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Kilimanjaro

The Teardrop Explodes

1980

Kilimanjaro

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

3768

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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5

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! :)

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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.

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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".

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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

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4

Great album! Like if Joy Division made more poppy songs.

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4

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.

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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

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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...

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80s British Pop that sounds indistinguishable from any other 80s British Pop.

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Tired of all the Brit pop on this list

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5

Really enjoyed this album. Definitely felt like an early pioneer of the pop punk sound and I’m all here for it.

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5

Cool discoverment!

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5

Great psychedelic new wave debut from 80's Britain. Liked the sound. Amazing!

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5

top

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5

I WAS A BOUNCING BABY

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5

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.

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5

Drums are great, guitar work is unexpected sometimes. Best of these British punk-ish albums so far.

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5

Awesome really got my grooving

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5

very cool

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5

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.

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4

muy bueno jej

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Chamber Psych before it was cool by Scouse mad 'ead Julian Cope and co.

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4

I liked it sort of had a ska feel. Some big band sound. Nothing wrong with this one.

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4

Some really good tracks.

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4

lot of adventurous stuff going on and manage to make it sound good. respect.

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4

Good new-wave, psychedelic sound. Must have influenced The Smiths at least somewhat. I will need to give this more listens.

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4

Forgotten cult classic

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4

Cool music Really like(d) it, fun music and like all the instruments 4/5

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4

Best: Second head When i dream Use me

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4

Catchier than I thought it was going to be

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4

Nowdays this pop sounds like pop-rock. And sounds pretty, damn, good!

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4

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.

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4

i like it very much thank you

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4

Deze komt al meteen goed binnen!

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4

A classic of its time!

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4

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.

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4

Really liked this one! Never heard of this band but so similar to a lot of the music I was listening to in 1980.

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4

Strange and semiunknown formation. Very good sound, post-punk and new-wave styles

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4

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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4

gillade detta rätt så mycket.

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4

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...

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4

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!

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4

This is cosmic scouse indie at its best… can hear their influence everywhere.

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4

Enjoyable 80’s jaunt

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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.

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4

I don't know how I missed this band when I was in college.

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4

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.

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4

7/10. First album in a bit that I'd say I enjoyed, but still not all that inspired.

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4

-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?

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4

Reward is one of my favourite songs and I enjoyed the rest of the album. 4*

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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!

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4

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'.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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3

Think 80s high energy brit pop, its groovy and fun

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3

“Reward” has always been one of my favorite songs.

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3

Its an okay album but there was nothing that really stood out and that I would come back too 6,4/10

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3

It was good but not great

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3

This album had its moments for me. The overall sound is pretty interesting, but it probably doesn't appeal to everyone. It appealed to me well enough to rate this album with 3 stars.

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3

Not bad, not great, nice weird feel, gotta be in a certain mood for it

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3

My ratings are kind of based off first impressions. This one had some good songs but didn't blow me away on my first listen. Might be a grower.

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3

Solid album. Great 80s vibes went on a bit long though

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3

big 80's feels. Reward is a bop.

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It’s interesting that they have this full bodied sound of what the 80s would be remembered for music wise, but it’s out 1980. Maybe they were ahead of the game, maybe I’m just illiterate

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3

Not that great but some of the songs are quite good

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3

Definitely a bit long, and has a bit of a rockier echo & the bunnymen flair. If i grew up with them, i'd probably like it more. There are some odd ducks mixed in there as well.

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3

Kinda smithsy, but longer and less catchy

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I do not like when I dream nor do I like strange house in the snow but I do really like the album. I love use me and traison.

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3

Good vibes

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3

Sounds somewhat similar to The Swamp thing

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3

Good. Maybe a bit one-note in a few of the songs

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3

Its hard to come up with an immediate reaction to the first two tracks. There is a sense of foreboding in the upbeat jams. Like a dance party in a cave. There is almost like a ghoulish, halloween feeling to this album. See Second Head for reference. I get sort of lost after that song. Thief of Baghdad was pretty cool, I guess? Reward comes and sonically breaks up the languidness of the back half of the album. the bonus tracks i have no idea what to do with.

