Personalities | Teardrop Explodes | Seventies | Rock
(Vocal group, 1979–82)
Led by singer/bassist Julian Cope, Teardrop Explodes formed in Liverpool in 1979. Paul Simpson (keyboards), Mick Finkler (guitar) and Gary Dwyer (drums) were the first of many musicians to pass through the band’s ranks. Their brassy psychedelia gained three hits, but the albums Kilimanjaro (1980) and Wilder (1981) inexplicably failed to register. Teardrop Explodes imploded whilst recording a third album in 1982. Soon afterwards, Cope began an eccentrically fascinating solo career.
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