with Cope later commenting: “The band was never built to last… It was like building a house on scaffolding, on top of a tank moving at three miles an hour. The higher you build it, the further removed you are from the reality that it’s actually moving and going to fall.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:27] 5.2.png The Teardrop Explodes - Bent Out Of Shape (Julian Cope) Cerebral Pop
A2 [02:54] 5.7.png The Teardrop Explodes - Colours Fly Away (Julian Cope) New Wave
A3 [03:47] 5.8.png The Teardrop Explodes - Seven Views Of Jerusalem (Julian Cope) Dubbeat
A4 [01:44] 7.5.png The Teardrop Explodes - Pure Joy (Julian Cope) Post-Punk
A5 [03:08] 5.2.png The Teardrop Explodes - Falling Down Around Me (Julian Cope) Dubbeat
A6 [05:29] 5.4.png The Teardrop Explodes - The Culture Bunker (Julian Cope) New Wave
B1 [03:29] 7.7.png The Teardrop Explodes - Passionate Friend (Julian Cope) New Wave
B2 [03:50] 4.8.png The Teardrop Explodes - Tiny Children (Julian Cope) Moodcore
B3 [03:48] 5.7.png The Teardrop Explodes - Like Leila Khaled Said (Julian Cope) New Wave
B4 [03:54] 5.0.png The Teardrop Explodes - …And The Fighting Takes Over (Julian Cope) Songwriter
B5 [04:34] 6.9.png The Teardrop Explodes - The Great Dominions (Julian Cope) Moodcore

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