Tired of all the Brit pop on this list
Kilimanjaro is the debut album by the neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, released on 10 October 1980. It contains versions of the band's early singles – "Sleeping Gas", "Bouncing Babies", "Treason" & "When I Dream" – as well as their biggest hit, "Reward". The album also includes the song "Books" – originally a song by Julian Cope's previous band, The Crucial Three, it was also recorded by Echo & the Bunnymen (as "Read it in Books", released on the B-side of their debut single, and featured on some versions of Crocodiles). In 2000, Q magazine placed Kilimanjaro at number 95 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. The original working title for Kilimanjaro was Everyone Wants to Shag the Teardrop Explodes (this was later used for the CD release of demos for the band's never-finished third album). When originally released, the album featured a shadowy photograph of the band on the sleeve, but this was later changed to a cover showing Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain after which the record was named. When the album was subsequently released on CD the cover artwork reverted to the original. In 2000, Cope gave his blessings to re-release Kilimanjaro with a selection of bonus tracks (mainly single B-sides), original artwork, a remastered sound, and full lyrics and essays. A deluxe 3-disc edition followed in 2010, including original singles, B-sides and radio session recordings.
Tired of all the Brit pop on this list
I adore The Teardrop Explodes, and this album does NOT disappoint. Yet another record that proves how lovely that 80s new wave music from the UK was, and how much in influenced some of today's best indie music. Can't choose fav songs on Kilimanjaro but Poppies In The Field is a really cool one that stands out. The record just keeps rollin' with good vibes with their own alt flavour, full of danceable beats and solid vocals-n-songwriting. AND HORNS! :)
Yesterday, we received our tenth album, and second David Bowie album. At that rate, we could be looking at 200 Bowie albums on this list. I trust that isn't possible, but we will see. Today is a band/album I've never heard of; no Stuarts, but it is British. Seven of our eleven albums (64%) have come from UK artists (including Belle & Sebastian in Scotland). I think that qualifies as a British Invasion, or maybe even Occupation. But if the music's good, bring it on. Today, the music's good. I like this album. It's 1980, but somehow sounds post-new wave. There are traces of that pop style buried throughout this sort of psych rock. I wish they had committed more to the psychedelic elements, but I still like this one. Favorite tracks: Second Head, Poppies, Use Me. Album art: a simple band photo. I like it though, the colors look nice and go with the title text. Wikipedia shows an alternative cover featuring zebras and Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. I'd give that cover an edge over this one. 3/5
Après Travis, revoilà un de ces groupes qui veut absolument nous faire bouffer du français pour nous attendrir… La limite de cette stratégie est la suivante : tomber sur un vrai Français qui doit se coltiner quatorze couplets à la con dans une langue totalement inconnue du chanteur. Personne parmi leur entourage ne leur a signalé l'horrible faute d'orthographe contenue dans le titre de la chanson en question ? Quel amateurisme… J'ai globalement beaucoup aimé l'album même si j'en ai détesté une bonne partie. J'attends donc de voir ce que ces andouilles auront dans le ventre sur le long terme.
Julian Cope is a rad dude. Some great riffwork in this, and nice guitar tones. The whole album just feels very... tense. Paranoiac pop grooves. I don't know how much acid was floating around when they recorded (I think a lot), but there is something very bad-trippy about the songwriting. Love "strange house in the snow".
I had overlooked these guys when they first came out (maybe their records never made it to Sudbury?) and Julian Cope didn’t really catch my attention later – he reminded me of Morrisey at that point. Too bad because I would have been all over this album in 1980. The songs are very driving & melodic, I like the sequence of six tracks that begins with Treason, and the intermittent brass section is cool and not something you hear much in a post-punk band. I could see myself dancing to Second Head, which sounds like it could be a Stranglers song. Top Drawer Stuff 9/10
Great album! Like if Joy Division made more poppy songs.
