Rail On #28

2005-05-25 to 2006-08-30

Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed May 25 10:49:11 2005

Hi guys!

I archived the list. :) I like the nice and clean look!

Simon Reynolds' book (which I dicussed in my last post) has inspired me to buy a lot of post-punk CDs. My favorite chapter so far was the one on Public Image Limited. I haven't read about Cope yet.

How are things going?

Do y'all want me to put the Interpreters mp3s online?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Sat Jun 4 15:56:13 2005

Okay, I've gotten a few queries about the Interpreters CDs.

To tide y'all over until Volume 3, I've created and uploaded mp3s of all the songs from Volumes 1 and 2. You can listen to them via the "tribute" link and then "volume 1" or "volume 2".

If any contributors object to having their songs on mp3, let me know and I'll remove the links to them.



Trav tripalot.com/travis Tue Jun 7 14:18:19 2005

Hey guys, I'm once again contemplating the Echo and the Bunnymen boxed set.

I have old releases of all the pre-Reverberation studio albums.

I'm trying to decide what to get:

1) Crystal Days (boxed set) -- $50
2) re-releases of studio albums (with lots of bonus tracks) - $11 each

Has anyone heard both?


Todd Johnson Thu Jun 9 12:47:49 2005

Hey Trav,
If I had to choose, I guess I'd be inclined to get the re-issues. I liked the bonus tracks, and the liner notes, although not as extensive as the box-set booklet, are good.

Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Jun 9 13:18:27 2005

Todd -

Thanks! I went ahead and order the first 5 albums. I got 'em used for about $8 each (from amazon). I figured I can sell my own copies for around $4 or $5 each. I'll take a hit on shipping but hopefully the net cost of the reissues will be around $30.

Maybe if I *love* the reissues I'll feel an itch to get the boxed set too. There's a lot of overlap, though, right?

Have you heard any of their recent albums? The last thing I have from them is Reverberation (on tape)? Also, the first 2 Ian McCullogh solo albums. That's about it. And Electrafiction or whatever it was called. Are "Flowers" and the other 90s/2000s albums post-punky like the early Echo albums, or are they mellow and jangly (snore-inducing)?

I'm almost done reading Simon Reynold's post-punk book. That's what's inspired me to checkout Echo (and other bands) again.

Julian and the Teardrops were discussed briefly. The interesting thing is that Simon said that one of the main reasons the Teardrops failed to make it big was Julian's inability to sing anything more complex than major chords. Also, Simon didn't seem to like Wilder.

Hey, I think Wilder is great! I don't listen to it very often, though. Maybe once every couple years. Hmm. Ditto for Kili, and the rest of Cope's albums for that matter. Yeah, I like Cope, but I don't feel the compulsion to put it on as often as I used to.

Stuff I play more often:
- the fall
- public image limited
- wire

In other words, the "darker" stuff.

Julian's recent stuff has been dark, but it seems more metal than post-punk. I love the post-punk sound.

Anyway, back to Echo... That's what I'm wondering: are the recent Echo albums what you'd call "post-punk"? Or just plain old brit-rock?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Tue Jul 19 14:14:08 2005

Cope got back on Radcliffe (to make up for his no-show a few months ago). Doggen's there too. Someone on the Fall forum posted a link to an mp3 of it: http://s20.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0D1BZNZ...U43JL6OTKZSJBHJ

Songs performed on the Radcliffe session:
- "I Found a New Way to Love Her" (new)
- "The Living Dead" (Citizen Cain'd)

Also, for those of y'all who are as out of touch as me, here's some great news: Cope's new album "Dark Orgasm" is due out in November. You can read more about it on Head Heritage: http://www.headheritage.co.uk/addressdrudion/73/2005


Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Wed Aug 3 10:13:16 2005

Most of you may know this already, but an exclusive Brain Donor show has just been announced for September in Bristol. Here are the details so far:

Plus OM, THE HEADS and denim & leather & espionage dj's
The Thekla, The Grove, Bristol, BS1
Saturday, September 3, 2005
Tickets: $16.50 each

You can get tickets from the Bristol Ticket Shop or on line at: http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

Andrew Wed Aug 3 10:14:25 2005

I guess that should be 16.50 not $16.50.

