HELLO / GOODBYE: THE FIRST ACT OF THE POP GROUP BY GARETH SAGER FOR MOJO

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'It began in the car on the way to the Roxy. And ended under Nelson’s column... I know we didn’t want to sound like any other band. That was our launch point...we just used to be laughing all the time...and since re-forming its an ongoing affair, again’

Gareth Sager relates the early days and final era of The Pop Group’s first incarnation for the ‘Hello / Goodbye’ feature in the April issue of MOJO

Featuring stories of punk beginnings, the reaction to debut album 'Y', an immense farewell gig at a CND rally in Trafalgar Square & more

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The 40th anniversary definitive edition reissue of 'Y' is out now on Mute Records
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MONDO DECAY BY NUN GUN: A NEW ALGIERS SIDE PROJECT FEATURING MARK STEWART

'We wanted to make a video where Mark Stewart was the ghost of past, present & future. He haunts the upper echelons of the scrambled channels of your teenage cable box, pulling back the curtain on the dystopian present. Imagine a parallel universe where Mark was Max Headroom...one of the reference points for this project was much of Mark’s solo work, and the words he penned and sent over fit perfectly within the concept'

'Mondo Decay', the award winning multimedia collaboration between visual artist Brad Feuerhelm & Algiers' Lee Tesche & Ryan Mahan aka Nun Gun

First single 'Stealth Empire' featuring our very own Mark Stewart

Video by Nun Gun & Ian Cone

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MARK STEWART: MUTE RECORDS MIXTAPE

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Mark Stewart's Mute Records Mixtape 🖭

Featuring The Pop Group & On-U Sound, as well as personal favourites from the likes of Prince Alla, Junior Delgado, Michael Rother, Pan Sonic, Dusty Springfield, Tom Moulton, Keith LeBlanc & more

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ALIEN BLOOD & Y LIVE - INDIVIDUAL LP EDITIONS

'Alien Blood' & 'Y Live'

Initially included with 'Y' 40th anniversary limited edition box sets, now available as individual LPs.

'Alien Blood' features never-before-heard material from the 'Y' studio sessions & recordings, mastered from the original 2" tapes. Revealing the life of 'Y' before everything was finalized, exposing revelatory dimensions within these iconic works.

'Y Live' comprises live recordings from the 'Y' era, capturing all of the fierce urgency of The Pop Group's live performances at that time. A snapshot of a period when the group were sharing stages with future acolytes including Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Public Image Ltd & a collection of recordings described by Mark Stewart as an attempt to 'paint the impossible'.

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Y INCLUDED IN HAPPY MAG'S 10 MOST GROUNDBREAKING AVANT-GARDE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

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'A landmark debut album, The Pop Group defined the fate of post-punk and made future experiments pale in comparison. It’s rare that you run across an album that is a complete singularity'

Happy Mag on 'Y' as part of their recent '10 most groundbreaking avant-garde albums of all time' feature, in good company with the likes of Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Moondog, Ornette Coleman & Frank Zappa

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