Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Teardrop Explodes: Wilder 1981 (Re - Remaster 2000) + Extra Tracks From The American Mini Album: Buff Manilla 1982?

Wilder is the second album by neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, and the final

completed album released by the group. In 2000 former Teardrop Explodes leader Julian Cope gave his blessings to re-release Wilder with a selection of bonus tracks, mainly single b-sides, plus original artwork, a remastered sound, and full lyrics and essays. Wilder was recorded following a turbulent period in the band's career involving the success of their debut album Kilimanjaro, several line-up changes and a fraught, drug-fuelled American tour. For Wilder, the group's leader and principal songwriter Julian Cope developed his songwriting by using many experimental approaches.  

The concluding track, "The Great Dominions," is one of Cope's all-time best, with a sweeping, epic

sense of scope and sound. The angular funk of "The Culture Bunker" has both some fine guitar and a sharp lyric or two on Cope's part -- the Crucial Three he refers to was his bedroom-only act with Ian McCulloch and Pete Wylie. Other high points include the moody synth shadings on "Tiny Children," where Balfe's work comes through best of all, and Dwyer's generally sharp drumming throughout, keeping the beat well.

Buff Manila was the moniker Gary Dwyer (Drums in Teardrop Explodes) used on a weird version of

"Kwalo Koblinsky's Lullaby" which was only released on the Zoo Records compilation called "To The Shores Of Lake Placid". It featured Julian Cope "intoning" under the name of Kevin Stapleton. The album featured unreleased tracks by The Bunnymen, Teardrops, Lori and the Chameleons etc. Bill Drummond published a little booklet called "from The Shores of Lake Placid" in 1998. It was published by The Penkiln Burn.

The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder
Label: Mercury – 548 284-2
Format:    CD, HDCD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 2000
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave



01. Bent Out Of Shape    3:27
02. Colours Fly Away    2:54
03. Seven Views Of Jerusalem    3:47
04. Pure Joy    1:42
05. Falling Down Around Me    3:08
06. The Culture Bunker    5:29
07. Passionate Friend  (Producer – Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley)   3:29
08. Tiny Children    3:50
09. Like Leila Khaled Said
(Backing Vocals – Garrish Mashindi)   3:48
10. ...And The Fighting Takes Over    3:53
11. The Great Dominions    4:26



12. Window Shopping For A New Crown Of Thorns    3:48
13. East Of The Equator    6:16
14. Rachael Built A Steamboat
(Lyrics By – Julian Cope/Music By – David Balfe/Producer – The Teardrop Explodes)   4:15
15. You Disappear From View    2:59
16. Suffocate  (Remix – Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum)   3:43
17. Ouch Monkeys  (Remix – Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum)   5:15
18. Soft Enough For You  (Remix – Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum)  3:55
19. The In-Psychlopedia    4:04

Originally released in 1981.
This edition is credited with bonus tracks from a fictitious 'US mini album "Buff Manilla"'.
Bobby Zodiac credited as playing on the track "Christ Versus Warhol" which isn't on the album (B-Side to "Passionate Friend").
Tracks 12 & 13 originally released on The Teardrop Explodes - Colours Fly Away
Track 14 originally released on The Teardrop Explodes - Tiny Children
Tracks 15 to 19 originally released on The Teardrop Explodes - You Disappear From View

The Teardrop Explodes

Julian Cope - vocals, guitars, bass guitar, piano, organ
Troy Tate - guitars
David Balfe - keyboards, synthesizers, loops (except on "Passionate Friend")
Gary Dwyer - drums


Alfie Agius - bass guitar on "Passionate Friend"
Jeff Hammer - keyboards on "Passionate Friend"
James Eller - bass guitar
Luke Tunney, Ted Emmett - trumpets
Clive Langer - additional guitar
Garrish Mashindi - backing vocals on "Like Leila Khaled Said"

MP3 @ 320 Size: 153 MB
Flac  Size: 476 MB


  1. Great, very well i don't have these.
    Thank you.

  2. It will be released soon on Cherry Red Records by The Lemon Drops a 5 cd box 85-90. Do you know the band ? I have a few tracks on a cassette with unrel. live rec. These are good.

    1. Yes. I know the band. 60's Psychedelic.

    2. Cherry Red is releasing a Teardrop Explodes box set? or were you referring to this?


  3. i don't remember last time when i play BUFF MANILLA but today it's reminds me.