The year was 1991. While visiting Los Angeles and Santa Barbara I bought Julian Cope‘s latest album Peggy Suicide before seeing Terminator 2 opening weekend. For the next weeks, if not months, it was all I listened to. In 2009 a deluxe edition was released with an extra CD of material. It’s as good, if not better, than I remember.
Julian Cope is an interesting figure. He is a former member of The Teardrop Explodes and author of Krautrocksampler an amazing (and hard to find) musicological study on early German electronic music. He is also a proficient solo artist.
Every track on Peggy Suicide tells a related tale in a larger story of mother earth on the verge of committing suicide. The music is amazingly catchy especially when one considers the content of the lyrics. There is a definite flow to the album (as there is with any great album); It starts out slowly and softly, builds up to a crescendo and then slows back down. It’s an amazing and emotional journey through Julian Cope‘s mind.
Peggy Suicide is about as close as you can come to a perfect album.