Killerman Wilder keldridge@ntlworld.com Fri Aug 5 18:37:03 2005

I had lunch with Julian in Cardiff around 1997 and I'd just like to say that the guy is not famous by accident. An inspiring individual who made me want to be a better person. Okay so that lasted about a week but you you know what I mean.

Just read Head On and am currently half way through Reposessed... its improved the quality of my life and I'm dreading reaching the final page.

I've been away too long...........

Fat www.fatpaul@blueyonder.co.uk Sun Aug 7 18:55:15 2005


Burvs markburvill@yahoo.co.uk Tue Aug 30 07:11:54 2005

Hi all,

I've got two spare tickets for Brain Donor at the Bristol Thekla on Saturday.
I'm gutted that I can't go anymore.
If anyone's interested, mail me on markburvill@yahoo.co.uk


kevin stapleton kfpmurphy@hotmail.com Sun Sep 4 13:27:58 2005

Became a devoted Cope fan in the early 80's at the age of 13 when my parents picked up a copy of 'Wilder' for me while on a trip to London. It was just such a great soundtrack for my teenage depression (Tiny Children, Great Dominions etc. Tried to collect everything he ever released and read every interview etc. Also loved the bunnies. Took acid later on cos it was Joolian's substance of choice. Flew to London in 1989 and saw him play at the Dominion theatre London. It was superb (Nation Underground Tour) - I was right at the front and at one point Joolian leaned down into my face and stuck his tongue out in the direction of my mouth (dunno WHY!!). 1993 Julian came to play an acoustic gig in a castle in my city in Ireland. I dropped acid with some friends beforehand and couldn't help but sing along to every song (I knew every single f**king word of every song) but the trouble was that I was the only person in the place apart from Joolian who was singing. Someone told me later that I had ruined the night for everybody!!! Don't know if it was true exactly but I guess it was like there was an echo in the hall. Towards the end of the gig Julian straps on a green electric guitar with a wireless radio amp thingy and comes down through the crowd. He stands a few feet in front of me and we sing 'Sleeping Gas' together. I was in absolute ecstasy. Then he went back to the stage and played 'China Doll' and that shut me right up (smart bastard)!! After the gig the tour manager approached me and asked me if I would like to go backstage and meet Julian. I was so feckin stoned that when I got into his dressing room all I could say was 'Sex! Julian! Better than sex'. i think i actually managed to freak joolian out a little bit (which isn't easy i think). Then a local music journalist and various other heads came in to pay homage and I sat quietly in the corner for the next couple of hours surfing the waves of delusion grandiosely surging through my serene being. No wild antics from the Cope-just a big bong going round (i did not partake-too sensible). My parting words to Joolian as he climbed into his 4x4 were 'Pizza, Julian...PIZZA!!! He leaped in and shut the door quickly before taking off with a spray of gravel.
Later I wrote an article about the whole evening (the journalist turned over his tape to me !!) for a local music paper - copy of which I still have somewhere. Strangely my obsession with Joolian ended that night. Got a government job 4 months later and now have two kids, mortgage, big house in the country etc. Yes, I can say that Joolian certainly changed my life that night. I am now in the process of selling off my entire Julian Cope/Teardrop Explodes paraphernalia on ebay. Need the space in the guest bedroom.

Trav tripalot.com/travis Sun Sep 4 13:55:17 2005

Interesting how sometimes closer looks can be turn-offs.

This past month I watched lots of music DVDs.
- Some of them increased my interest in the bands (wire, frank zappa, sex pistols).
- Some had no effect (phish, buzzcocks, ramones, new order, fall, sting).
- Some actually decreased my interest (clash, radiohead, cure).

Since a face-to-face is an even more intimate look at a star, I can see how the chances of a polarizing effect are even greater. It's probably hard to emerge unchanged from a close encounter. Your commitment to that artist will probably either skyrocket or plummet.

It's hard to know which way the intimacy will push you. It's probably hard for the artists to know too.

I'm curious if other people had a similar reaction to meeting julian (or any artist), or (to a lesser extend) watching videos and reading/listening to interviews.


Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Sep 21 15:53:17 2005

Listening to Citizen Cain'd for the first time in ages.

Great energy, but it's hard to get it balanced right on my speakers -- it always sounds too ***LOUD***!

Do y'all have a tough time listening to it too?

Anyone get the US-only brain donor CD? For those of us who already have the first 2 Brain Donor releases, is there any reason to get the US-only CD?


Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Fri Sep 23 11:23:48 2005

Trav - Citizen Cain'd is a bit like that. I think he deliberately "over produced" some of the tracks to sound slightly distorted, but it tends to be the songs on the first cd. How does cd 2 sound? That sounds very balanced to me.

Also, I did buy the Brain Donor compilation cd. No surprises on it as it is basically culled from their two cds. Is it worth buying? As the completist that I am I have to say yes, but I am biased. Deffinately worth getting if you don't have the other cds. If I wasn't such a completist then I would probably say no - you'd be better off spending the money on something else, such as Holy McGrail's Collecting Earthquakes!

Bev carchic@shaw.ca Sun Oct 2 14:24:53 2005

Hi y'all! I see that I'm not alone. I remember back in 83? I was at my drafting table working (I was in collage then) when I heard some incredible music coming from the tv. It was Julian! I had no idea who he was, but I was smart enough to pop in a video tape and recorded it. I think he was on the Tonight show or something like that. Gosh! I was so turned on by him swinging on his mic stand! I'm going to look for that tape. I know I still have it somewhere. When I do find it, I'll download it and share it with ya. What do ya think of that eh? LOL.

Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Wed Oct 5 18:00:10 2005

Chances are that the appearance was a bit later than 1983, as the climbing-frame mic stand didn't appear on the Cope stage until late 86 (World Shut Your Mouth single). If it was the Tonight Show then chances are it was 1987, as that's when he toured the US to promote Saint Julian. Let us know if you manage to find the tape Bev, as I and probably others would love to see it!

Where abouts are you in Canada? I am located in the "bloody hell, its almost winter again" vastness of northeast Alberta.

Bev carchic@shaw.ca Wed Oct 5 21:18:17 2005

Sorry about the fuzzy memories. Too much partying back then. You are right it's 87, and yes I did find it! I'm working on getting it downloaded. I'm from Surrey, BC. Rain, rain and more rain. Later!

Bev carchic@shaw.ca Wed Oct 5 21:44:57 2005

If anyone likes to chat about Julian, you can find me at msn messanger as "smackie"

Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Fri Oct 7 13:59:01 2005

Bev: Lived in Vancouver for 5 years myself, so I know the area well. If you ever get sick of the rain come up here in January and February when its -35C and you'll be begging for that clammy dampness again! Email off this board if you want. I would love to get a vhs copy of the video you mention, so I can add it to the collection.

Bev carchic@shaw.ca Sat Oct 8 21:23:43 2005

NO TANKS! LOL! nice try, But I know I live in the, quote, unqote "Best place On Earth!" At this point I'm sticking my tongue out at you ( so there) lol. I going to try to download the video first. If that fails, I'll have to send you a tape. It's hard to combine old technology with new.

Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Oct 27 13:16:27 2005

Hey guys! I received another couple tribute songs! Yay!

I've uploaded some of the mp3s for the upcoming Volume 3.

If you've been thinking of recording and/or sending in your cover songs, now's a great time to do it!


Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Mon Oct 31 11:00:59 2005

Dates are coming in for a tour by Julian in February 2006. A full announcement is to be made by Head Heritage tomorrow. So far we have:

Feb 13 - Cambridge Junction
Feb 16 - London Koko (formerly Camden Palace)
Feb 20 - Bristol Fleece & Firkin
Feb 24 - Manchester University

Hopefully to more dates to follow...

Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Mon Oct 31 18:30:29 2005

Just got word that a Leeds show is also imminent:

Leeds Metropolitan University, 23-Feb. Tickets are priced at 16.50 (STBF) and will be available from all Leeds Met SU bars, Jumbo Records, Crash Records and LUU C.A.T.S very soon. Alternatively call 0113 2444600 to order tickets over the phone or visit www.ticketline.co.uk to order online.

Matt Wed Nov 2 11:07:48 2005


I recently got a hold of some video of The Teardrop Explodes live. I paid 20 bucks on ebay for it, but I'm going to slowly upload them on to my website for those who want it, because I think it's silly to pay for something that isn't owned by anyone.

So, here's a vid of "Ha Ha I'm Drowning" and "Reward" from TV circa 1980.

