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…


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:

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.



Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

Stream here


Stream here

‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

Stream here


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

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

THE POP GROUP Website – Facebook – Twitter – Discography

THE POP GROUP – Funky Punky Freaky Reggae Party in Belgium…


THE POP GROUP – N9 Club – Eeklo, Belgium – 4 February 2017


THE POP GROUP, the frantic post-punk funksters from Bristol are only one of the
few bands that really have, after reuniting many years after they first formed (1977), something challenging, inspiring and perspicacious to say in caustic words and in compelling sound. Their two comeback albums in two years, CITIZEN ZOMBIE (2015)
and HONEYMOON ON MARS (2016) are among the best alternative music you’ll find. Giant frontman Mark Stewart still is a razor-sharp, political & social observer with an inimitable, narrative and at times creepy voice & the underground legends still create a unique blend of jagged & highly danceable ecstasy many young, artists would sell their soul and mother-in-law for. If you’re a well-documented, lifetime fan of the band and Stewart’s Maffia project I’m sure I can’t tell you something new about them. But if you
never heard of these sonic outlaws I invite you to this Funky Punky Freaky Reggae set (reproduced here on Spotify) that those imperishable prostitutes played last Saturday in Belgium. Open your ears and your unprejudiced mind, get out of your straitjacket, move your furniture to make room for your own private dance floor and activate your limbs ’cause you will need them all. Start the party right now, right here…

Captain Zombie…

Gareth ‘Chic’ Sager…

Drummer from Mars…

The originals…

(all pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Links to the band: Website – Facebook – Twitter


Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…


THE POP GROUP have released anti-war song WAR INC. from their latest album HONEYMOON ON MARS – their second LP since the still highly relevant post-punk veterans reformed – as a single in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers / Doctors Without Borders to help with their incredible work in war zones throughout the world. In 2015 they provided over a million consultations across war torn regions of Asia and Africa,
and also provide nutrition & psychological help to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable, innocent civilians. The protest song was produced by Hank Shocklee, hip-hop wizard of Public Enemy. Here’s the audio clip…

You can download the track here and support this much-needed organisation…

THE POP GROUP: Tour dates – Website – Facebook

THE POP GROUP – Intriguing New Video For Cruel Brittania Single ‘LITTLE TOWN’…


26 December 2016


LITTLE TOWN is the 2nd single from cutting new Honeymoon On Mars album by the former late 70s/early 80s frantic Bristol funksters THE POP GROUP. Only one of the few bands that really has, after reuniting many years after they first formed, something challenging, highly inspiring and compellingly perspicacious to say in caustic words
and in absorbing sound. Douglas Hart directed the clip and visualized optimally the
song’s content: “The video attempts to capture the feel of towns beyond the big metropolises. Towns that suffer most from the brutal post capital culture we live in now.” The band’s riveting frontman and biting voice Mark Stewart added: “Doug has documented Cruel Britannia, the hidden truly frightening little Britain. Perhaps the real battle for Britain has truly begun.” Seems like we’ll have a post-Brexit walk here…

THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook