In 1992 Cope delivered his eleven-track Julian H. Cope album to Island Records. Its "dark and challenging" 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". According to Cope, the "results were certainly more sonically imbalanced and experimental" than anything he'd previously achieved.
Island refused to issue the album. When Cope explained that it was what he'd set out to achieve and "would prefer to stand or fall by the results" 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".
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", the dismissal causing unexpected outrage in the music press. 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".