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3

Right off the bat I like the music on this first track. Honestly, I’m hoping this isn’t a sign that we are going to be getting a majority British bands (especially since this list is British) but this is starting to look like an album I might like. Never heard of them before, The Teardrop Explodes, not my favorite band name but I’m getting those 80’s Duran Duran type vibes with these guys. Sleeping Gas was good too until then end when he kept wandering around. I listen to most of these on Apple Music and there are always some editors notes and for this one it says this band was Liverpool’s most volatile band, barely able to keep a lineup together long enough to put out an album. I think that actually enhances the music because this album is really enjoyable to listen to. Haven’t found any songs to take home with me but as an album its nice background music. Looking at the album cover I bet the minute after the photo was taken the bandmates started fighting. I feel like they just constantly yell at each other but the minute they record they just get to business. Overall this did end up being an enjoyable able to just listen all the way through. I don’t’ think I’ll come back to it but I’m glad I got a chance to listen to more British rock.

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Seltsames Werk - in seinen schwachen Momenten nerven Fanfaren und etwas vordergründig saloppe Synth-Melodien bestimmen das Geschehen; in den starken, sehr hypnotischen Momenten („Poppies“, „When I dream“) ist all das wieder fast vollkommen vergessen und verziehen und der Effekt ist der Zeit entrückte Trance. Dizzy 3.4

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3

Entertaining. Needs further listening to evaluate

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3

Borderline 2/3. Enjoyed it, but cheesey synth horn were fucking gash

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Ponowne spotkanie z brytyjskim punkiem z najglebszych czelusci liverpoolu, a czemu czelusci, bo albumik nie dostepy na spotifaju. gdzie jedynie kompilacje najwiekszych hitow mozna obczaic, wiec sytuacja podobnie jak z peggy suicide, ktore troche temu sie pojawilo i o moje zdziwienie, pan Cope pojawia sie tutaj jako czlowiek frotnu odpowiedzialny za wokale i basika, wiec chcac nie chcac, mozna powiedziec ze poznalem jakis tam fragment orgin story jego tworczosci, bo roznica pomiedzy tymi dwoma albumami jest dosc znaczaca. zwlaszcza jesli chodzi o ich przystepnosc dla sluchacza, liryczna jak i instrumentalna, bo ten album idealnie wpasowuje sie w brzmienie rokowania lat 80, wiec post punkwosoc lub neo punkowosc, szukanie nowego brzmienia dla tego co juz bylo grane. wiec eksperymenty z synthami, mocno basowe brzmienie, do ciekawych pomyslow dochodza jeszcze wstawki pianinkowe obok synthrow, ktore daja dobry kontrast oraz wykorzystanie trabek na kawalkach jak sleeping gas czy haha, im drowning lub went crazy, ktory jest jednym z hajlajtow plyty, a jako ze jest to plyta z wczesnej tworczosci cope, jego druga banda, jesli wikipedia mnie nie zwodzi na manowce, wiec brak tu jeszcze swojego stylu, a raczej granie ktore powinno brzmiec dobrze dla jak najwiekszego kregu sluchaczy, tak samo ma sie sprawa z tekstami ktore sa o wiele bardziej bezposrednie, narracja pierwszo osobowa, dlugosc kawalkow jest takze dosc typowa, bo 2-3 minuty wiekszosc trwa, co tworzy 37 minutowy material o 11 trakach, dlugoscia nadrabia zamykajacy when i dream, ktory najbardziej z calej plyty eksperymentuje z synthami i jest najblizej buublegumowego sounda jakim okresla sie granie tej bandy wsrod zjadaczy ryb i frytkow, z czym jestem sie w stanie zgodzic po przesluchaniu tego traka, ocenialem tylko orginalne wydanie z 1980, chociaz material mial dwa ponowne wydania, to sam cope krytykowal je za sprzedawanie ochlapow pod marka ktora sie sprzeda, wiec raczej nie bede sie zaglebial badanie deluxowych wersji, poza wentem crazy na plejke gdybym mogl, to wrzucilbym jeszcze gumowy traczek lub brave boysow w zaleznosci od plejki, ale jako ze na spotifaju brak plyty i ratowac kolejny raz musialem sie soulseekiem, to zostaje notka tutaj

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Another 80s band I'd never heard of, but enjoyed. Nice 80s indie pop. A very pleasant and enjoyable listen. 3.5/5.

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Some of it sounded like The Jam, with a hint of The Smiths and even Madness. Got a bit too 80s and keyboardy at times. What I'm trying to say is, they're like a shit Keane.

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I started to listen to this yesterday and couldn't get into it. It wasn't that I disliked it, I just wasn't in the mood for it. When I played it today I quite liked it. Julian's a voice reminds me of another artist but I can't quite place it.

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3

Ok

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I wanted to like this more than I did. But it was still a good fresh listen.

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Another totally 80s sounding album, get your flanger and phaser out

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3

I like this kind of music, but it seems like the makers of this list like it a tad too much. We've already had a couple of similar albums that were much better.

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3

Simple and common rock music

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3

It's a good album, I like the sound, but at the same time, it is really repetitive and all the songs sound the same.

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3

7/10

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3

Competent upbeat British New wave. Like a less depressing Smiths or less experimental talking heads. Pretty good, but I bit forgettable. 3/5

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3

Hadn't heard of these guys. Reminds me of the Clash, which makes sense since I don't know much post-punk. A few tracks worth a re-listen.

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3

Middle of the road 80’s

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A high 3. Spent a lot of time on this one, mainly cause I wasn't sure what to rate it - songs I liked were very good and enjoyed it as a whole, but a 4 feels too high Saved: Ha Ha I'm Drowning*, Treason

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3

This was pretty good. Felt sort of like prototypical British 80s music. 3 stars.

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3

Meh, it’s fine. But is it just me or did all the songs have the same speed/drumbeat?

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3

Good new wave, haven;t heard it before. I didn't note much but I would add some tracks to a new wave playlist.

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3

Some half decent tracks as well as the obvious ones

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3

Sleeping Gas, Treason, Poppy are incredible tracks. This is a decent album. Few too many horns. All about the vocalist, his voice is the main attraction.

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Je n'ai que très peu apprecié cette appropriation culturelle que se permet le groupe des Teardrop Explodes, utilisant à intervalle regulier notre belle langue française, dans des phrases n'ayant pas le moindre sens. Si l'on ne maîtrise pas son sujet, il vaut mieux se faire discret. Mais bon, vous me ferez remarquer a juste titre que robgruyère se permet bien de critiquer des albums de musique...

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Typische '80s popmuziek. Klinkt in eerste instantie wel leuk, zoals veel van de artiesten in die tijd. Maar met zo'n heel album klinkt het al snel een beetje als een eenheidsworst. Ik denk dat hun individuele nummers beter tot zijn recht komen op een verzamelalbum. Het nummer "Treason" heeft hitpotentie! ***

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3

Very 80s sounding, but not much inspired

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Very 80s sounding to me, which unfortunately I never quite love. Not bad but not my thing.

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3

This is not my kind of music. It sounds mostly like noise to me.

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3

Ok

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3

Didn't expect too much from this, but it's actually [retty good

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3

What didn't this influence? Getting hints of Blur, Bloc Party, The Fall, structures of Britpop rising here. Perfect for throwing shapes to while waiting for Duran Duran to show up.

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3

its alright, punk styled album with some interesting added influences that can be called psychedelic

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3

very 80s

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First half of the album is promising -reminiscent of the Jam, Gang of Four, at times Blondie and a ska-less Specials, but then it tapers of into songs about bouncing babies and muddled lyrics - it could have been a staple of early 80s post-punk but being overlong and at times half baked lyrics killed that chance. Nice discovery and a fun listen nonetheless

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Skemmtileg plata. Julian Cope skín sínu skærasta.

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3

Meh. Sonido ameno pero todas las canciones suenan igual, ninguna destacó

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3

It’s fun. Singles are brilliant. Quite psych, quite weird, but poppy. I like it.

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3

Pretty um bouncy nervy 80s post-punk type thing with synths and that yeah

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3

Ok…. Jag måste vara ärlig…. De va cheeeelin….

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3

I liked it.

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3

3.5

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3

Básicamente pop.

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3/5

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Ok album. Reminds me of an earlier version of Prefab Sprout.

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3

It’s interesting how so many post-punk/new wave bands from the early 80s sound like variations on the same sound. Not in a bad way…just interesting..

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3

Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. There seems to be a lot of random new wave/post-punk type bands on this list.

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I enjoyed this quite a bit, more than I thought I would. It reminds me a bit of the Stranglers. I'm not a fan of the trumpets, which I actually assumed was a synthesizer at first. But in general this was a solid post punk album. Fave Songs: Poppies in the Field, Treason, Thief of Baghdad, Second Head, Sleeping Gas, Bouncing Babies

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Not essential, but not bad. There are some extremely catchy jams on this record, and some queasy-cheesy moments, too. (6/10) FT: Treason, Brave Boys Keep Their Promises

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Hi- Treason, Went Crazy, Thief of Baghdad, When I Dream Prog-rock/New Wave vibes, definitely sounds British. Pleasant and easy going, with competent vocals and instrumentation. It's definitely got charm and is more interesting during subsequent playthroughs.

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Very 80s, which is not a compliment! Bets song is Reward, which wasn't even on the original version. Enjoyable enough, but not great. Definition of three 🌟 to me!

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Stand out "Poppies in the field". it's another very 80's album that only just sneaks a 3.

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Pas mauvais. Il y a des pièces très intéressante. Un peu trop long, mais la version originale est probablement ok. C'est une époque que je connais très peu et que je suis content de découvrir. Pièce préférée: Treason

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I didn’t mind this but it struck me as fairly typical of its time and genre.

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Teardrop Explodes are one of those bands that I appreciate but have never really gotten into. I can't put my finger on it as they tick all the right boxes for me musically. I found my mind wandering while listening to Kilimanjaro. There are some great cosmic, very English songs on here, Reward is a pop classic. Good album that just didn't capture my attention

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Pretty good for a new wave 80s album. Treason and Second Hand are good songs.

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Never herd of these guys before… The album opens with ha ha I’m drowning an amazing danceable pop rock song theres especially great mental stampeding drum breaks. Sleeping gas is the same sorta thing the instrumentation here is amazing especially the vocals on this one weirdly complement this song quite well. The song can be repetitive but still cool. Treason is an amazing pop song with stunning drumming I’am kinda glad this is there second biggest song according to Spotify! Song four second head has a brilliant bass line that carries this one. There’s also a cool little drum break in this song. Poppies has a cool intro and guitar riff but while I get what they’re trying to say the lyrics aren’t great. Went crazy is alright again great instrumentation and it would’ve felt a bit filler as the songs seem to be doing the same thing but that bridge is great for this song. Next is brave boys keep their promises it’s not slow as such but is one of the slowest songs lacking the multitude of instrumentation on the majority of the songs just being led by drums and guitars for the most part. Yeah it’s a good song. Bouncing babies is a little odd the drums actually do make it sound like it’s bouncing in the ear, not a favourite but certainly unique. Books is a little darker and more aggressive the singer shouts for the most part, the guitars are cool yet quiet and the bass and drums are good two. The best bit is the horns though gives it a great sense of grandness. The penultimate track thief of Baghdad it’s a slower track certainly different from the rest album the chorus is epic the rest of the song is alright but not too special still like it though! The album ends on when I dream it’s alright fairly grand great synths so strong closer I guess. If I didn’t see they were from Liverpool I would’ve honestly thought this was some early form of madchester I like it at moments but there’s quite a bit of filler here too.

