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Julian Cope - Jehovahkill.jpg
Studio album by Julian Cope
Released 8 December 1992
Genre Post-punk
Length 69:53
Label Island
Producer Julian Cope, Donald Ross Skinner
Julian Cope chronology
Peggy Suicide
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]

Jehovahkill is the eighth album by Julian Cope, released in 1992.

The album cover depicts the Callanish Stones, a site with a cruciform layout that predates Christ by at least 2,000 years.[6]


In 1992 Cope delivered his eleven-track Julian H. Cope album to Island Records.[7] Its "dark and challenging"[7] content was not well-received, with Cope's A&R man going as far as to describe "Slow Rider" as "the worst song he'd heard by anybody in his life".[7] According to Cope, the "results were certainly more sonically imbalanced and experimental" than anything he'd previously achieved.[8]

Island refused to issue the album.[7] When Cope explained that it was what he'd set out to achieve and "would prefer to stand or fall by the results"[8] he was allowed additional recording sessions. Although the existing content remained almost untouched, the album, re-titled Jehovahkill, was "ameliorated" with six further songs, including "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fine", "The Mystery Trend" and "No Hard Shoulder To Cry On".[7]

Within a week of the album's release, Island dropped Cope claiming, "his critical appeal is on the up but his commercial appeal is dropping",[7] the dismissal causing unexpected outrage in the music press.[7] In 2006 a "Second Edition" was released, containing material from Julian H. Cope and the Fear Loves This Place EP, including the Dictaphone-recorded "Nothing".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Julian Cope, except where noted. 

Phase 1
No. Title Length
1. "Soul Desert"   3:53
2. "No Hard Shoulder to Cry On"   2:44
3. "Akhenaten"   2:52
4. "The Mystery Trend"   4:17
5. "Up-Wards at 45°"   5:46
6. "Know (Cut My Friend Down)"   3:19
Phase 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Necropolis"     4:40
8. "Slow Rider"     2:18
9. "Gimme Back My Flag"   Cope and Skinner 5:33
10. "Poet Is Priest..."   Cope and Skinner 6:23
11. "Julian H. Cope"     2:49
Phase 3
No. Title Length
12. "The Subtle Energies Commission"   7:49
13. "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fine"   2:25
14. "Fear Loves This Place"   4:16
15. "The Tower"   10:23
16. "Peggy Suicide Is Missing"   0:42

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1992) Peak
UK Albums Chart[9] 20


  • Julian Cope – vocals, wah wah guitar, bass
  • Donald Ross Skinner – guitar, bass
  • Rooster Cosby – guitar, drums, saxophone
  • Hugoth Nicolson – synthesizer, mixer
  • James Dowdall – Executive Producer


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Peggy Suicide". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Martin, Gavin (December 2006). "Julian Cope Jehovahkill Deluxe Edition". Classic Rock. p. 100. 
  3. ^ DiMartino, Dave. "Jehovahkill". Entertainment Weekly. January 1993. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ Columnist. "Peggy Suicide". Q. October 1994. p. 135, cited 7 October 2012
  5. ^ Columnist. "Peggy Suicide". Rolling Stone. May 1991, cited 7 October 2012
  6. ^ Johnstone, Andrew (2010). How the Neolithics Influenced Rock 'n' Roll. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-4461-9138-5. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Houghton, Mick (2006). "The JEHOVAHKILL Story". Booklet accompanying 2006 CD release. 
  8. ^ a b Cope, Julian (2006). Booklet accompanying 2006 CD release.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Julian Cope - Jehovahill". Retrieved 7 October 2012.