20 Mothers

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20 Mothers
Julian Cope - 20 mothers.jpg
Studio album by Julian Cope
Released 28 August 1995
Genre Indie rock
Length 71:34
Label Echo
Producer Julian Cope
Ed Stasium (additional production on "Try, Try, Try")
Julian Cope chronology
Autogeddon
(1994)
20 Mothers
(1995)
Interpreter
(1996)
Singles from 20 Mothers
  1. "Try Try Try"
    Released: 31 July 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

20 Mothers is a 1995 album by Julian Cope. The sub-title is "Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Julian Cope, except where noted.

Phase one
No. Title Length
1. "Wheelbarrow Man" 3:02
2. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" 2:35
3. "Try Try Try" 3:27
4. "Stone Circles 'n' You" 1:48
5. "Queen-Mother" 3:30
6. "I'm Your Daddy" 2:13
Phase two
No. Title Length
7. "Highway to the Sun" 6:14
8. "1995" 3:47
9. "By the Light of the Silbury Moon" 2:13
10. "Adam and Eve Hit the Road" 2:05
11. "Just like Pooh Bear" 3:41
Phase three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Girl-Call"   4:23
13. "Greedhead Detector" Cope, Donald Ross Skinner 3:49
14. "Don't Take Roots"   2:13
15. "Senile Get"   3:37
16. "The Lonely Guy"   4:42
Phase four
No. Title Length
17. "Crying Babies Sleepless Nights" 3:35
18. "Leli B" 3:14
19. "Road of Dreams" 6:05
20. "When I Walk through the Land of Fear" 5:26

Poetic notes[edit]

The album includes a booklet with descriptions of the music and a number of poems:

  1. "Never mind the Bollocks, Here's the Clerics"
  2. "Glow in the Dark Earth"
  3. "Seer/Sucker"
  4. "Strong as the Goddess risin'"
  5. "The Earth Is the Pearl of the Universe"
  6. "Cateclysms"
  7. "The Pope is the Wholly Ass of God"
  8. "One day the gods came calling"
  9. "The Big Syringe"
  10. "Post-Feminist Cocksucker"
  11. "Show Me a Snorer & I'll Show You an Explorer"


Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1995) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[2] 20

Personnel[edit]

  • Julian Cope – vocals, guitar, bass, mellotron, production
  • Mark "Rooster" Cosby – drums, percussion
  • Michael "Moon Eye" Watts – guitar
  • Thighpaulsandra – synthesizer, piano, string arrangements, recording
  • Dorian Cope (credited as "Mavis Grind") – second lead vocals on "Road of Dreams"
  • Donald Ross Skinner – omnichord on "The Lonely Guy" & "Senile Get"
  • Terry Edwards – saxophones on "Wheelbarrow Man", trumpet on "Road of Dreams", horn arrangements
  • Danny Thompson – double bass on "1995"
  • James Eller – bass, moog on "Try, Try, Try"
  • Steve Ferrera – drums, bongos on "Try, Try, Try"
  • Ed Stasium – 12-string guitar, additional production, mix on "Try, Try, Try"
  • Martin Schellard – conductor on "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
Technical
  • Shaun Harvey – additional recording on "Crying Babies Sleepless Nights" & "Girl-Call"
  • Jill Furmanovsky – sleeve photography
  • Bruce and Mark @ Design by Green Ink – design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "20 Mothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Presents 20 Mothers". chartarchive.org. Retrieved 7 October 2012.