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Pop Will Eat Itself

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Stourbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom (1986 – 1996, 2011 – present)

Pop Will Eat Itself (also known as PWEI or the Poppies) was a band formed in Stourbridge, United Kingdom with band members from Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country.

An early version of the band formed in 1981 under the name From Eden; members included Clint Mansell, Adam Mole, Chris Fradgley, Malcolm Treece and Miles Hunt . Graham Crabb was recruited (Graham being the only respondant to replace the ‘piss poor’ Miles Hunt on drums). After From Eden splintered into two bands (Treece and Hunt went on to form The Wonder Stuff) Mansell, Crabb & Mole formed Wild and Wandering, recruiting Richard March on bass. They eventually became Pop Will Eat Itself in 1986, taking the name from a quote in an NME article about Pop ‘eating itself’ suggesting that popular music continues to recycle ideas.

The band honed their songwriting skills with a string of catchy two-minute pop songs released on EPs both as Wild and Wandering and Pop Will Eat Itself. With the help of DJ John Peel, these EPs saw some airplay and enjoyed some popularity among university students. After the band feared they had accomplished all they could with their sound, they found new influences in hip hop acts such as the Beastie Boys, Run DMC and Public Enemy. Graham soon dropped the drum sticks for a mic and was replaced by a drum machine called “Dr. Nightmare.” Their style continued to develop with classics such as “There Is No Love Between Us Anymore’ and the anthemic “Def Con One”. As a result, PWEI were signed to major label RCA and they achieved top 40 hits with “Can U Dig It?” and “Wise Up! Sucker” off the album This Is the Day…This Is the Hour…This Is This!

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