Mystery Solved: The Naming Of Teardrop Explodes and Julian Cope Records.
Above Photo: Showing Julian Cope, Gary Dwyer and Mick Finkler – The Teardrop Explodes play at Eric’s Club, Liverpool (© Hilary Steele).
‘Straight Rain’ (see You Tube link below) was a great instrumental track the Teardrop Explodes used to play at their early gigs. I heard it again recently and, intrigued about the track, I asked the band’s guitarist, Mick Finkler about it.
He said: “It got its title from Andy Courtney, a music journalist at Sounds, who, when we starting up, did a short feature on Liverpool bands. In the same issue of Sounds, he also contributed fictional tracks to a Playlist.”
“In that feature, he came up with two titles of fictitious songs for the Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen. One was called Straight Rain, which subsequently became the name of a Teardrop track.”
“The other was ‘World Shut Your Mouth’, which he attributed to Echo and the Bunnymen – which of course became the name of Julian Cope’s debut solo album and a single in 1984.”
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I’ve added a You tube link to a version of the track, Straight Rain from a Teardrop Explodes gig in Eric’s Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool, which they played in September 1979.
This is the You Tube link: