JEAN-JACQUES BURNEL – “Euroman Cometh” LP (United Artists UAG 30214) April 1979
Jean-Jacques Burnel “Euroman Cometh” – This was the 1979 debut solo album by the Stranglers’ bassist J. J. Burnel. Musically, it was an attempt at incorporating electronic sounds into rock. Lyrically, it evolved around the idea of a United States of Europe in the context of the Cold War.
“A Europe riddled with American values and soviet subversion is a diseased sycophantic old whore: a Europe strong, united and independent is a child of the future”, states Burnel on the inner sleeve.
Guest musicians were Peter Howells of The Drones (drums on tracks three, five and six), track nine featured Brian James of The Damned (guitar), Lew Lewis (harmonica) and Carey Fortune of Chelsea (drums). All other instruments were played by Burnel.
The album reached number 40 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1979. The track “Freddie Laker” was released as a single on 13 April 1979, backed with the non-album track “Ozymandias”.
Printed on the sleeve is a tribute to the Meriden Motorcycle Co-operative that manufactured Triumph motorcycles between 1976 and 1983. The tribute reads, “The Triumph Workers Co-operative at Meriden have proved that personally motivated enterprise coupled with group interest is a necessary ingredient in successful socialism and the sham they call nationalisation could only be suggested and perpetrated by enemies of the people.”
The engine of Burnel’s 750cc Triumph Bonneville T140, manufactured by the Meriden Co-operative, is heard during the track “Triumph (Of the Good City)”.
Jean-Jacques Burnel talks to Smash Hits magazine about his record here.