I remember when I was a very young kid, in the mid-eightes, new-psychedelia became the main trend in the underground rock scene. The musical press used to discuss about the artistic legacy of Syd Barrett, certainly the most significant figure of sixties' British psychedelia. Julian Cope and Robyn Hitchcock, two British artists too, were considered as the best heirs of Syd, not because they had simply tried to imitate him, but, taking inspiration from sixties' psychedelic pop, they both created their own eccentric and unique style. In the late seventies, during the punk/new wave age, people started to hear some modern psychedelic pop thanks also to Julian's band, The Teardrop Explodes, and Robyn's one, The Soft Boys; but it's been with their long and rich solo careers that they reached even more exciting creative goals. The people who don't know their music have a lot of gems to discover. These videos, a couple of promo clips you probably haven't seen so often on MTV, can give you just a little idea. Try Try Try is a song included on Cope's 1995 album 20 Mothers, while Madonna Of The Wasp is a single released by Robyn and his band The Egyptians on 1989. The song is also included on the album Queen Elvis, a sticker on the cover of that record introduced him as "# 1 post-modern artist".
You'll see on the videos that they both were wearing a "mad cap"!
Julian Cope - Try Try Try (1995)
Robyn Hitchcock 'n' The Egyptians - Madonna Of The Wasps (1989)
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