The two former bandmates would maintain a frequently antagonistic rivalry from then on, often carried out in public or in the press. Drawing on a post-punk version of West Coast pop music which gained the nickname of "bubblegum trance" , the band became part of a wave of neo-psychedelic Liverpool bands. Excessive drug use plus continued infighting undermined the band, and a final lineup of Cope, Dwyer and Balfe split apart in after failed attempts to record a third album and a final disastrous tour. Cope, however, has strenuously resisted taking advantage of any nostalgic and commercial opportunities to reunite the band. During this period, Cope befriended a teenage Drayton Bassett musician called Donald Ross Skinner , who became his main musical foil for the next twelve years. Although the album generally retained the uptempo pop drive of the Teardrops, it was also an introspective and surreal work with many references to childhood.

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Start your review of Krautrocksampler Write a review Apr 10, Drew rated it it was amazing I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to read this book at all. I had an absolute blast reading this book. If Reynolds is comparable to Greil Marcus, then Cope is more like Lester Bangs, filling every page of his book with overbrimming enthusiasm and out-of-control stream of consciousness rants about all of the great Krautrock records he grew up listening to.

Cope explains how "Krautrock", far from being the derogatory term many have taken it to be, was actually a self-created label jokingly applied to their own records by many bands of the genre--Faust even going as far as calling the opening track on their fourth album "Krautrock.

He further details the movers and shakers of the genre, both those who were inextricably linked to one project Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, the members of Can and Faust and those who bounced around from band to band willy-nilly Klaus Schultze, Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Dinger , and tells the hubristic story of Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser and his manipulative power trip as the mastermind behind the Cosmic Jokers.

Above all, Cope expounds gloriously upon the merits of nearly every album he mentions, creating within his reader an insatiable urge to hear them all with such sentences as: "What the hell is going on in that song?

Something scary is implied but the meaning always eludes me. That was just an excuse to be a fat slob. That was just an existentialist knee-jerk. These freaks were fit. They were here to go. But all in good time. I tried so hard not to get out of control, not to toggle constantly between the. Rest assured, I will eventually buy many of these albums the Can and Neu! But it is a relief to get to hear them right now, and even more of one to discover that Mr.

Cope is almost always justified in his effusive praise. This truly is a musical genre inhabited by an embarrassment of riches. And there is no better book to read in order to get excited about discovering all of them. Check this thing out--but try to avoid getting soaked on Ebay in the process. Some judicious Googling will work wonders.


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