THE POP GROUP And DENNIS BOVELL Bring ‘Y’ Back In Dub Next Month

4 September 2021

Band: THE POP GROUP
Who: Legendary, sound-exploring
and outspoken Bristol post-punks

Album: Y IN DUB

Info: ‘Y in Dub’ is a 9-track collection of heavyweight dub versions that match the
prodigious intensity of their source material. The release reflects the enterprising
originality of the dub and reggae music that inspired The Pop Group, as well as the
legendary ingenuity of their longstanding collaborator Dennis Bovell, recently awarded
an MBE for his services to music, might we add… The original material is submerged and prolonged, shattered, splintered, and sculpted into turbulent, contrasting forms which
deviate from the original tracks in compelling, unexpected ways.

Release: Via Mute on CD and digitally on October 29th, 2021, with the vinyl release
set to follow at a later date due to ongoing worldwide production issues with vinyl.

Order info: here


L to r: Dub expert Dennis Bovell, frontman Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist Gareth Sager

Mark Stewart (frontman): “Dub to me is the music of chance.
A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers.”

Here’s the video clip for first taster WORDS DISOBEY ME

Original artwork

Original album

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THE POP GROUP: WebsiteSpotify

(group photo via Mute)

THE POP GROUP – 1979 Debut Album ‘Y’ Returns In Dub With DENNIS BOVELL

31 July 2021

Band: THE POP GROUP
Who: Legendary, sound-exploring
and outspoken Bristol post-punks

Album: Y IN DUB

Info: ‘Y in Dub’ is a 9-track collection of heavyweight dub versions that match the
prodigious intensity of their source material. The release reflects the enterprising
originality of the dub and reggae music that inspired The Pop Group, as well as the
legendary ingenuity of their longstanding collaborator Dennis Bovell, recently awarded
an MBE for his services to music, might we add… The original material is submerged and prolonged, shattered, splintered, and sculpted into turbulent, contrasting forms which
deviate from the original tracks in compelling, unexpected ways.

Release: Via Mute on CD and digitally on October 29th, 2021, with the vinyl release
set to follow at a later date due to ongoing worldwide production issues with vinyl.

Order info: here


L to r: Dub expert Dennis Bovell, frontman Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist Gareth Sager

Mark Stewart (frontman): “Dub to me is the music of chance.
A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers.”

AllMusic said about the original LP: “Y sounds like a call for revolution, a fearless salvo on behalf of a creative vision without compromise of any form. Decades after its release, Y remains a challenging work that feels contemporary, and much of the experimental rock community is still trying to catch up with it.”

First taster: Words Disobey Me

Full tracklist:

1. Thief of Fire (Dub Version)
2. Snowgirl (Dub Version)
3. Blood Money (Dub Version)
4. Savage Sea (Dub Version)
5. We Are Time (Dub Version)
6. Words Disobey Me (Dub Version)
7. Don’t Call Me Pain (Dub Version)
8. Boys From Brazil (Dub Version)
9. Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Dub Version)


Original artwork

Original album

(group photo via Mute)

‘WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES’ By Funk Punk Legends THE POP GROUP (1979)

Top singles from the past…

1 April 2020

Band: The Pop Group  (Bristol, UK)
Active: 1977–1981, 2010–present
Single: We Are All Prostitutes 
B-side: Amnesty International Report on British Army Torture of Irish Prisoners
Note: Nick Cave once said that this song was the band’s masterpiece, saying,
It had everything that I thought rock and roll should have. It was violent, paranoid
music for a violent, paranoid time.”

Released: 9 November 1979
Score: The single peaked at #8 on the UK’s indie charts

Here’s the official clip…

NICK CAVE is one of their biggest fans and tells here why…

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THE POP GROUP – 40th Anniversary Reissue Of Their Gloriously Chaotic Debut Album ‘Y’ Coming…

19 July 2019

THE POP GROUP, the legendary avant-garde funk punks out of Bristol released their turbulent, gloriously chaotic and freakishly intriguing debut LP ‘Y’ back in 1979, the
year punk was over and made way for a new experimental sonic creativity, lyrically
and musically, with anything-is-possible bands such as this compelling one led by
MARK STEWART, co-founder and one of the last original, uncompromising frontmen
and daring underground artists on this planet.

Assisted by a likewise minded group of incredibly inventive and venturesome musicians The Pop Group ‘s first longplayer wasn’t an easy-listening record, but one that revealed its wayward layers with every spin and still is a mind-expanding-and-exploring trip to hear on your trembling headphones 40 years later.

The great news is that on 1st November a 40th Anniversary Reissue will hit the streets via Mute Records. Check all details and special content of this Definitive Edition right here.

Ahead of it you can already move in mysterious ways to the remastered version of the band’s signature top track off the LP. Here’s ‘SHE IS BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL‘…

And while you here check THE POP GROUP‘s truly amazing comeback albums:
CITIZEN ZOMBIE (2015) and HONEYMOON ON MARS (2016)

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

Stream here

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Metal Box by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

Stream here

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

Stream here

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Y’ – Willful And Eccentric Debut By THE POP GROUP…

Remarkable albums from the past

‘Y’
The Pop Group

Released: 20 April 1979
Debut longplayer

PITCHFORK wrote: “Unlike most of the late-’70s no-wave types (and perennial imitators),
The Pop Group were less concerned with eschewing convention than with vehemently eviscerating it. Listen to how they tear apart a boxy, reverb-laden surf riff on “We Are Time”
with Dadaist malice and contempt. It’s impossible to ignore Mark Stewart’s incessant Thatcher-bashing, but ‘Y’ is so convincing in its hectoring that one can easily imagine it arising from even more amicable circumstances. This is a record of dire necessity, armed for combat against a long litany of ills—none more than typicality.”
Ranked at number 35 on Picthfork’s greatest albums of the 1970s

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: To my ears, ‘Y’ sounded at first, both confusing and fascinating, like cricket, an intriguing sports game of which I still don’t know the rules,
until I found out that this band/album had no rules at all. While the ‘famous’ punk bands became greedy money sharks The Pop Group made the most brain-cracking, the most willful and most cutting middle-finger LP of that tremendous era.

TWO TOP TRACKS: She’s Beyond Good and Evil / We Are Time

* She’s Beyond Good And Evil

* We Are Time

Y in full

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