POP WILL EAT ITSELF: Anti-Nasty League: CD

After coming back in 2011 with the New Noise Designed By A Sadist album and a couple of EPs, PWEI have come back with an album that has the best of the classic sound mixed with modern touches. These twelve tracks will not be available on iTunes, Spotify or any digital platforms, although an immediate digital version is downloadable with each physical purchase.

One thing you noticed while listening to this album is just how angry, bitter about politics, racism and the crappy way the music industry is today this band is. “21st Century Civil War” starts things off with an anthemic blast that tells of bigotry and elitism that sticks in your head and makes you think. “They Can’t Take (What You Won’t Let ‘Em Have)” continues the powerful messages and is a tight song. “Middle East Street Party” rails against the puppet masters of corporate globalisation and hits hard in message as well as in beats. “Digital Meltdown” is a thrilling song that has energy to spare. “Middle East Street Party” is a fantastic song with great lyrics and a nice mix of electronics and blazing guitar playing. “Sacrifice And Pain” starts off softly and then explodes and gets you up and dancing. “Watch The Bitch Blow” sounds like Slayer getting into a blender with Nine Inch Nails and becoming a mixture that works perfectly together. “Director’s Cut” has a nice reggae vibe that’s mixed with Rammstein heaviness and is a terrific song. The bonus song, which brings the total to thirteen songs, is a song that sounds like it could have been on one of their ’90s albums and was another standout song.

An album of powerful sounds and lyrics to make you think and dance, great exercise for the head and the feet. It’s great to have these guys back and I hope that the band keeps building momentum and grabs fans old and new to take the Poppies all over the world and turn people onto their revolution.

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POP WILL EAT ITSELF: Now For A Feast 25th Anniversary Edition: CD

In 1986, Pop Will Eat Itself burst onto the UK independent scene with a flurry of energetic, punk infused singles, this set charts this first year of the band’s career, including seven previously unheard demos and live cuts from the band’s own archives and a number of later b-sides. Including a previously unreleased song (Summer Girl), early incarnations of tracks re-recorded and released in later years and demos of the impossible to find debut EP by Wild and Wandering (the name the band operated under before becoming PWEI).

With full co-operation and support from the band members, and including both an essay and sleeve-notes from keyboardist/guitarist Adam Mole, this is a great way to hear what PWEI sounded like on their way to the hip-hop influenced band that they turned into. You can hear the punk rock mixed into their sound, giving a sound close to Jesus And The Mary Chain in spots, and then the slow move towards more of the sound that made then bigger names in the press in a few years. The sound changes into a more electronic, but still indie sound that is exciting to hear even now. The band was always one that I had listened to back in the ’80s, but never got really big into until This Is the Day…This Is the Hour…This Is This! came out and I saw the video for “Wise Up Sucker.” A few months later I saw the video for “Love Missile F1-11” on Much Music and loved them even more, and a fan to this day was born. I have played their songs a lot of times while DJing and always look forward to hearing anything that I haven’t heard before, so this double CD collection is perfect. It gathers up songs that I didn’t have before and tons that I’ve never heard and put a smile on my face. Yes the songs aren’t all from the original tapes because a lot was lost, but the sound has been cleaned up and sounds great, plus it shows them at an earlier time with the demos and a live song, stuff you may never have had a chance to hear before.

This is a true treasure trove for fans and shows just how much fun music was back then, not all goofy pop songs, some people actually played their hearts out…these guys for example. I’m glad that Cherry Red has put out PWEI’s music with such care and I hope that people go out and get these excellent collections.

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POP WILL EAT ITSELF featuring BNegão: Reclaim The Game (Funk FIFA): Single

PWEI have voiced their dislike for FIFA by unveiling a protest song featuring Brazilian singer/rapper BNegão. It originally came as a two song single with a radio edit and a more explicit version, changing the word “Funk” to “Fuck.”

This is a slice of pure and classic PWEI with samples and a groovy beat that will take you right back to the early / mid ’90s when they were all over the radio. In the song, PWEI unleash their dislike of FIFA and its boss Sepp Blatter. They sing about how horrible and tainted its become and show no mercy in their disdain for it all. They also ran a remix contest where the winner (best entry as judged by the band), wins a pair of tickets to the PWEI gig of their choice (travel not included) and a free signed album due in October. You can get the remix CD online or you can download it as well.

A classic song with a bitter edge from PWEI and a great message while you are watching soccer / football / futball and cheering on your team. Grab this one and shout out…”Reclaim the Game (Fuck FIFA!).”

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POP WILL EAT ITSELF: Dos Dedos Mis Amigos / A Lick of the Old Cassette Box: CD

A remastered and expanded fifth album from PWEI and now you can get to hear what would have been their sixth album for the first time. The original album has been expanded with demos and selected b-sides and remixes plus a detailed essay and liner notes from guitarist Adam Mole.

This is the album that put them on the charts around the world and got people on the dance floors and now it gets a fresh sound that gives the songs more of a clean sound with the instruments jumping into your ears and giving you a sense of the energy and power that PWEI put into this release. The songs all sound fresh and make you want to get up and dance like a madman around your house and the addition of the bonus tracks just adds to the terrific original album, including the great singles “R.S.V.P.” and “Ich Bin Ein Auslander” which I played the hell out of when this album first came out in 1994. The album goes into a more industrial direction than their previous albums, but still retains the same feel of their older albums. Their unreleased album goes even further into industrial with some techno touches as well and would have been a very good follow-up to Dos Dedos, but at least we get a chance to hear where they were going before money and life got in the way of this great band.

I had a chance to see these guys live once and had to pass it up, at least I have the chance of listening to this great remaster and enjoy them whenever I want, and now in improved sound…it’s some consolation. Grab a copy and hear what a band at the top of their game sounds like and what could have been…if only.

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