British rocker Julian Cope has ruled out ever reuniting his hit 1980s band The Teardrop Explodes.

The Reward hitmakers split in 1982 after four years together following a series of disagreements between Cope and keyboardist David Balfe.

The frontman went on to pursue a successful solo career while Balfe set up Food Records, signing hit band Blur and becoming a respected figure in the music industry.

However, Cope is adamant there will be no reunion because discussions with Balfe about possibly getting together always peter out.

He tells Mojo magazine, "I said to Balfe that I feel really bad because, in a world of reunions, there will never be a reunion. I said maybe we should get back together, not as a band, but as a kind of banqueting situation. We were going to have a jolly banquet. But I had a few conversations with Balfey and he's such a dwindler at the moment that I just can't interface with him."