Joss Cope of The Remaynes

Joss Cope (during his Remaynes period) UK Psychedelia alive and well and making a noise in the 80s.

Joss Cope of The Remaynes
Joss Cope (during his Remaynes period) UK Psychedelia alive and well and making a noise in the 80s.

The Remaynes – in session for Andy Kershaw – December 12, 1985 – BBC Radio 1 –

The Remaynes in session tonight. Recorded for Andy Kershaw at BBC Radio 1 on December 12, 1985. Psychedelia was undergoing something of a renaissance in the 1980s. In America it was the Paisely Underground via the West Coast. In the UK it was laying the groundwork for what would become Madchester and all the spinoffs that made 90s a decade to keep up with.

There is frustratingly little information on The Remaynes, other than they were fronted by Joss Cope, brother of Julian Cope. I know they released either one album or an ep, but I’m not certain which and may have been something I imagined. And of course this session, which gives some clear indication this was no stab-in-the-dark and serves as a memento of earlier endeavors by an artist very much a vital part of the scene today.

Here’s what his Bandcamp page has to say: “Midlands born musician with a pedigree stretching back to the Liverpool post punk scene and early Creation Records. He’s worked with his elder brother Julian, made videos, campaigned for Greenpeace, played guitar and bass for a number of bands in recent years before teaming up with some top Helsinki musicians to make two distinctive and critically well received solo albums.”

As soon as I get it together, I will try and post some (hopefully) available session materials from his latest incarnation. But in the meantime, here is something you can sink your teeth into – further evidence 1985 wasn’t such a bad year after all.

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