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Y In Dub

    The Pop Group’s seminal 1979 album Y has been given a new dub mix by British reggae legend Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell, who has produced for a wide variety of artists including Fela Kuti, Bananarama and Linton Kwesi Johnson. This new version of the album features reimagined arrangements of the original album’s tracks with mind-bending space echoes and a plethora of other studio effects. Y is ranked by The Wire as one of the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made and by Pitchfork as one of the Best Albums of the ‘70s.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: One of my favourite albums of all time reworked by the legendary Dennis Bovell. Channelling heavy On-U Sound vibes. This is awesome!

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    1 Thief Of Fire (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    2 Snowgirl (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    3 Blood Money (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    4 Savage Sea (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    5 We Are Time (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    6 Words Disobey Me (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    7 Don't Call Me Pain (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    8 Boys From Brazil (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    9 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    10 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)
    11 338 (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)

    The Pop Group

    Alien Blood

      Alien Blood is the result of the band’s meticulous process of revisiting the original 2” tapes of their studio sessions and recordings, unearthing never-before-heard material, including the studio recording of ‘Kiss The Book’, gloves off version of ‘We Are Time (Ricochet)’, and ‘Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)’ whilst exposing the raw skeletons of iconic tracks such as the original velocity of ‘Thief of Fire (Bass Addict).’ Alien Blood reveals the life of Y before everything was finalized, exposing revelatory dimensions within these iconic works.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 Kiss The Book
      A2 Blood Money (Slow Thief)
      A3 Don't Call Me Pain (First Mix)
      A4 Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)
      A5 We Are Time (Ricochet)
      B1 Thief Of Fire (Bass Addict)
      B2 Savage Sea (Sparse)
      B3 Boys From Brazil (Ridge Reels)
      B4 Snowgirl (Take 3)
      B5 Don't Sell Your Dreams ('A' Mix)

      The Pop Group

      Y Live

        The Y Live album is an essential addendum to the original release, one that captures all the fierce urgency of The Pop Group’s live performances at the time. Comprised of Y era recordings captured at a variety of locations including New York, Manchester & Brussels – the latter on a bill with William Burroughs and Joy Division – Y Live exemplifies what had proved so thrilling about The Pop Group. A snapshot of a time when the group were sharing stages with future acolytes including Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Public Image Ltd, Mark Stewart describes the recordings as attempts to ‘paint the impossible’.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Thief Of Fire (Live)
        A2 Snowgirl (Live)
        A3 Blood Money (Live)
        A4 Savage Sea (Live)
        A5 We Are Time (Live)
        B1 Words Disobey Me (Live)
        B2 Don't Call Me Pain (Live)
        B3 Boys From Brazil (Live)
        B4 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Live)

        The Pop Group

        Y - Definitive Edition

          This is the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Pop Group’s highly influential and innovative debut album ‘Y’ released in 1979, remastered (from the original tapes) and cut half speed at Abbey Road.

          The Pop Group’s Y regularly appears in ‘Greatest Album’ lists - such as Pitchfork’s Greatest Albums of the 70’s where it is listed at #35, The Wire’s 100 Most Important Records Ever Made and Uncut Magazine’s 100 Greatest Debut Albums.

          The Vinyl and CD deluxe sets will include the debut single 'She Is Beyond Good And Evil' (also remastered).

          The package will also include the 10 track album Alien Blood, and the album titled Y Live.

          Alien Blood is the result of the band’s meticulous process of revisiting the original 2” tapes of their studio sessions and recordings, unearthing never-before-heard material, including the studio recording of ‘Kiss The Book’, gloves off version of ‘We Are Time (Ricochet)’, and ‘Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)’ whilst exposing the raw skeletons of iconic tracks such as the original velocity of ‘Thief of Fire (Bass Addict).’ Alien Blood reveals the life of Y before everything was finalized, exposing revelatory dimensions within these iconic works.

          The Y Live album is an essential addendum to the original release, one that captures all the fierce urgency of The Pop Group’s live performances at the time. Comprised of Y era recordings captured at a variety of locations including New York, Manchester & Brussels – the latter on a bill with William Burroughs and Joy Division – Y Live exemplifies what had proved so thrilling about The Pop Group. A snapshot of a time when the group were sharing stages with future acolytes including Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Public Image Ltd, Mark Stewart describes the recordings as attempts to ‘paint the impossible’.

          The Pop Group went on to release 2 further singles, We Are All Prostitutes and Where There Is A Will (Split single with the Slits) and 1 further studio album For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, before splitting up in 1981.

          Mark Stewart from the band embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album Learning To Cope With Cowardice in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry.

