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Bristol, England (1977 – 1981, 2010 – present)

The Pop Group are a band which formed in 1977 in Bristol, England. They consisted of Mark Stewart (vocals), John Waddington (guitar), Gareth Sager (guitar), Simon Underwood (bass) and Bruce Smith (drums).

The band reformed in 2010 for a reunion tour. In November 2014, the Pop Group announced that they would release an album of new material titled “Citizen Zombie” on 23 February 2015. The album was produced by Paul Epworth.

Their uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned , , and music. Their lyrics were, more often than not, politically charged. In ‘79 they issued their debut single, “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” on the Radar label.

Their debut album Y, was produced by reggae veteran Dennis Bovell to critical acclaim but low sales figures. Although it did not chart, the album’s success was sufficient to convince Rough Trade to sign the band, but not before more line-up changes, with Dan Katsis, formerly a guitarist in the Glaxo Babies, replacing Underwood on bass.

The band’s career with Rough Trade commenced with what is possibly their best-known single “We Are All Prostitutes”, which featuring a guest appearance by free improviser Tristan Honsinger on cello. This was followed the release of their second album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? in 1980, which included a contribution from US proto-rappers The Last Poets.


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  • bravodiegobra


    26 Jan 8:24pm Reply
  • bravodiegobra

    Mad Truth <3

    26 Jan 2:13pm Reply
  • min-thom

    a new release. how nice! ... and its a good one, of course.

    24 Jan 12:05pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Similarities between this band and the Birthday party are undeniable; especially when you hear Nick Cave's thoughts on the matter. You can hear it anyway, unless you have cloth ears.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    I'm a thief of fire.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Searching for love in the library of a ghost town.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • State-records

    for Pop Group connoisseurs

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • stian86

    Hated Y on first listen, but I quite like it now for some reason.

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BonkiBits

    colour blind colour blind not real enough

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • chewtoy

    According to Nick Cave himself, when The Birthday Party located to Britain, The Pop Group was one of the very few contemporary British bands he liked. As such it was an important influence on his band, I'm guessing in attitude more than direct style.

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • christina_gahan

    Seriously, how is The Birthday Party not a related artist? [3]

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    This is great. Need to hear more, Y is a very amazing album.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sk_maniak

    HaHaHaYoureDead, я и в нашей танцую)

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BonkiBits

    Just listened to this band and fuck! Freakin Savage Sea just gets me demonically

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    фанковая музня, в параллельной вселенной под такую музыку можно танцевать

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Sinedd17

    It does have some similarities with This Heat, especially Deceit

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    v but red krayola and this heat are?

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • P469px

    not as good as i thought it would be and this band and the birthday party are nothing related. dont kid yourself

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ValentinE_28

    Seriously, how is The Birthday Party not a related artist? [2]

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
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