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Julian Cope: Je Ne Suis Pas Sting!

Andy Gill, Q, May 1991

IN A FUNKY but chic little Parisian cafe called the Piano Vache (rough translation: Soft Cow), Julian Cope faces a roomful of French journalists and puckers his lips into a circle in imitation of – well – an asshole. Nobody seems outraged. "What's 'loose' in French?" he enquires. "Decontracter? Like when your asshole is puckering like that, yeah? Decontracter. Well, I'm loose. I'm The White Asshole – what's 'asshole' in French? The White Asshole is finally decontracter!"

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