Thighpaulsandra

Julian Cope the uptight homophobic square? (end sensationalist title)

TPS (ThighPaulSandra): The majority of the outrage and aggression directed toward me was as a result of the erect penis image on DV2. This was not helped by the fact that this was the image that Beta - Lactam Records and some other sellers chose to advertise the record. I was disappointed that so many people took this image out of context from the rest of the artwork and maintained that what I was doing was a cheap shot at sensationalism. Perhaps naively my expectation from my audience for DVs 1&2, considering my background in Coil, was of appreciation and acceptance. I did not expect the wave of homophobia, quite often masked by very wordy and pseudo-intellectual responses, that ensued. I expected more of Julian Cope too. He had always seemed to me a very forward thinking individual ready to embrace radical ideas and stances but he showed his true colours publicly and privately distancing himself from my work. I should have suspected that he would do this because as much as he always expressed great respect for Coil I always felt he held deep suspicions over the ‘satanic child abuse’ allegations surrounding Psychic TV, and by association, Coil.

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Coil - Blood from the Air

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Coil on Channel 4’s Hello Culture.