First of all, how is this album post-punk? It's full of pop and dance with heavy synths; those are the defining features of New Wave. It doesn't help that the intro track has the heaviest synths, giving off the wrong impression but also pulling people in. I guess it's too close to the punk formula and not as experimental. Second of all, screw this list for giving me so many post-punk and synth albums. It specifically caters to my tastes. I don't think they're influential or outstanding but yet I love them and it's very hard for me to criticize harshly. This is a psychedelic twist to the New Wave formula, utilizing mostly synth effects to achieve an eery psychedelic sound. The most obvious is that reverse effect in "Poppies in the field" but if you listen closely you can hear it all over the album. The organ and horns in several songs also helps in such effects, clearly influenced by their usage in several 60s psychedelic rock albums. The lyrics are non-sensical like New Wave but more surreal. There's purposeful and heavy repetition that I don't get tired of but makes the tracks simultaneously danceable and trippy. Can't say I hated any of the tracks, but I admit they weren't immediately discernible until I listened closely and was able to pick up what I liked about each of them. "Treason" is the catchiest and most polished, at a couple points giving off David Byrne vibes. If you want to convince yourself this is a psychedelic album, "Thief of Baghdad" is the perfect example of how psychedelia and synths could blend together seamlessly. I admit most of the other songs just feel like psychedelic influence. The ending track "When I Dream" is one of those catchy songs you hate to love. Goes on forever, but I never get tired of it, and is a great way to end the album. Finally, I want to include the bonus track: their best-selling single "Reward" is a great song on its own and should be included despite not fitting in too well with the psychedelic album theme. Maybe move it earlier in the album cause that closing track is the perfect way to end the album.
Terrific New Wave album from the iconoclastic Julian Cope, who writes insistent and urgent music which is also catchy. The production dazzles and the throbbing bass, whirling organ and stabbing horns give the tracks an energy and bounce. A highlight from the eighties. BONUS : I don’t normally include singles that were later tacked on to the original album release because they were a hit but I couldn’t finish without acknowledging how brilliant Reward is, one of the tracks of the decade.
Dammit. More crappy 80s music. It's post-punk so there's that but it's still full of bloopy synths, over-stylized vocals, horn solos... all the crap I hate about the era. The wiki calls this "neo-psychadelic" and I think that's a load of crap. It's just an excuse for repetitive keyboard parts that never go anywhere. I'm pretty sure this album is only on here because the band was fronted by Julian Cope and brits love to tell people that they love Cope. Also Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen. But, honestly, it's not an awesome album by any stretch of the imagination. There's nothing particularly ground-breaking in the musicality or the lyrics. It's sorta dancable, though? I bet this was big in the early 80s underground clubs in Liverpool...
I halfway expected this album to be various jazz covers of Toto's Africa given the title and cover art, honestly I probably would have liked that better than what I got. This is a pretty sub-standard british new-wave album. It's very uninspired. I really don't have much to say about this album. Its pretty boring and quicky faded to the background. I didn't find any qualities that would lift this album above any others.
80s British Pop that sounds indistinguishable from any other 80s British Pop.
Kinda bollocks mate innit
Musically this wavers between quirky fun and repetitively dull. There are a few songs on here I’d probably like a lot if not for the singer, but unfortunately this album just goes to prove that I do NOT like it when a Man sings Like That
Really enjoyed this album. Definitely felt like an early pioneer of the pop punk sound and I’m all here for it.
Great psychedelic new wave debut from 80's Britain. Liked the sound. Amazing!
I WAS A BOUNCING BABY
Hard to see why this wouldn't be 5 stars as it's pretty perfect from start to finish. Only the horns sound occasionally dated.
Drums are great, guitar work is unexpected sometimes. Best of these British punk-ish albums so far.
Awesome really got my grooving
I enjoyed this album from start to finish. This neo-psychedelic post-punk record is intensely layered and melodic. It has a frenetic energy to it that borders on the claustrophobic creating a simmering and explosive record.
Another surprising album. I liked this one quite a bit. It wasn't perfect, but I really enjoyed it. 4.5/5
Another new one to me, I pretty much immediately liked it. Sleeping Gas devolved into such a chaotic mess of organ and horns. Did a little research; Julian Cope got his start here, that's cool. Yeah, this album was pretty rad. Will definitely listen again.
A post-punk masterpiece. (4.5)
This is one of those bands I'd heard of but know nothing about. Although as soon as I heard Reward my memory was pricked by one of the great dance numbers. Definitely enjoying the surging bass and drums on Second Head. Then it pops nicely into Poppies which builds very nicely to a satisfying conclusion. When I Dream is a great conclusion to the album with its psychedelic slow fade giving more than just a gentle nod to a certain Liverpool band.
