'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
Mark Stewart appeared on the Stereo Embers Magazine podcast recently to discuss 'UFO's, having tea with Sun Ra, The Sex Pistols, and how music bridged the racial divide in his town in the late 70s as well as why he likes to hang out with oddballs, the avant-garde New York scene and a fight he once had with Allen Ginsberg.'
An experimental film for The Pop Group’s 1978 track 'Blood Money (Slow Thief)' by Mark Stewart, Peter Harris & Llyr Williams
'Blood Money (Slow Thief)' is taken from 'Alien Blood', an additional album included in the deluxe limited edition box sets released on November 1st as part of the 40th anniversary reissue of The Pop Group's debut album 'Y'
Brooklyn Vegan premiere the video of the previously unreleased studio version of 'Kiss The Book' available on the upcoming album 'Alien Blood' and released as part of the 40th Anniversary reissue of 'Y'.
'The Pop Group‘s debut album, Y, is one of the definitive post-punk artifacts. For its 40th anniversary, Mute Records is reissuing Y in a deluxe edition. The vinyl has been half-speed mastered at Abbey Road & comes with a bonus 12″ of “She is Beyond Good and Evil.” There’s also a box set version that includes Alien Blood (which features rare and unreleased tracks) and Y Live.
The opening cut of Alien Blood is “Kiss the Book,” a tense, taught track that had previously only been heard via a 1978 Peel Session. This studio version was excavated from the original 2” tapes and The Pop Group have made a video for it as well, made by artist and filmmaker Daniel Kramer aka The Visceral Glitch'
40th Anniversary reissue of 'Y' out November 1st on Mute Records
(please note 3CD and black vinyl box set for US customers out November 22nd)