Jehovahkill is the eighth album by Julian Cope, released in 1992. After the critical success of Peggy Suicide (1991), Cope's idea for Jehovakill was to incorporate a krautrock attitude into his music. He began recording the album with musicians Rooster Cosby and Donald Ross Skinner, while co-producing it with the latter. The sessions yielded what Cope considered to be his most sonically experimental material to date. Originally titleing the record Julian H. Cope, he sent an eleven track version to Island Records, who initially rejected its release, but relentfully gave Cope extra recording sessions for the album. During the extra sessions, in which six extra songs were recorded, the album became harder and was retitled Jehovahkill.
Inspired by prehistoric monuments, the album features ancient, pre-Christian heathen and pagan themes, while commenting on "the destructivness of mainstream religion." The theme spread to the packaging, with the album cover depicting the Callanish Stones, a site with a cruciform layout that predates Christ by at least 2,000 years. Musically, the album combines krautrock with a dark folk sound. Upon release, it charted at number 20 on the UK Albums Chart, though Island Records dropped him soon after its release, leading to outrage in the music press. Upon release, the album proved to be one of Cope's biggest critical successes. Select later named it the 36th best album of the 1990s, and NME named it the 95th greatest British album ever. A deluxe edition was released in 2006.
Label: Island Records ILPSD 9997
Format: Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, All Media, Album, Reissue
Style: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
A1 Soul Desert
A2 No Hard Shoulder To Cry On
A4 The Mystery Trend
A5 Up-Wards At 45º
A6 Know (Cut My Friend Down)
B2 Slow Rider
B3 Gimme Back My Flag
B4 Poet Is Priest...
B5 Julian H. Cope
C1 The Subtle Energies Commission
C3 Fear Loves This Place
C4 The Tower
C5 Peggy Suicide Is Missing