The Pop Group ‎– Y

Radar Records (5) ‎– RAD 20
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Thief Of Fire
A2 Snowgirl
A3 Blood Money
A4 Savage Sea
A5 We Are Time
B1 Words Disobey Me
B2 Don't Call Me Pain
B3 The Boys From Brazil
B4 Don't Sell Your Dreams

Companies, etc.




Rough Trade Records Ltd.
℗&©1979 Radarscope Records
Radarscope Records Ltd. Trading As Radar Records In Association With WEA Records Ltd. A Warner Communications Co.
Made In U.K.

Includes a large fold out collage poster with lyrics.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): RAD 20 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): RAD 20 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout groove etching): W-3 RAD 20 A3 - EG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout groove etching): ·STRAWBERRY· W-2 RAD 20 B3

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RAD 20 The Pop Group Y(LP, Album) Radar Records (5) RAD 20 UK 1979 Sell This Version
WPCR-722 The Pop Group Y(CD, Album, RE) Radar Records (5) WPCR-722 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
RAD 20 The Pop Group Y(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Radar Records (13) RAD 20 2014 Sell This Version
PRO SCAN 14 The Pop Group Y(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Radar Records (5) PRO SCAN 14 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
RAD 20 The Pop Group Y(LP, Album) Radar Records (5) RAD 20 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version


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February 11, 2013
Not quite as incendiary as they could be live, but still pretty gosh-darned coruscating and, er, heavy.


November 25, 2012
edited over 3 years ago

One of the high-water marks of uk post-punk from the golden age. The Pop Group forged a rare and beautiful amalgam of punk, funk, dub, free noise and art-pop, possibly only exceeded in quality by The Homosexuals or (early) Chrome (but they were US). Amazing to think they were still in their teens when they cut this masterpiece. Appointing the reggae/ dub genius Dennis Bovelle as producer was an absolute master-stroke - sending an already fabulously visionary sound into completely hitherto uncharted sonic territory.
The upbeat funk monsters Thief Of Fire and We Are Time still sound ahead of the game - but its the uncanny avant-ballads like Snowgirl and Savage Sea that now sound like the future. A future from 1979 that we never got to hear. Nobody - not even The Pop Group could follow this one up (the 2nd album isn't so good imo).
The cd version of Y adds the essential single She Is Beyond Good and Evil with its avant-dub b-side 3'38". I hesitate to end on a negative note - but I mark the Pop Group down very slightly due to the employment of some very dodgy lyrics; "soldiers march through your eyes" or "like a dancing flame on a bed of nails" indeed.


May 14, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

The Best Record of period Post Punk, no discussion. 5 Stars for Pop Group. Absolutely classic.