You must have Quicktime to view the file, other programs will just open it as a sound file:

While you're there, check out a glam rock film that I directed; www.methelfilms.com

Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Nov 2 19:33:00 2005

Matt -

Thanks! Cool video! There's a few glitches in it; how did you rip it?

Your website is too loud!!! Freaked me out when I first loaded it.


Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Nov 2 19:38:11 2005

For those of y'all who haven't checked out Head Heritage, Cope's next album is due out near the end of this month. Yay!


Bev carchic@shaw.ca Wed Nov 2 20:54:07 2005

Hey Guys, I'm still working on getting that video downloaded onto computer. My mom has the software, so I've got to down to her place to do it. Soon I hope! I have not forgotten. I agree with Matt. You shouldn't have to pay to see it.

Matt Thu Nov 3 10:25:04 2005

Hey Trav,

The glitches were actually in the DVD...I think some things happened live on TV (some beeps), and some things are a result of it probably being a 25 year old VHS tape dubbed to DVD.

Still, that's my favorite performance on the DVD, there's another couple of hours of video that I'll slowly upload, performance by performance. I'll let people know.

If you have a Mac, there's a program to rip DVDs to video files called 'Handbreak'.

Thanks for checking out the site...sorry if it was too loud!

ron Fri Nov 25 09:05:45 2005

hmmm... p'haps the mysterious and exotic Lauren Silverwolf will be in attendance @ bristol...


Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Fri Nov 25 15:18:50 2005

Received my Dark Orgasm two days ago. Still listening to it so I'm not commenting at this time. Anyone got any feedback so far?

Trav tripalot.com/travis Sun Nov 27 12:12:26 2005

Ordered it as soon as I saw it listed on HH. Haven't received it yet. Am very anxious for it to arrive soon, since I am moving this weekend!

I'd love to hear your first impressions!


Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Nov 28 23:32:02 2005

I got Dark Orgasm today! Listened to it twice, and posted a brief review on the Reviews page.

I also tweaked the site's style a bit, and added another mp3 for Interpreters Volume 3. :)


Trav tripalot.com/travis Tue Nov 29 23:48:38 2005

Weird question for y'all.

I'm getting ready to move into a place where my stereo will be in a separate room from my music studio. So I can't use my tuner and speakers to listen to my music while I create it.

I have an extra pair of speakers, but what I don't have is a way to power them. I need to get some sort of amplifier. Either that, or another tuner.

What's a relatively inexpensive (< $100) way to power a couple of speakers for monitoring music? Here's the speakers:




Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Dec 1 12:12:16 2005

Hi, I moved us to my new server (tripalot.com).

Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Dec 21 12:34:50 2005

So anyway, what do y'all think of Dark Orgasm?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Jan 5 06:44:09 2006

allmusic.com gave Dark Orgasm only 2 of 5 stars. Ouch! I agree with their review, though. I also agree with the reviews that give it 4 of 5. Thing is, Cope's on a limb with this Spinal Tap racket. Not everyone's willing to follow him as he pursues his latest fetish. Personally, I hope he drops this sonically [uber]masculine, lyrically feminist pose and gets back to making dancy ditties... or at least some euro-sounding Krautrock.

Speaking of Krautrock, I found some cool podcasts:

"In My Room"
- http://www.garageband.com/user/InMyRoompodcast/podcast/main.xml
- checkout "and_the_subject_was_krautrock"

"East Village Radio Podcasts - Harris Smith"
- http://www.eastvillageradio.com/auto-archives/Harris_Smith/dircaster.php
- super-cool taste in music! one of his podcasts starts with the Fall!

"The Fuzzy Mode Show"
- http://thefuzzymode.libsyn.com/rss
- more cool post-punk. has some Can, I think.

Do y'all have any favorite podcasts?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Jan 5 07:45:53 2006

Here's another cool podcast w/ post-punk:

"The Strangelove Show"
- http://www.strangeloveradio.com/rss.xml

Since the music for these shows is copyrighted, they'll eventually get shut down, right?


