the grebo topic : PWEI, Gay Bikers On Acid, Zodiac Mindwarp... PWEI REUNION ?
Subject: the grebo topic : PWEI, Gay Bikers On Acid, Zodiac Mindwarp... PWEI REUNION ? Sat 10 Mar 2007 - 21:16
Pop Will Eat Itself
alt rock / alt electro / industrial
imo i'd say ir's a mix of rock, hip hop, electro and industrial.
The old band of Clint Mansell (Pi OST, Requiem of a Dream OST, etc)
Bio : Taking their name from an NME feature on the group Jamie Wednesday (later known as Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine), the archetypal grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself formed in Stourbridge, England in 1986. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Clint Mansell, keyboardist Adam Mole, drummer Graham Crabb and bassist Richard March, PWEI began their existence as a Buzzcocks-influenced indie guitar band, and issued their self-produced debut EP The Poppies Say Grrr in 1986.
While recording their follow-up Poppiecock, PWEI became immersed in sampling, drawing material from sources ranging from James Brown to Iggy Pop; soon Crabb emerged from behind his drum kit to join Mansell as co-frontman, and a drum machine was installed in his place. Honing a fusion of rock, pop and rap which they dubbed "grebo," the Poppies kickstarted a small revolution; by the release of their 1987 full-length debut Box Frenzy and the hit "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore," grebo -- the name quickly given the entire subculture of similarly grimy and raunchy bands -- was all the rage in the British music press.
The influence of hip-hop was even more pronounced on singles like "Def. Con. One." and "Can U Dig It?," both included on Pop Will Eat Itself's 1989 masterpiece This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!, their debut for RCA. "Touched by the Hand of Cicciolina," an ode to the Italian porn-actress-turned-politician, was another hit, while 1991's Cure for Sanity marked an increasing interest in dance music. By 1992's The Looks or the Lifestyle, PWEI even added a live drummer, Fuzz (born Robert Townshend), to expand their ever-mutating sound.
In early 1993, the Poppies issued their biggest U.K. hit, "Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies"; ironically, later that same year the group was dropped by RCA. After signing to Infectious in Britain, they were picked up in the U.S. by Nothing, a label owned by longtime fan Trent Reznor; sporting a harder-edged, funk-metal sound, PWEI resurfaced in 1994 with Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. Prior to the release of a 1995 remix record, Two Fingers, My Friends, Crabb exited the group to focus on his side project, Golden Claw Musics. March later gained fame in the big-beat act Bentley Rhythm Ace.
* Box Frenzy (1987) * Now for a Feast! (1988) * This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This! (1989) UK #24 * Cure for Sanity (1990) (expanded reissue in 1991) UK #33 * The Looks or the Lifestyle? (1992) UK #15 * Weird's Bar and Grill (Live) (1993) * 16 Different Flavours of Hell (Best of) (1993) * Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994) UK #11 * Two Fingers My Friends! (1995) UK #25 * Wise Up Suckers (BMG best of) (1996) * The Radio 1 Sessions 1986-87 (1997) * PWEI Product 1986-1994 (Anthology) (2002) * Reformation: Nottingham Rock City 20.01.05 (2005) * Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 22.01.05 (2005) * Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 23.01.05 (2005) * Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 24.01.05 (2005) * Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 25.01.05 (2005)
some youtube links : begin with this one : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwxCwOnJe24
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Subject: Gaye Bikers On Acid / Pop Will Eat Itself / Grebo Sat 18 Apr 2009 - 22:37
Along with Pop Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell’s band – yeah, you know Clint Mansell. Requiem For A Dream ost, that kind of stuff), “Gaye bikers on acid” (What a FUCKING COOL name – I must confess it was probably inspired by the “Gay Boys in bondage” Monty Pythons’s line, and thus co-inspired our “Gay Boys In Bondage” song title. Anyway.) , GBOA were parts of the so calld « Grebo » movement – a long forgotten UK subculture created by UK newspapers, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grebo : (Zodiac Mindwarp were sometimes associated to that movement to, even if their music was really more Heavy Metal)… Well, these days I’ve been listening again to Groovedipsoapdish, and this is a very cool album, that aged very well. A crazy mix of hi-energy rock’n’roll, madchester vibe, psychedelia and absurd humor ; like a goofy teenage Primal Scream, in a way… Really worth the listen. « World War 7 blues » is perfect !!!!! Imagine an Hawkwind song played by the Soup Dragons….
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Subject: Re: the grebo topic : PWEI, Gay Bikers On Acid, Zodiac Mindwarp... PWEI REUNION ? Sun 19 Apr 2009 - 18:01
I heard once or twice the term "grebo", but I was not aware it was a music movement, I love some PWEI but not all albums, only two in fact, but maybe one day I'll like the others. I listened to Drill your on own hole, and it's nice, I like it. But couldn't find yet the other album with "world war 7 blues". So thanks for the recommendation the other day.
It's not my intention to hover around this site, it's here for you guys to say whatever you want without feeling you're being monitored. However, having read the posts here & on vileevils.com I thought I should say something to fill in the missing gaps & nip any conspiracy theories in the bud. The misinformation is all my fault for not setting out a personal statement in the first place. So here goes;
In October of last year (2009) Adam Mole & myself forwarded a proposal to Clint, Rich & Fuzz for a 2011 reformation in honour of PWEI's 25th anniversary. The feedback was a clear and definitive No. Not only for 2011, but for good. It was the 3rd attempt at a comeback since Reformation. There will be no more.
For some of you guys, memories of PWEI remain personal, precious and you want them kept intact. I have no problem with this. There are many Clint fans for instance, and I'm one of them. Some don't wish to see a PWEI without him. I didn't either, hence the invitation, however that is now a reality. I'm also not naive enough to think there aren't those who think PWEI can only ever be the same five guys. Well, pop & rock history tends to challenge such theories.
Having contributed approx. two-thirds of all recorded PWEI output over 10 years, (64%, to be accurate, fellow geeks), I have a very real personal attachment of my own; to fulfil the latent potential of a truly great band. So here it is; a new seething, snarling, swaggering PWEI, according to Crabbi's vision. A PWEI that is rougher, tougher, sharper and stronger, that refuses to gather dust.
I'm a restless soul who doesn't sleep well. I'm the guy who refused to stay behind the drumkit. I brought innovation and new musical directions to the PWEI table. I brought the guitar riff to 'Their Law'. I brought the name Pop Will Eat Itself, even. So I can either let the majority decision dictate my own career path, or I put my belief to the test that I can honour the name of PWEI with the finest batch of songs I've ever come up with. Adam's & Fuzz's significant contributions will be valuable to this album.
The majority of songs in the the Vile Evils repertoire were Pop Will Eat Itself songs in the first place. Even before Sonic Noise Bite, 'Retro Dreaming', 'Nosebleeder Turbo TV' and 'Wasted' were (in various states of disrepair) in my original batch of demos for the aborted 6th PWEI album, before I left in 1996. I didn't wish to leave then, but asked for time out and a break in the relentless tour schedule for personal reasons. I offered to continue songwriting duties, but the band felt unable to accommodate my proposals.
In a way, these songs have come to their real home. I feel I have too. This is my true musical love. I've received fantastic encouragement from Clint & Adam, and apologies from Fuzz for being unable to commit the time. Thanks guys. The five of us always enjoy each other's company and hopefully that will continue. Next highlight for me is Bentley's at Brighton.
Now, if you really want to help, you all need to lobby Trent Reznor to mix the 6th & best PWEI album yet, just as he was set to do nearly 15 years ago. Peace, Crabbi.