Cope gives Trades their just reward

Julian Cope, 2011
Julian Cope, 2011

DOES anyone give a show quite like Julian Cope?

Well, here’s your chance to find out as the grade-A pop visionary makes a rare trip to Yorkshire playing classics from across his hit studded career at the Trades on Friday, October 28.

He made his name as a twisted pop maestro with Liverpool’s Teardrop Explodes, making typically eccentric appearances on Top of the Pops performing top ten hits ‘Reward’ and the brass driven ‘Treason.’ He followed that with cracking material on albums like Fried, Autogeddon, Peggy Suicide and more, and another pop hit with ‘World Shut Your Mouth.’

Cope has deliberately turned away from the mainstream music scene exploring his life long love of psychedelia and Krautrock as well as a dizzying array of side projects. More recently, he spent eight years researching his tome ‘The Modern Antiquarian’ indulging his passion for stone circles and other ancient British monuments.

“The Trades has been badgering one of pop’s greatest songwriters and eccentrics for months, and we’re stunned he has finally caved in,” says ents manager Mal Campbell.

“His recent shows have featured classics from all points of what is without doubt one of the most challenging careers in British pop, and his contempt for what he says are ‘greedheads’ fits in perfectly with our values.”

Tickets - likely to sell fast - are £19 available from the Trades Club on 01422 845265, or from Jumbo Records, Leeds. Doors open at 8.30pm.