The Gathering Sun Jan 8 14:15:22 2006

Chilled Children of the Chillom, Droodz, Websters, Net-Age Travellers, People of the Net, Surfers & All Night Cybernauts, Supernauts, Forward Thinking Mofos, Droogs & Drudes, Krautonautical Cyber-Kelts, Greasy Truckers, Me-old-Muckers, Forward-thinking Motherfuckers, Seer/Suckers, Droodskis, Mothers, Brothers, Lovers All, Motherloders, New Age Witches, Stone Age Bitches, Seventh Sons with Seven-Year-Itches, Guys'n'Gals of the Cyber Password, Cyber Droogs, Surfing Drudes and Clucking Quaaludes, the Discorporated, babies, Odins, Lokis, Suntanned Freyjas, Stoned Circle Jerks and Crop Surveyors, Darlings, Women of the Free World, Lay-deeez! Gennle-men! Lambs! Droogs and Drudettes, Drudes, People, Kiddies, Droogs, Druggies and Drudges, Droodies, Droogies Punks, Nomads, Pastoralists, Settlers all, Fellow Islanders, Continental Drifters, Friends, Ramones, Country people, Dudes, Drudion, Patient Outpatients, Humanoids, Survivors, Norns, Maenads, Camp Followers, rock'n'rollers, Mein Hairies, Ladies and Gentlemen.

20th Feb - Bristol Academy

Rob rlross1765@yahoo.com http://www.officialrobross.com Sun Jan 8 14:18:53 2006

Hi All:

Happy New Year; it's been ages since I've been here or said anything. Changes in life, etc. seem to do that--The Punch Line's album is out in April; you can hear a track at our MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thepunchlineny). We're moving from New York and things are very nice right now.

Although I've gotten away from Cope's recent work, I was really happy the morning I was driving to work with my new XM radio and "Passionate Friend" came on. Yesterday was my 41st birthday--they played "Poppies". Justifies getting satellite radio right there.

Trav--do you need new copies of my covers for the 3rd "Interpreters"? Or new info, etc.?

Hope all is well with you good folks.

Much love,

Rob rlross1765@yahoo.com http://www.officialrobross.com Sun Jan 8 14:19:04 2006

Hi All:

Happy New Year; it's been ages since I've been here or said anything. Changes in life, etc. seem to do that--The Punch Line's album is out in April; you can hear a track at our MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thepunchlineny). We're moving from New York and things are very nice right now.

Although I've gotten away from Cope's recent work, I was really happy the morning I was driving to work with my new XM radio and "Passionate Friend" came on. Yesterday was my 41st birthday--they played "Poppies". Justifies getting satellite radio right there.

Trav--do you need new copies of my covers for the 3rd "Interpreters"? Or new info, etc.?

Hope all is well with you good folks.

Much love,

Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Jan 9 07:03:38 2006

Rob -

Congrats on getting the album done! Here's the full url to your page (so that people can click on it): http://www.myspace.com/thepunchlineny

Re: Interpreters 3, I have digital copies of Books and Treason. Any others are in a box which I haven't unpacked yet. I moved over a month ago and still haven't finished unpacking! Where/when are you moving?


Rob rlross1765@yahoo.com Tue Jan 10 16:26:55 2006

Hey Trav:

Union, New Jersey. We found a nice, 2 bedroom apartment (just completed renovation) in a quiet suburban neighborhood. It's also only 7 minutes or so by car from my new job (music company I've been with since September).

I know what you mean about unpacking. I still have (if you need them):
Try Try Try, Colours Fly Away, Bandy's First Jump, Laughing Boy and I think there's a version of Greatness & Perfection in there somewhere. Thankfully, I know where the cassettes are since all the recording items are in the same box. We officially move on Feb. 13th, so I'm chomping at the bit to get out of here.

Change is good!

Trav tripalot.com/travis Sat Jan 14 07:49:30 2006

[in response to some spam posts]

Hmmm... Okay, so if we keep getting spam I'm gonna have to add some sort of anti-spam measure. For another of my forums, I use a javascript prompt which asks for a (very easy to guess) password. I could do the same here. I mean, make it really easy, like "what is julian's last name?"

What do you think? Which is more annoying: seeing these spam messages or having to type in "cope" every time you post?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Sun Jan 15 08:38:48 2006

Tribute CD - Interpreters Volume 3 - call for songs

Hi guys, I'm trying to get people to send in their tribute songs for Volume 3. I've emailed every potential contributor in my address book. Most of the emails failed. So if you didn't get one, then I probably have your old email address.

If you've ever been interested in contributing, please let me know whether you can contribute! You can post on here or use my contact page if you don't have my recent email address.

