By Evan Minsker
Photo by Chaira Meattelli and Dominic Lee
Post-punk greats the Pop Group have announced a reissue of We Are Time, a 1980 collection of early live and studio recordings. They’re also putting out Cabinet of Curiosities, a new compilation of rarities. Both are out October 21 via Freaks R Us (an imprint of Kartel/Amped). More reissues of the group’s back catalogue will follow in the future.
The band are also offering a limited supply of exclusive memorabilia via Pledge Music with surplus proceeds going to Campaign Against Arms Trade. Info will be available on the Pop Group’s Facebook and Twitter.
Frontman Mark Stewart and guitarist Gareth Sager discussed We Are Time in a press release.
Stewart: The Pop Group was mutating so fast right from the start that it was crucial to document those first experiments with this compilation. We Are Time is really the’ teenage Pop Group album. It’s full of defiance and the material demonstrates the band’s staunch independence and our really early DIY ethic before the studio became another instrument.
Sager: [We were] trying in an inexplicably naive manner to combine Patti Smith’s Rimbaud ramblings, James Brown, the Stooges, Roxy Music, T. Rex and classical aleatoric music. You can hear the results of this on tracks Genius Or Lunatic,’ Colour Blind,’ Trap,’ Sense Of Purpose,’ Kiss The Book’ and We Are Time. … Soon after this the band were bringing in other influences, Ornette Coleman, King Tubby, Funkadelic, Debussy, Jacques Brel, Fela Kuti, Steve Reich and then you get Thief of Fire.’
Cabinet of Curiosities features a version of “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” produced by Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay. It also features BBC John Peel session tracks and a few unreleased songs.
This fall, the Pop Group will embark on a UK tour, performing We Are Time in full. Dates below.
St. Vincent has been known to cover “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” at her shows.
We Are Time
02 Thief of Fire
03 Genius Or Lunatic
04 Colour Blind
05 Spanish Inquisition
06 Kiss The Book
07 Amnesty Report
09 Sense of Purpose
10 We Are Time
Cabinet of Curiosities
01 Where There’s A Will
02 She Is Beyond Good And Evil
03 Colour Blind
04 Words Disobey Me
05 Don’t Sell Your Dreams
06 We Are Time
07 Abstract Heart
08 Amnesty Report III
09 Karen’s Car
The Pop Group:
10-20 Edinburgh, Scotland – The Voodoo Rooms
10-21 Nottingham, England – The Bodega Social Club
10-22 Manchester, England – Gorilla
10-23 Bristol, England – Anson Rooms
10-24 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
10-25 Brighton, England – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
10-26 London, England- Islington Assembly Hall
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