Genius.. the archdrood takes off
This is the good stuff.
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Idk how y’all were hating on this one fr. The guitar riff breaks that follow the choruses on I’m drowning are unexpected but sick. Baseline on second head goes crazy and is a little smiths like. I like how the album is really close to being pop but always has an element or chord progression that makes it darker. The moody lyrics and delivery, bass lines, and guitar riffs definitely influenced a lot of British groups after them. Really solid 4 that I enjoyed a lot but don’t know if it’s quite a 5 for me after 2 listens. Update: fuck it I’m going with a light 5 hopefully this ages well 👍: haha I’m drowning, treason, second head Guess for art rating: 5/10 for og one 6/10 for mountain cover
The original version of this album is awesome. Stands up today much better than a lot of other new wave and post punk records from the period.
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Empezo bien a secas y me fue ganando. De esas bandas de los inicios de los ochentas que terminaron siendo muy influyentes en la música de leyendas latinoamericanas como Soda Stereo y LFC.
This reminds me a lot of The Smiths, another band I never would have listened to if I hadn't been doing this 1001 albums. I like it! Moody melodies and 80s malaise.
Chamber Psych before it was cool by Scouse mad 'ead Julian Cope and co.
I liked it sort of had a ska feel. Some big band sound. Nothing wrong with this one.
Some really good tracks.
lot of adventurous stuff going on and manage to make it sound good. respect.
Good new-wave, psychedelic sound. Must have influenced The Smiths at least somewhat. I will need to give this more listens.
Forgotten cult classic
Cool music Really like(d) it, fun music and like all the instruments 4/5
Best: Second head When i dream Use me
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Ha Ha I'm Drowning, Sleeping Gas, Treason, Went Crazy, Brave Boys Keep Their Promises, Books (much better version of the Echo & the Bunnymen song on Crocodiles), Thief of Baghdad, When I Dream, Reward Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: A surprisingly great pop album from a band called "The Teardrop Explodes". If it weren't for some obtuse lyrics I would've assumed this was some kind of early, experimental Duran Duran. Didn't push all the way to 5 star territory, but still good/great music.
Catchier than I thought it was going to be
Nowdays this pop sounds like pop-rock. And sounds pretty, damn, good!
This one surprised me. I was expecting not to like it based on the band name, album cover, year released, and opening sounds on the first track. But it quickly grew on me and I really liked it by the end. It's sharp, the sounds are pleasing, some of the lyrics are funny.
i like it very much thank you
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A classic of its time!
Really liked this one! Never heard of this band but so similar to a lot of the music I was listening to in 1980.
Strange and semiunknown formation. Very good sound, post-punk and new-wave styles
Far from the best post punk album but it was clear that Inspiral Carpets got a lot of inspiration from these guys! Some great use of the hammond and horns.
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Poppy post-punk with a splash of psychedelia? Don't mind if I do! Reminds me a little of XTC, although I think I prefer XTC on balance. More listens might improve my appreciation though... "You can watch Rafferty turn into a serial" - I have no idea what that means, but it's catchy as hell! 😆 Fave track - "Sleeping Gas" and "Treason" are both stand outs. Liked "When I Dream" a lot too...
Dosta dobar album, zanimljiv, quirky, instrumentalno je zapravo dost dobar. Sviđa mi se sve u svemu. Sleeping Gas, Second Head, Treason, Poppies, Brave Boys Keeps Their Promises...to name a few - odlične. tldr; nije dugačak album, ima 11 pjesama, nijedna loša pjesma, sve su stvari dobre, a i na ovaj album ću se vraćati. Tvrda četvorka!
This is cosmic scouse indie at its best… can hear their influence everywhere.
Enjoyable 80’s jaunt
pós punk de arena com uma personalidade muito forte. pega um pouco dessa veia do echo & the bunnymen mas a melancolia bucólica é substituída por uma energia maníaca, dos melhores discos punk. admito que esse tipo de pós punk não me apetece muito, mas é dificil não amar algo de tanta qualidade. o primeiro álbum dessa lista que eu realmente nunca tinha ouvido falar, fico feliz pela grata surpresa.