As for a dealine, it all depends on how many songs we get. I suspect that it'll take at least a month or two to collect enough songs to fill up a 75 minute CD. And I still need to record my contribution(s) too. :) So, maybe a tentative "deadline" of, um, sometime this Spring? If we start getting lots of songs I can tighten up the deadline.

Thanks a ton!


Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Jan 23 07:01:31 2006

Tribute CD - Details

Here's some brief details on how I plan to handle Volume 3:

I've been encouraging people get me an mp3 either via email or by pointing me to a website. You can also send in a WAV file on a CD, or I can download a WAV file from a website or ftp site. Emailing a WAV file isn't practical.

When I receive the song, I'll upload its mp3 to the Volume 3, and then request the following info from the band (which will be posted to the Contributors page):

1) who played what instrument
2) a short (1-2 paragraph) bio
3) contact info - email, www, phone, snail mail, whatever

Later, when I have enough songs to fill out a CD (I think we're at the 2/3 or 3/4 point now), I plan to:

1) master and sequence the CD
2) design the CD label
3) burn / print a bunch of copies
4) send a copy to each band
5) decide how to distribute copies to the non-contributors

#5 is going to be the tricky bit, since I don't want to get in trouble by selling unauthorized tribute CDs. I can't do it for free, though, b/c that's a drain on my money/time. So I've been thinking of including a tribute CD as a "freebie" when people buy a Tripecac CD. That'll ease my conscience, and will allow people who order to get 2 CDs for the price of 1. Win-win, I think.

Make sense?


Eric S. Reitz ereitz@gate.cia.edu Mon Jan 23 12:23:36 2006

Crap, don't mind that previous post.

Trav, you might want to take a look at something like www.albumunderground.com (no, I don't work for them). It's an up and coming site similar to emusic, etc. where people can download albums and artists can essentially hawk their products. Very small right now, but who knows where it may go. You could have them represent Tripecac or this Cope tribute CD.

Eric S. Reitz

Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Jan 23 13:02:04 2006

Eric, thanks for the info.

I'm DIY when it comes to Tripecac, and the tribute CD is probably not [legally] sellable! However, other artists on here might benefit from that site. Thanks again!


Ri ri@dolphinspirit.org.uk Wed Jan 25 06:23:09 2006

Hi, haven't posted here before, but wondered if anyone would like 2 tickets to see Julian at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, on 19th February, 2006. They are standing ticket no's 50/51. Unfortunately, I can no longer make it, but don't want the tickets to go to waste. They were 16.50 each, but I will sell the 2 for 25, by paypal. Anyone interested, please mail me.



Dee dymphna.terzoli@hotmail.com Tue Feb 7 16:26:32 2006

JULIAN COPE PLAYS KOKO IN CAMDEN LONDON - Extra tickets have just been released!! Call 0870 432 5527 or go to www.koko.uk.com

Andrew info@trampolene.ca http://www.trampolene.ca Thu Feb 9 07:18:36 2006

KOKO and Trampolene (a Julian Cope web site) is pleased to offer you the opportunity for you win your way onto the guestlist at Julian Cope's upcoming show at KOKO, London on Thursday, February 16, 2006, by answering one simple question!

To enter, visit:


Fill out the form, with your answer to the all important skill-testing question and hit submit. The deadline is 6 pm GMT on Tuesday, February 14. All correct entries will be put into a suitably Cope-esque style hat and the lucky winner will be notified via email and/or telephone.

KOKO is located at:
1a Camden High Street
London NW1 7JE

Good luck!

Trav tripalot.com/travis Fri Feb 10 13:09:09 2006

The new Shriekback album (Cormorant) is pretty cool. It's got moody slow songs but also really dancy tracks. The overall tone is very dark, but not depressing. I like it much better than Naked Apes and Pond Life.

Anyone else here a Shriekback fan?


Kevin Williamson williamson7466@hotmail.com Sun Feb 19 15:47:50 2006

Hello all, I saw the Cope live in Nottingham last night. First time since "an audience with" in 2001. He totally rocked, it was a great (cumbersome) show.
Seeing him again has re-awakened my interest in Julian/TX, which has led me to this site. I wasn't aware there were tribute cd's out there, are these still available? If they are how do i go about getting hold of them? Cheers, Kev.

