117 - Fried by Julian Cope 1984
This is the lp where Julian Cope's mad as a hatter reputation reached fruition . The cover starts things off with a naked Julian under a turtle shell playing with some of his collection of toys cars on top of a slag heap.
Then to the music where Reynard the Fox kicks things off. It starts off as a fairly straightforward psychedelic rock song until his spoken interlude ends with the singer "spilling his guts all over the stage" and kick starts a final wig out. It instantly became alive classic
The rest of the lp is a mixture of fragile songs and pop hooks..
The groove based single Sunspots is a glorious pop song but failed to ignite public interest and it seemed tobe the view that Julian had blown it (which made the Lazarus like return of Saint Julian all the more surprising)
The remaining in tracks excluding the rockabilly thrash of Bloody Assizes are quieter more reflective , with an almost demo feel to them.
The best track for me shows that no matter how much he tries to hide it the simple pop song is what he does best
Bill Drummond Said - Julian Cope (the Bill Drummond reply "Julian Cope is dead" isn't half as good)
An English treasure at his eccentric best you can buy Fried here