          The Pop Group reformed in 2010 to tour and have since released 2 new studio albums.

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          Vinyl Box Set Tracklist

          Y (Remastered + Cut Using Half Speed Mastering At Abbey Road)
          A1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
          A2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
          A3 Blood Money (Remastered)
          A4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
          A5 We Are Time (Remastered)
          B1 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
          B2 Don't Call Me Pain (Remastered)
          B3 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
          B4 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)

          She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
          A1 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
          B1 3:38 (Remastered)

          Alien Blood
          A1 Kiss The Book
          A2 Blood Money (Slow Thief)
          A3 Don't Call Me Pain (First Mix)
          A4 Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)
          A5 We Are Time (Ricochet)
          B1 Thief Of Fire (Bass Addict)
          B2 Savage Sea (Sparse)
          B3 Boys From Brazil (Ridge Reels)
          B4 Snowgirl (Take 3)
          B5 Don't Sell Your Dreams ('A' Mix)

          Y - Live
          A1 Thief Of Fire (Live)
          A2 Snowgirl (Live)
          A3 Blood Money (Live)
          A4 Savage Sea (Live)
          A5 We Are Time (Live)
          B1 Words Disobey Me (Live)
          B2 Don't Call Me Pain (Live)
          B3 Boys From Brazil (Live)
          B4 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Live)

          3CD Set Tracklist

          CD1 

          1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
          2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
          3 Blood Money (Remastered)
          4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
          5 We Are Time (Remastered)
          6 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
          7 Don't Call Me Pain (Remastered)
          8 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
          9 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)
          10 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
          11 3:38 (Remastered)

          CD2 Alien Blood
          1 Kiss The Book
          2 Don't Call Me Pain (First Mix)
          3 Thief Of Fire (Bass Addict)
          4 Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)
          5 Don't Sell Your Dreams ('A' Mix)
          6 Boys From Brazil (Ridge Reels)
          7 Savage Sea (Sparse)
          8 Snowgirl (Take 3)
          9 Blood Money (Slow Thief)
          10 We Are Time (Ricochet)

          CD3 Y - Live
          1 Thief Of Fire (Live)
          2 Snowgirl (Live)
          3 Blood Money (Live)
          4 Savage Sea (Live)
          5 We Are Time (Live)
          6 Words Disobey Me (Live)
          7 Don't Call Me Pain (Live)
          8 Boys From Brazil (Live)
          9 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Live)

          Y is the highly influential and innovative debut album by The Pop Group, released in 1979. In the same year The Pop Group released their single She is Beyond Good & Evil / 3:38.

          The band went on to release 2 further singles, We Are All Prostitutes and Where There Is A Will (Split single with the Slits) and 1 further studio album For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, before splitting up in 1981.

          Frontman, Mark Stewart embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album Learning To Live Cope Cowardice in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry.

          The Pop Group reformed in 2010 to tour and have since released 2 new studio albums.

          The Pop Group’s Y regularly appears in ‘Greatest Album’ lists - such as Pitchfork’s Greatest Albums of the 70’s where it is listed at #35, The Wire’s 100 Most Important Records Ever Made and Uncut Magazine’s 100 Greatest Debut Albums.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Laura says: "She Is Beyond Good And Evil" was my first introduction to the Pop Group in the late 80s at indie night The Wilde Club. On the strength of that track I bought this LP and played it to death and it remains one of my favourite albums. Now remastered it also includes a 12” of the track that made me fall for them them in the first place. Totally uncompromising post-punk genius!

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          Vinyl Tracklist
          A1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
          A2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
          A3 Blood Money (Remastered)
          A4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
          A5 We Are Time (Remastered)
          B1 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
          B2 Don't Call Me Pain (Remastered)
          B3 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
          B4 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)

          12”
          A1 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
          B1 3:38 (Remastered)

          CD Tracklist
          1 Thief Of Fire (Remastered)
          2 Snowgirl (Remastered)
          3 Blood Money (Remastered)
          4 Savage Sea (Remastered)
          5 We Are Time (Remastered)
          6 Words Disobey Me (Remastered)
          7 Don't Call Me Pain (Remastered)
          8 Boys From Brazil (Remastered)
          9 Don't Sell Your Dreams (Remastered)
          10 She Is Beyond Good And Evil (Remastered)
          11 3:38 (Remastered) 

          The Pop Group

          The Boy Whose Head Exploded

            Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group unveil their latest archival release, The Boys Whose Head Exploded.

            Compiled from unearthed basement tapes recorded during their incendiary performances of late 1979 and 1980, the compilation also includes a bonus DVD featuring film footage shot by legendary director Don Letts.
            The bulk of the salvaged live recordings comprise brawling versions of songs taken from the band’s recently reissued second studio album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? The collection also features the previously unreleased 73 Shadow Street, and a surprise mutation of the Glaxo Babies’ Shake The Foundation.

            The accompanying film footage is a short feature that’s been hiding in Don Letts’ punk rock archives for the past 35 years. Filmed by Letts at Alexandra Palace on June 15th1980 at an all day festival that featured the likes of John Cooper Clarke, The Raincoats and The Slits, the rare footage encapsulates the band’s molotov cocktail of punk, funk, free jazz and radical politics at its most artistically concussive.


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            1/A1 –We Are All Prostitutes (Live Milan 1980)
            2/A2 –Justice (Live Cologne 1980)
            3/A3 –How Much Longer (Live Cologne 1980)
            4/A4 –Blind Faith (Live Sheffield 1979)
            5/A5 –Forces Of Oppression (Live Cologne 1980)
            6/A6 –There Are No Spectators (Live Cologne 1980)
            7/B1 –Feed The Hungry (Live Cologne 1980)
            8/B2 –Rob A Bank (Live Milan 1980)
            9/B3 –Shake The Foundation (Live Cologne 1980)
            10/B4 –73 Shadow Street (Live Helsinki 1980)

            The Pop Group

            Citizen Zombie - 2CD Box Set Edition

            Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s era are set to release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album ‘Citizen Zombie’ has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence & The Machine). The album, features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums).

            Rolling Stone recently featured The Oral History of The Pop Group, citing the band as inspiration for everyone from Nick Cave to Nine Inch Nails, and going on to say:

            “They paved the way for Fugazi's politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails' larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars.” Rollingstone.com 2014

            “The years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” - The Guardian 2014

            TRACK LISTING

            CD1
            1. Citizen Zombie
            2. Mad Truth
            3. Nowhere Girl
            4. Shadow Child
            5. The Immaculate Deception
            6. S.O.P.H.I.A.
            7. Box 9
            8. Nations
            9. St. Outrageous
            10. Age Of Miracles
            11. Echelon

            CD2 - ‘Versions Galore’ EP
            1. Zombie [Land]
            2. The Immaculate
            3. Shadow [Master]
            4. Echelon [Instro – Mental]

            Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late ’70s era are set to release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album ‘Citizen Zombie’ has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence & The Machine). The album, features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums).

            Rolling Stone recently featured The Oral History of The Pop Group, citing the band as inspiration for everyone from Nick Cave to Nine Inch Nails, and going on to say:

            “They paved the way for Fugazi's politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails' larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars.” Rollingstone.com 2014

            “The years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” - The Guardian 2014


            TRACK LISTING

            1. Citizen Zombie
            2. Mad Truth
            3. Nowhere Girl
            4. Shadow Child
            5. The Immaculate Deception
            6. S.O.P.H.I.A.
            7. Box 9
            8. Nations
            9. St. Outrageous
            10. Age Of Miracles
            11. Echelon

            The Pop Group

            We Are Time

              'We Are Time' was named after one of the Pop Group's most infamous onslaughts and originally released on vinyl in 1980, has been remastered from original tape s and available on CD for the first time and limited vinyl.

              Of the early studio and live recordings that comprise We Are Time, frontman Mark Stewart says "We Are Time is really 'the' teenage Pop Group album. It's full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band's staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument."

              Guitarist Gareth Sager explains that the band was "trying in an inexplicably naive manner to combine Patti Smith's Rimbaud ramblings, James Brown, the Stooges, Roxy Music, T.Rex and classical aleatoric music. You can hear the results of this on tracks 'Genius Or Lunatic', 'Colour Blind', 'Trap', 'Sense Of Purpose', 'Kiss The Book' and 'We Are Time." He goes on to say "soon after this the band were bringing in other influences, Ornette Coleman, King Tubby, Funkadelic, Debussy, Jacques Brel, Fela Kuti, Steve Reich and then you get 'Thief Of Fire'."

              The Pop Group was born in Bristol in 1977 out of a disenchantment with punk failing to bust out of its rock origins. With mystical fire, enraged by global injustices, the group delivered scathing political and society - indicting messages aboard a post-apocalypse rollercoaster, ferociously straddling their beloved free jazz, conscious funk, heavyweight dub and audacious experimentalism.

              "It's one of those moments when the cogs of your mind shift and your life is going to irreversibly change forever" – Nick Cave on hearing The Pop Group for the first time.


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