I don't know how I missed this band when I was in college.
Wow. I really like this record. It's like a more interesting "The Police." Like, I own Police records and put them on occasionally, and often think "that's not as good as I expected." This record suffers from none of that. I really hope I remember this band the next time I think I want to listen to the Police. Reading about this band I see that they are connected to Food Records (a great Britpop label, I believe) and The Smiths. I can hear all that. Great stuff. I'm inclined to rate this as a 3/5, but since they are better than The Police, 4/5.
7/10. First album in a bit that I'd say I enjoyed, but still not all that inspired.
-I like the guitar and keyboard grooves in "Sleeping Gas" -"Went Crazy" has a cool bassline and catchy chorus -I like the drum/guitar riff in "Bouncing Babies" -Strong 3, Weak 4?
Reward is one of my favourite songs and I enjoyed the rest of the album. 4*
I want to be a fan of The Teardrop Explodes but somehow I always forget that they exist. I do love their music though. Those horns!
You need to ensure you are listening to a version that includes 'Reward' as you can then at least say you have heard this bags before.. and well worth the listen it is too. Yeh, I know of Julian Cope, but didn't know this is where he cut his teeth. File with Dexys as 'an enjoyable rewarding listen'.
I'm really glad I discovered this album via the 1001 albums generator. I never heard of them before and it's amazing stuff. Post-punk, new wave, psychedelic... Everything is there for me to love this record. The synth tones and layers were perfection.
Good blend between a lot of subgenre I like. nice discovery, will get back to it Soon
A wonderful surprise that was! I already knew a song or two, but the whole album was a treat! Great mix of post-punk, New Wave and a little hint of neo psychedelia; a wonderful melting pot.
Great mix of post-punk and new wave. It's really dynamic, most of it sounds playful but there's a subtle eerie vibe that goes through it that I really appreciate. Nice discovery, I'll certainly go back to it.
Awfully good to be so little known. Cope deserved more, though the tunes are quirky and they get a little synthy at times (curse of the '80s). Still, one hears easily how they were admired and imitated -- classic intense New Wave, with some dark humor thrown in.
"Kilimanjaro" is the debut album from the Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes consisting of Julian Cope (vocals, bass), David Balfe (piano, organ, synthesizer), Gary Dwyer (drums) and Alan Gill (guitar). The music is categorized as neo-pyschedelic, post-punk and new wave. Alright. To me, this music has a definite early 80's feel with its use of keyboards, horns and especially the peppy (best word I could think of) tempos and rhythms. I thought this was a really good album. Plus, they have one the coolest band names which is based on a panel caption from a Marvel's Daredevil comic strip. This album has a number of different versions and reissues. I listened the 17-track version with their hit "Reward." The album starts with "Ha Ha I'm Drowing" and its funky bass lines, horns, synthesizers in the background and sort of a chaotic guitar break in the middle of song as the rhythm changes as well. Tempos change a few times throughout. A straight-forward song about relationship troubles. The second song and first single "Sleeping Gas" builds with its guitar, drums and vocals on top of each other creating kind of a paranoia feel. This song reminded so much of "With Sympathy"-era Ministry, which I like. The third song and single "Treason" is maybe my favorite song on the album with a very catchy vocal chorus. Definitely one of the more "poppier" songs on the album. The second half of this album version continues the good songs. The second single "Bouncing Babies" has a psychedelic keyboard/organ melody, changes tempos between verses and is very unique. I think it kind of purposely tries to create an eerie feeling with the music and lyrics about how one becomes more toxic as life goes on. Another single ""When I Dream" continues the pyschedelic keyboards creating kind of a dreamy atmosphere. The previously mentioned "Reward" was the biggest hit on the album. It has a more peppy tempo, adds horns and again has that eerie pyschedelic keyboards and organ going on. A commentary on pop stardom. If you are a fan of the Sirius XM radio station "First Wave" this is right up your alley. I'm a fan so I liked this quite. Some of the songs also sound very similar to Echo and the Bunnymen which probably isn't surprsing given Julian Cope and Ian McCulloch were in a few previous bands together.