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Decent album that has some interesting sounds but overall, over the whole duration of the album, it just doesn't offer enough to justify more than being average

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Just another new wave album.

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Me gustó

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Another band that I was not all familiar with, at least in name, but I guess that is all apart of this album a day thing. Overall the album was alright. It was your standard sounding album from that time. Nothing really stood out to me and again that is because I only give these albums a quick once through. I also didn't read the information behind the album so that probably didn't help. Anyway it is what it is so on to the next album!

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I'm not sure about how "essential" this album is but it is quite fun. Very jammy and grooving and catchy. Definitely something I'd listen to again.

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Guess I'm a real 80s bitch. Totally enjoyed this album. Particularly liked "Poppies," "Books," "When I Dream." I noticed on Spotify, which is my method of listening, has tracked 9.1M plays on the song "Reward" and 85K plays on the album's namesake song "Kilimanjaro." On Spotify there were two bonus tracks that I liked -Traison (C'Este Juste Une Histoire) - Liked them singing in French a lot! - Sleeping Gas (Live at Club Zoo/1981) - Wish I were there! Cover design: what the heck is the guy (second from the left) holding?! Learned the definition of "blighter," which is a term used in "Went Crazy." Can't say I would spin this one on my own, particularly as I never heard of Teardrop Explodes. But would I get up and dance to this...hell, yeah.

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Huh. I knew nothing about this band. I've heard of Julian Cope and maybe heard a song or two by him, but had no idea he was in this band until today. I dug this, though by the end I was getting a bit tired of it. Cool lyrics and melodies and good drumming. This was a cool find and I'll def look more into other songs by them and Cope.

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It was decent, but no tracks particularly stood out to me. I liked it somewhat, though.

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Could've done a bit more with the chord progressions, would had been better if it was a bit fast paced

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Boring. Didn't make it to the end. 'Reward' is the one notable track. 2.3/5.

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I say jajajjajaja bubububub

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Die ersten Takte ließen bereits wieder Schlimmes befürchten, aber dann wurde es stellenweise mitunter so kreativ-verspielt, dass es fast anfing, mir zu gefallen. Für 3 Sterne waren die Songs aber doch nicht interessant genug komponiert, gute 2 Sterne.

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Otro de esos aburridos grupos de los ochenta en los que todo suena a que eran muy buenos músicos y podían haber dominado al mundo pero su música se vuelve casi monótona y cuesta trabajo ver cuál es el mérito para estar en la lista. Gana la segunda estrella nada más porque el bajista sí suena impresionante, pero casi la pierde porque la voz siento que imita a Sting. ¿Qué rayos está abrazando el tipo de la portada?

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1.5| Comenzó todo muy bien hasta que la rola 3 ya era igual a las otras 2, una psicodelia limpia pero no da para mas

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I'm not hearing anything mind blowing on this first listen. Not doing it for me.

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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.

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1.5 | Siempre me emociona cuando sale un disco de alguien que jamás había escuchado. Por verlos y al empezar a escucharlo pensé que quizá era un grupo muy bueno de New Wave que no conocía. Sí es una banda de New Wave, con mucho sonido de Post-Punk y Psicodelia pegados, pero la verdad es que no fueron muy buenos. La influencia de psicodelia al inicio creí iba a ser buena y darle un giro interesante, pero terminó escuchándose como New Wave indistinto al que le pusieron un organito Hammond encima. Terminé sintiendo que se escuchaba demasiado a Interpol. Habrá a quien eso se le haga bueno pero para mí fue se quedo en el arranque. Creí que me iba a enganchar y solo se quedó flotando de fondo (y no de la forma correcta como Eno). Lo más triste es quizá no tengo mucho que decir realmente... Las primeras tres canciones muy bien... Y ya... No le veo necesidad de estar en la lista.

