The London Astoria was a music venue, located at 157 Charing Cross Road, in London, England. It had been leased and run by Festival Republic since 2000. It was closed on 15 January 2009 and has since been demolished. The venue is still seen today as an iconic music establishment, as it helped to launch the careers of many British rock bands and also played a part in the UK success of many international acts.
Skellington is the fifth solo album by Julian Cope, released in November 1989 as a semi-official bootleg for fan club members only. Originally released on Cope's own CopeCo label, it was later reissued in March 1990 through Zippo Records. Skellington was expanded with the addition of a sequel Skellington 2: He's Back. and this time it's personal and released in 1993 as The Skellington Chronicles
coming to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes, he has followed a solo career since 1983 and worked on musical side projects such as Queen Elizabeth, Brain Donor and Black Sheep. Cope is also a recognised authority on Neolithic culture, and an outspoken political and cultural activist with a noted and public interest in occultism and paganism.
Julian Cope – Woden. Label: Head Heritage – HH26.
Album, 02 Março 1987, Island Records. 1. World Shut Your Mouth. 25. London Underground. Leper Skin: An Introduction to Julian Cope. Compilation, 22 Fevereiro 1999, Island Records.
Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957, in Deri, Mid Glamorgan) was raised in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He came to prominence as the singer of the Liverpool pop band The Teardrop Explodes in 1978. Cope has since released many solo albums and is a founding member of the bands Queen Elizabeth and Brain Donor. In addition to his musical career, Cope has written several books of non-fiction and autobiography.
Royal Festival Hall, London. Cope, one of British pop's few great eccentric survivors, has reinvented himself in the years since his last tussles with the charts. He has always been a slightly ridiculous caricature - a crazed, wide-eyed mystic with the voice of an ageing public school boy preaching the shamanic properties of rock'n'roll. You might imagine him being played by Bill Nighy at his most deliciously hammy.