Trav tripalot.com/travis Sun Feb 19 17:58:05 2006

There are tribute CDs, but I don't sell them anymore. I haven't mailed any out in a couple years.

Fortunately, you can download the mp3s from the "tribute" pages:


Once of these days I'll put nice, printable covers online too.


Trav tripalot.com/travis Sun Feb 19 17:59:14 2006

Eek, that last link (volume3) didn't work, for some reason. sorry!


Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Feb 20 06:54:32 2006

Here's those links again:


Hopefully, the forum logic is fixed now.


J alchemist@screaming.net Tue Feb 28 09:58:38 2006

There's a fine recording of Cope's Glasgow show available to download.


Eric mypaganass@gmail.com Tue Feb 28 10:01:52 2006

Additionally, you can download the MP3s from here:


A hell of a lot faster than the six hours it took me to download the bitorrent!


PS What an amazing sound on that recording!

Trav tripalot.com/travis Tue Feb 28 10:07:34 2006

Awesome, thanks! I grabbed the mp3 version. I assume the torrent is higher quality audio?

Eric mypaganass@gmail.com Tue Feb 28 10:11:51 2006

Yeah, but when it's a live recording you can't tell the difference between bitrates, to be honest. You're fine with the MP3s.

Trav tripalot.com/travis Tue Feb 28 15:39:27 2006

[in response to some more spam posts]

Hmm. Spam. Not cool.

Okay, when I next archive this page, I'll add an anti-spam measure. This means asking a question (in javascript) when we post. Hopefully that'll deter the spammers. It seems to have worked on my roguelike games site.

I'll probably ask something really simple, like "What is Julian Cope's first name?" Well, maybe not that easy. I can make it tougher if the spammers get through.


Trav tripalot.com/travis Thu Apr 6 12:54:47 2006

I added mini-reviews for Rite Bastard and Concert Climax. You can see them on the reviews page, or just go here:


So far I really like Rite Bastard, but Convert Climax is kinda boring. Anyone else think Cope's best with zipped lips these days?


nick nick@thedharmahouse.com Fri Apr 21 10:27:54 2006

hiya all! I was wondering if anyone has the lyrics and chords to Upwards at 45 degrees? could they could send them to me at nick@thedharmahouse.com
big thankyou!
nick x

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Trav tripalot.com/travis Mon Jul 31 14:50:16 2006

[in response to some more spam posts]

Hmm, that spam stuff is getting annoying!

To make up for it, I revamped the Reviews section. The background colors had been indicating the release type (live, studio, compilation, experimental). Now they indicate my like/dislike of each release:

grade A = green
grade B = greenish yellow
grade C = yellow
grade D = orange
grade F = red

I also tweaked the wording of some of the reviews a bit.

Anything new in Cope-ville for y'all?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Aug 23 07:09:49 2006

Hi guys! I've added "spam filtering". I did this by asking a question whenever you hit the POST button. The question is really easy. Try it! :)


Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Aug 23 07:11:25 2006

Oh yeah, I also archived the old page, and removed the spam posts from it.

How's life out there for you guys?

I've been looking for Cope mp3s on mp3 blogs, but the most I've found is a couple of Teardrop Explodes videos.

Do you know of any good mp3 blogs (ideally, ones that have some Cope mp3s)?


Trav tripalot.com/travis Wed Aug 30 13:05:02 2006

All right, yet another update... This one is a biggie. Kinda earth-shattering in terms of Rail On... heh, heh... Okay, enough dramatics, here's the news:

I've created a forum to replace Rail On.


Well, mostly it's to prevent spam. I also want to be able to put all the Tribute CD related posts in one topic, the Site-related posts in another topics, etc. Also, it'll be nice to have a decent search feature... And a notification feature which doesn't confuse people. And the ability to delete double-posts instantly instead of waiting for the next archive. And so on.

There's lots of technological advantages to upgrading to a real forum.

The downside is that Rail On will lose its unique "flavor". It will become more like the Head Heritage forum (which I find a little hard to use and very rambly). Oh well.

So anyway, here's a link to the new forum:


I'll add a permanently link to it in a few days, once I find a way to get a cleaner url for it. But it's live now, so you can register and start posting.

I've tried to make the color scheme similar to the rest of the Cope site. Hopefully the change won't be too jarring.

Feedback is welcome!


Rail On #28

2005-05-25 to 2006-08-30