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2 Oct, 2012

1995 - Julian Cope - 20 Mothers (Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness) (CD, Album)

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Wedding Decor. So when I stepped into Dada records in the heart of Perth there were many Cope records just sitting there from when they were released. I think the owner cottoned on and one day in 20 Mothers appeared in the racks and it was mine. It's a beautiful pressing - swirling purple vinyl, paper inner sleeves and a gatefold housing both discs that features Cope gurning along with dozens of women with their partners and kids, no doubt they were all from near where he was living.

So, inspired by the D. As the neo-psychedelic band's frontman from , Cope belonged to a group of Northern mavericks who set off the second musical revolution to come straight outta Liverpool within twenty years. With his dusky voice and unpredictable behavior, he quickly established himself as a strong-willed, charismatic performer with an apocalyptic vision.

But after only two studio albums, the Teardrops exploded. Ten years later and with the beginnings of a solo career already behind him, Cope, recounted those dizzying years in his memoir, Head-On. By that time, he'd already released a load of confusing solo albums, including World Shut Your Mouth and most notably Fried. Though still dabbling in neo-psychedelic sounds as a solo artist, Cope himself was drowning in hallucinogens and his music and image reflected his experimentation--for better and sometimes, worse.

On the album cover for Fried, he appeared to be crawling, naked, shielded only by a tortoise shell. The image created a feeding frenzy in the British press and solidified his reputation as that of King Loony. Even his record company began to have their doubts about him, though they allowed him to persevere with less than sales-record-breaking recordings like St.

Julian and My Nation Underground. In , he reorganized for Peggy Suicide, his first in a three part series of albums devoted to endangered Mother Earth. It was around the time of recording the second, Jehovahkill in , that he says he accepted his purpose on earth as a Gnostic, truth seeker, storyteller and modern-day mystic.

In , vanguard label American Recordings picked up Autogeddon; the final album in the eco-terror trilogy; 20 Mothers, a celebration of all things familial, quickly followed. The records were the death knell or a God-send to Cope's 20th Century career in the major label recording arena, though ironically, they include some of the high points in an extensive catalog of excess--proven to be key to his musical and personal development.

In , the techno and psych-driven album, Interpreter, was a culmination of Cope's introspection and explorations of ancient spirituality, mysticism and sacred sites.

The erratic behavior and bitterness he purged in his autobiography now behind him, for part two of his life story, Repossessed published in , he took a more subdued though by no means entirely sane view of his life and career.

Cope retraced his trip to the edge of madness and back again. When I spoke to Cope in , he was in rehearsals for an upcoming American tour. You haven't been to California in a really long time. I'm not coming to San Francisco. I'm living by the Arthurian principle which means that I have to avoid fault lines. Is that really true? I'm affected by cosmic effervescences. But you say in your notes on 20 Mothers that you were going to put the millennium psychoses aside, that it's going to be an easy ride I'm trying to put it aside as much in my songs as I can, but unfortunately it still manifests itself in my everyday life.

Because I'm livin' on the fumes of the mother earth at the moment, it's hard going to America and it's hard going to London. I'm not being a prima donna. I'm going to attempt to do as much as I can. The whole point of the poet or the artist or whatever you want to call him is that he has a duty to get his message to people. I think that the collective magic in B. The stones were so big no one can even imagine it now as magic--because it was a communal effort.

But at the same time, we are in the middle of a very high technological magic which we don't even accept. If archaeologists, using the kind of ideas they use now in years discover car culture, they really won't believe that we could have driven at 80 miles per hour on the motorway with very few collisions.

If you think about that in a rationalist way, it doesn't really make sense. But we think that it can't be magic because we can do it. That's what I term the whole Fordism, the car culture. During the next few hours, she noticed that, slowly, her wax began to flow.

She became aware that she would soon die. With this realization came a sense of why she had been created. Perhaps my purpose on earth is to give out light until I die, she mused. And that's exactly what she did. God created you and I to produce light in a dark world. Like that little candle, we all can produce the same amount of light, no matter how small we are or what color we might be. Readers Comments 8 Comments Add a comment. This ritual is invoke more self-love in your life and to remind you of treating yourself with care.

Requires: 1 small Pink Candle, notepad and pencil Directions: Since Venus rules Friday, this is a great day to an increase my self-love spell. Start by writing down 5 things you absolutely adore about yourself. The point is to remind yourself how awesome you are. Once you are feeling all warm from your awesomeness, then go ahead and light your candle.

You can do so aloud or in your mind. As usual, express your gratitude for the reminders you will see every day and for the strength to be kind to yourself. Let the candle burn down or repeat the ritual again the following Friday. If you repeat, just keep adding to your list. Have fun making your own damn magic!

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"20 Mothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 October "Presents 20 Mothers". Retrieved 7 October 20 Mothers is a album by Julian Cope. The sub-title is "Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness". All tracks.

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  1. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of 20 Mothers (Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness) on Discogs/5(37).
  2. 20 Mothers is the twelfth solo album by Julian Cope, released in August by Echo. The album's sub-title is "Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness". It was well received by the critics and reached number 20 on the UK Albums Indie rock, folk, electropop.
  3. Title on spine: "Julian Cope Presents 20 Mothers (Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness)" All songs published by Chrysalis Music © except Track 20 which is published by EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. BMI, © Promotional copies of this were issued with a gold stamp over the cover art. Barcode and Other Identifiers4/5(10).
  4. Subtitled: "Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" (P)&(C) CE KAK Limited under exclusive license to the Echo Label Limited. Made in the EC. Distributed by BMG. A Bertelsmann Music Group Company. With a 12 page booklet4/5(36).
  5. Subtitled: "Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" (P)&(C) CE KAK Limited under exclusive license to the Echo Label Limited.4/5(1).
  6. Subtitled: "Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" Julian Cope: 20 Mothers ‎ (CD, Album) American Recordings: CK US: Echo: ECHCD5: UK: Diese Version verkaufen: ECHCD 5: Julian Cope: 20 Mothers (Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness.
  7. Cassette 2 Julian Cope - Saint Julian. Cassette 1 Julian Cope presents 20 Mothers - Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness. THIS LOT: 2 .
  8. The thing is, that's why on 20 Mothers it says 'Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.' I think you've got to start somewhere. You have to confess to yourself, 'What am I guilty of,' and then say, 'I'm guilty of all these things that I can't get 'round.' I'm not pointing fingers at anybody, other than .

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