Teardrop Explodeswas an English band which was formed in Liverpool, England. The group sang Post Punk and Neo Psychedelic music. They got their name for the group out of a Marvel Comic book. The band was formed by Julian Cope (singer and bass player) who was a former member of the group called, Crucial Three. Other members of the group were Mick Finkler (guitar), Gary Dwyer (drums), and Paul Simpson (keyboard). Bill Drummond was their producer and they signed with their record label, Zoo.
The group released their first single in February, 1979, and called it Sleeping gas. Shortly after that, Paul Simpson left the group and was replaced with David Balfe, who is the co-owner of Zoo records. The group toured around Liverpool and slowly gained popularity. Cope fired Finkler while they were recording their debut album, Kilimanjaro. He was replaced by Dalek Alan Gill. The album was a moderate success and reached number 24 on the British pop charts. The group reached their height of popularity in 1981. Their song, Reward, reached number 6 on the British charts. And again in April, 1981, their song, Treason, reached the Top 20 at number 18 in the U. K.. The members came and went and there were a lot of changes made during this time. In 1981 they released their second album called Wilder. Cope got the credit for writing every song on the album. Passionate friend was a single from the album and it reached number 25 on the U. K. Charts but the album did not reach success. Although the album was not very successful, many Teardrop fans believe that it was their best one released. Their second single, Colours fly Away, only reached number 57 on the U. K. Chart so that was an indication that the group would not last much longer.
The group began singing at the Pyramid Club in Liverpool at the end of 1981. They would play twice a day. They went on an extensive tour of Europe, the United states, and Australia after that. In 1982 they released another single called, Tiny Children, which reached number 41 on the U. K. Chart. In the middle of recording their third album, the group began losing their tempers and tensions were high. Cope wanted to write one type of music and Balfe was interested in another style. So the group was dissolved. Their material was later released with the name, Everybody Wants To Shag... The Teardrop Explodes. Cope went on to become successful as a solo artist and writer. The group released a total of 2 albums, Kilimanjaro (1980), and Wilder (1981). They also released 3 compilations called, Everybody Wants To Shag... The teardrops Explode (1982), Piano (1990), and Zoology (2004).
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