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Iniciadores

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Yikes, another reminder that I’m getting old and certain things just don’t age well. New Gold Dream is of similar vintage but it sounds way fresher and more innovative than this. I really liked Poppies in the field back in the day, but the driving beat that I recalled now sounds muffled and uninspired. The synth keyboard also sounds lame. It was a struggle to get thru the 17 songs on this album

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basic 80s sound

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I can't really explain why I don't like this. I find it just a bit irritating. Maybe too many trumpets.

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Just like talking heads but much much worse

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that was well 80s wasn't it.

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49. Dragões gritam para as baterias de carros presas em bolhas de sabão. Para onde correr no piquenique do Windows? Os pinheiros são altos e as minhas mãos derretem ao sol. Tudo vihihihihihihibra e eu deixo-me escorregar pelas janelas térreas. São 1500 casas habitadas por um semi-careca. Viva a Azambuja caralho!!!! Os putos dormem nos estores a banheira está cheia deslizo e bolhas bolhas bolhas bolhas MotA: Treason "Oh, use your common sense"

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2.0

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Rough synth parts and drowned out vocals harm most tracks on Kilimanjaro, which results in an annoying listening experience. Blending psychedelic elements with playful and energetic melodies is something that was tried here, but not to great succes. It sounds sloppy, unengaging and uninspired, but nothing here is downright awful or insulting. 2/5.

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Not my cup of tea exactly.

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This is a generic 80s album for me. I just don’t get it being something I have to listen to. Forget the music. What is going on with this album cover? The guy on the right is washed out with the bright light. The guy in front of him is leaning forward. Why? And is he grinning? I can’t tell because he is in dark shadows. The guy on the left is staring at us like he’s thinking, “yes you should be scared.” Why? Because he knows what the dude in the back is caressing. Is that a bag of some sort that he is caressing? What is in the bag? I don’t know, but it should scare all of us. The above analysis was much more interesting than the music.

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Largely unremarkable. I enjoyed the title track.

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This album seems to be made of your standard 80s too-much-synth tracks but it was surprisingly more pleasant than I expected. Still not to my taste though...

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This started tolerable and ended up becoming torture as the album drug on. Some individual tracks are okay like "When I Dream" for example but as an album I find it irritating.

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I feel bad for pissing on something from the 80s, but I just don’t get how this is iconic.

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Some okay songs, very 80's, but the title track and afterwards were really bad.

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Europop sound

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Not the most exciting album, but decent. A lot of the songs sound the same so it was difficult to have anything stand out to me. I was surprised to see that this came out in 1980 as it feels more like it would come from the mid-to-late 80's based on its progressive sounds (maybe they were ahead of their time?). The vocalist gives me Clash-vibes, but that might just be because this fits in perfectly with the "post-punk" era of music that was coming up at the time. It's definitely listenable, but I don't have any really desire to come back to this one or explore the rest of their catalog. 2.5/5.

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Medianón.

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Niet zoveel mis mee hoor, ze hebben de pecht dat ze al de zoveelste zijn van dit soort in deze lijst.

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Hmja.....

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80's muso nonsense, with that one banger. The rest of it just doesn't have the funk of ABC or the melody of Tears for Fears. Won't be listening again

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Started interrsting, but it didn't hook me up. I finished listening out of obligation basically.

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Another 80s pop album, which is definitely not my genre.

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Jar jar meesa s8 stoooopid!!!

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Kinda weird 80s new wave stuff

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They sound like Oingo Boingo, but without Danny Elfman's awesome voice. Not a fan. Couldn't even finish.

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This genre isn't really my bad, but I kinda dug this album. It's nothing special in my book, but it was good background music while I worked on some pretty boring shit.

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Kind of a slog. Repetitive and not very interesting, the lyrics are droll. That's unfortunately all I really have to say or even can say about this album.

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Got the idea after a couple of songs.

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Somehow, I was expecting more, but got less. It's not bad, but not really good either. 2/5

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so 80s boo. 2?

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Really can’t figure out why this is supposed to be any good. Most songs are two chords with no direction, followed by two semi-related chords with no direction. Nearly zero variety in sound, instrumentation, or drumming approach. “Reward” is actually pretty good, if you can make it that far. Honestly enjoyed it and added it to my rotation. But it’s not enough to save the album a spot here.

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I find Julian Cope a lot more interesting than many of his records actually play out. Given his interest in krautrock (he literally wrote the book), this si much less krautrock-y than I would expect. Not very motorik,. Not very interesting, or psychedelic. This album made very little impression on me.

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I can usually find something enjoyable, interesting, or at the very least noteworthy about any album. I'm struggling with this one. It has all the elements I would generally quite like, but here I found it all very boring. I'm sure at the time of its release it was quite a new sound and therefore less tedious.

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ouff, les albums sont difficiles ces temps-ci. Un de bon ( pas celui-ci malheurrusemrnr) parmis des dizaines de vraiment moyen. Commence à être un peu difficile. 2.75

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Lots of 80s shlock. Anything interesting is just about ruined by the voice of Julian Cope. Oh no, I guess I won't be welcome in England now. What a pity. Best track: Poppies in the Field

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Not a bad album, just really not my jam.

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Didn't get much from it. I think it was very 80s and maybe I didn't give it the time it deserved.

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Whew. Last time I had an experience like this was at the dentist’s office. Parts of it weren’t unpleasant, but most of it was, in particular the concluding bit, ‘When I Dream,’ which played away far too long (7:14) including a prominent shrill keyboard descant that sounded and kinda felt like a dentist’s drill. And that keyboardist worked on some of my other teeth too throughout this LP, often introducing mildly irritating discordant notes to the melody. I’m generally a fan of this in rock music, so that’s not really the issue. I think it was more keyboardist David Balfe’s tone- whiny, tedious? The ‘horn’ effect on his keyboard on ‘Went Crazy,’ for example, almost got me committed too when my neighbors witnessed me running around the cul de sac howling and gripping my tortured ears. And he returned to the scene of the crime on the very next number, ‘Brave Boys Keep Their Promises,’ which is a song title that is must exist on a recording of a band with the name The Teardrop Explodes, right? But the blame cannot be placed solely on the fingers of Balfe. It’s all for one and one for all on the last three songs. ‘The Thief of Baghdad,’ in particular, sounded like a cellphone recording of any new wave Karaoke night hosted weekly (probably Wednesdays) by your local pub. The band’s occasional forays into a disco/punk territory were… different. The arrangement on the first song, ‘Ha Ha I’m Drowning,’ seemed awkward somehow; however, I did enjoy the second one, ‘Sleeping Gas,’ but for the life of me I’m not sure why. And yes, this is yet another one of those British bands (although not Britpop) that substitutes guitar and keyboard chord progressions for singular note solos. I think bands generally do themselves a disservice when they go in this direction. That said, The Teardrops Explode did play well together. Maybe it’s just that no one in the band has the ability to pull off an instrumental solo? Hey, there’s certainly plenty of other good punk bands who share the same challenge. Vocally, Julian Cope is probably right where he should be, a bit of a mess, often falling flat, but doggedly sneering his way through, one victim at a time. On the aforementioned disco/punk number ‘Went Crazy’ I believe he’s satirizing something or someone. I just don’t know what or who. Oof, then there’s those awful keyboard ‘horns’ again, too. ‘Bouncing Babies’ was the standout, for me, and for some mysterious reason, Balfe’s mostly off putting keyboards worked this time, in part, because of their work alongside these clever vocals: ‘I was a bouncing baby. Now I’m a bouncing bomb. So won’t you come and diffuse me before I kill someone.’ A striking and clever image. As was the one on ‘Second Heart’ when Cope asks ‘How’s your second head? Is it the first one you started off with?’ Unfortunately, most of the rest of the lyrics and music never quite made it to the summit of 'Kilimanjaro.' Not that it wasn’t a brave climb. (Has anyone identified what that lad in the background second from the left is clutching?)

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Pas pire. Ils ont une bonne énergie et quelque belle surprises.

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Neo-psicodelia. Un tostón. Un 2.

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New Wave Emo. tbf, the presence of Julian Cope ought to be warning enough of this...

