Julian Cope

Sunshine Playroom

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"Sunshine Playroom" ranks as one of Julian Cope's better singles. It has drive, muscle, '70s soul-inspired string flourishes and a textbook, rocking drum break. The fact that it failed to make a significant dent in the U.K. charts shouldn't worry anyone, and fans of Cope will be pleased to find a few other excellent (and hard to find) cuts on the Sunshine Playroom EP. "Wreck My Car" crashes onto Side One at a furiously rapid tempo (and with equally frantic guitar work), while Side Two's "Hey High Class Butcher" takes a more experimental approach by layering faint mechanical percussion, tape loops and whispered, spoken and sung vocals in a psychedelically charged, trance-inducing space out. Though both of these tunes are great finds for fans and collectors, the EP's best offering may be "Eat the Poor." Sharing "Wreck My Car"'s manic beat and guitar propulsion, "Eat the Poor" trumps that tune with a weird but endearing chorus, as well as some fantastically over-the-top, Rock God hollerin' by Cope. It's tough to find, but this EP is worth seeking out for the chance to spin these solid tunes.

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