The album has that typical 80's sound including the soft echoey vocals. Talking about vocals, or actually lyrics.. I must say the lyrics make it pretty clear it shouldn't be taken too seriously. It makes the vide of the songs pretty mellow which you wouldn't think at first. Here and there you can also hear the influences of psychedelics, it gives the songs/album some wavy 'edges'.
It's very 80's and overall a pretty good album. It goes someplace. Their is a 60's guitar lick in the song HA HA IM DROWNING and very intesting repetitive lyrics in SLEEPING GAS. This album isn't with some duds like TREASON and even though the beat is good in BRAVE BOYS KEEP THEIR PROMISES. I don't think lyric makes the song that. So overall a good album with some small faults
Honestly almost completely blown away by this. This is the missing piece of the puzzle bridging the gap between British psychedelia of the late 60s up to the British rock groups of the 00's. You can clearly hear the sound presented on Kilimanjaro in later British acts like Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs. Some great tracks on this like the opener 'Ha Ha I'm Drowning', 'Thief of Baghdad' and the danceable 'Went Crazy'. Throughout the record is a controlled chaos of synth, organ, drums and erratic vocals, and it works really well! Unfortunately, 'When I Dream' is way too long - at least the version currently on Spotify. I wholeheartedly understand why it was originally cut down.
Cool post-punk/new wave album with some great eerie synth and catchy hooks. Groovy and electric.
Actually better than I thought it would be.
Wow. Is this the Smiths, but fun? Jangle my guitar baby, let’s go!
Fun tracks, very tight band. Lyrics a bit repetitious at times.
There is such a thing as the sound of the eighties, and The Teardrop Explodes probably defined it with Reward. The whole album is about as eighties in feel as you can get, which, given that it was released on 01/01/1980 (apart from Sleeping Gas - the live track at the end on the version I heard from Spotify which is from 1981) is either remarkable prescience on their part or an indication of how much influence they had. Not enough to my taste to be 5 stars for me, but I would not begrudge it 5 from people whose musical taste it fits better.
I was 13 when Kilimanjaro came out. My friend bought the album when it was re-released with “Reward” on the album and the mountain on the cover. I loved all the songs and found that I remembered most of the lyrics as it was playing. Julian Cope was always a bit of an oddity, and even though he was a teenage idol here in Britain, I found him a bit of a pompous ass. I think that’s because he was drug addled at the time. Doesn’t detract from those fantastically clever songs. It would be a solid 3.5 but I’m rounding it up because it was very important to a swathe of British teenagers.
One of the better Marvel adaptations
Kind of crazy to hear the sound of a whole decade of post punk bands in one band/album. Even get a hint of Cyndi Lauper for some reason. Lot's of 80s musicians were listening to these guys in high school.
Unknown artist for me, but it was a pleasant surprise! 80's sound all the way through
I never heard of this band but glad I listend to them because it fit the kind of music I'm into very much the 80s New Wave pop vibe.
This is really imaginative and creative. The production and songwriting is all great. Really evocative
It was a nice slice of progressive pop
Decent album, alternative indie rock
How have I slept on Julian Cope for this long?
This is kind of a strange album, in that it's genre is somewhat hard to place. It bears some similarity to Pelican West by Haircut One Hundred, especially when the horns/sax are playing, but it also feels like a post-punk album at times. There are a lot of different moods here, but it's really good overall. Great music with interesting lyrics and a great voice. I would not be surprised to find out that this album influenced a lot of 80s artists because it feels like the sounds on this album are all over the place in the 80s, but I don't remember hearing a lot of stuff like this that came out earlier than this album 4/5
Honestly underrated and really enjoyable
Pretty good post-punk effort with great songwriting. Quite enjoyable. 7,8/10
How a mountain make this music
Solid album all around. Good vibes and enjoyable listen. Some of the instrumentals are more fun, others are kind of mysterious and moody. Super cohesive and consistent. Out of all the post punk stuff we’ve heard this is probably my favorite. Also just dope that this is a band I’ve never heard of before, it’s fun to discover new stuff I like. I’ll be revisiting. Favorites: treason, poppies in the field, when i dream. MMM: I GO wa bA bA bA bA bA wabadaba ba bA bA bA bA bA babadaba WOAHHHH😮