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My predispositions are pulling at me, but despite a few flourishes, Kilimanjaro isn't carrying very much with its sound. More than listenable once, but confusing: Typicality is not canonicity.

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It is what it is. I think they inadvertently invented the 80s Stock Aitken Waterman sound. So much synthetic horn I thought of Prince Andrew, in a playground, necking Viagra. The lyrics are surprisingly great when you cut through the hideous, compressed, none more 80s production. There's a version of this band that didn't try to be huge that could have recorded an amazing album.

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2.5 / 5. Good album, easy to enjoy. Need to hear more of this one.

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Well played performances , but just not a lot of substance.

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Well what do you know, UK new wave. Nothing standout, sounds exactly like the fucking kazillion other UK new wave albums on the list, no reason for it to be here. 2/5.

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Yuck

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Not my style nor impressed with this album. The only thing I will compliment is the album’s cover. Love the beauty in all animals and this safari setting

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Not a fan

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Niks an

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Couldn’t get through this one.

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Kilimanjaro by The Teardrop Explodes (1980) This project was so desperate. The band couldn’t stay together much less play together. The genre is what might be described as whiny self-destructive Liverpudlian post-punk neo-psychedelic techno bubblegum trance music. The album was released in so many different versions, with each iteration attempting to peddle a successful selection and arrangement of tracks—basically trying repeatedly to package what someone felt were their most marketable singles. The title track “Kilimanjaro” (which would actually be kinda cool if the band could maintain tempo) is not even included on the original release. But, sadly, what can we expect from a band named after a line on a comic strip panel and who were locked in that famous to-the-death rivalry with Echo and the Bunnymen? It’s pathetic. It screams insecurity. And that cover shot is the worst-lit group photo since the American Civil War. The lyrics are illogical phrase conglomerations through which a professional critic (and/or psychotherapist), working very hard, might discern a complaint or two—something about change, resistance to criticism, miscommunication, and the unfairness of being asked if one loves his significant other. Huh? The first thing that jumps out to the serious listener is the amateurish, plastic-sounding synthesizer colorings from keyboardist David Balfe and the uneven timbre and undisciplined pitch of lead singer and egoist Julian Cope, overdubbed whenever he gets in over his head, which is not infrequently—it must have sounded terrible live. The music’s foundations are electronic keyboard-heavy variations on standard chord structures (the band’s new guitarist Alan Gill only appears on four of the eleven tracks, while recently fired guitarist Michael Finkler, appearing on eight of the eleven tracks, hangs out near the back of the mix, in shame or as punishment, I don’t know). Bass lines by Julian Cope span wide intervals, but are as repetitive as the tuba chart in a German oompah band. Oh, and drummer Gary Dwyer is given to dropping tempo at the most unlikely of places, as if either (1) he’s trying to follow Julian Cope, or (2) the drugs are kicking in at unpredictable moments. Please don’t make me listen to this again. 1/5

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Overstylized & boring

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classico album dos anos 80. todas musicas soam iguais, so o tempo que muda. da pra dançar pelo menos. talvez eu gostasse se eu tivesse ouvindo numa pista de dança a 40 anos atras.

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While I love some '80s English synth-laden pop (Duran Duran, Psychedelic Furs, A Flock Of Seagulls), there's a flavor of this genre that does not connect at all. This falls into that latter category, along with groups like Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, and a host of other bands that I sidestepped in my most active era of musical discovery. I had never heard of this band — the name alone would have made me avoid them back in the day — but I went into this hoping to love the album. Alas, not so much. "Second Hand" had a promising bassline, and there were plenty of musical moments that I was enjoying, as immersed in an early-'80s production sound and writing aesthetic as they were. Ultimately, it's the vocalist that made this a one-star rating for me. I was going to give it two, but I was repeatedly turned off by the lyrics, melodies, and choices, and then when "Use Me" came on, that sealed this as a one-star listen for me. Another album I'm glad I listened to, but not one I particularly enjoyed.

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