Pop Will Eat Itself

Pop Will Eat Itself

In 1986, the line-up of singer and guitarist Clint Mansell, guitarist and keyboardist Adam Mole, bassist Richard March, and drummer Graham Crabb formed as Wild And Wandering in the English town of Stourbridge. After some months and one e.p. they changed their name to Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) and earned attention from the indie scene for their first e.p., The Poppies Say Grrr! on Chapter 22. At the time they played short, fast, slightly psychedelic punk-pop tunes and went on with that for three more e.p.'s before starting to incorporate house and hip hop beats and samples on Beaver Patrol. By autumn 1987 PWEI released their first album, Box Frenzy, with some tunes leaning towards new wave, some towards hip hop and acid house. A drum machine called Dr. Nightmare was installed and Graham Crabb took the second microphone.

After the 12" Def.Con.One PWEI signed a deal with RCA and released Can U Dig It? in 1989, which would be the first of 12 PWEI singles going UK top 40. In the same year their seminal second album This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This! appeared to public and critical acclaim for its witty fusion of rock and electronic music.
PWEI opted for an even more electronic, slightly darker and moodier approach on Cure For Sanity, their third album, which appeared in 1990 alongside PWEI's alternative soccer world cup theme, Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina, a fusion of dub and acid house.

Electronics took a backseat on 1992's The Looks Or The Lifestyle, when Fuzz Townshend was brought in as a drummer. PWEI reinvented themselves as grungey groovers and released Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! as their highlight single. PWEI had been sacked by RCA at the time the single went number 9 in the UK in early 1993.

The band signed with Infectious in the UK and Nothing in the US and released R.S.V.P., Ich Bin Ein Auslander, and Everything's Cool as singles in 1993 and 1994. The tunes displayed a development from where they had left towards dark industrial rock. The mixture on their fifth album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos was received well and won the band many new fans.

Nonetheless, the band only released the remix album Two Fingers My Friends after that and collapsed upon the departure of Graham Crabb in 1996. Crabb released an album as Golden Claw Musics, Richard March went on to form Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fuzz Townshend went solo, and Clint Mansell has done film soundtracks. In 2005, a reunion tour and new songs were announced, but the reformation fizzled out by the end of the year.

In 2010, in the wake of the dissolution of Vile Evils, Graham Crabb announced his intention to reconstitute PWEI. By 2011, Crabb had recruited new band members, and PWEI released a new album, New Noise Designed By A Sadist, and went on tour.

Pop Will Eat Itself Discography


RTD 64 Pop Will Eat Itself Box Frenzy (Album, Comp) Chapter 22 RTD 64 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
9742-2-R Pop Will Eat Itself This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This! (Album) RCA 9742-2-R Canada 1989 Sell This Version
150.7027 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity (Album) RCA 150.7027 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
74321 10265 2 Pop Will Eat Itself The Looks Or The Lifestyle? (Album) RCA 74321 10265 2 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321 13343 2 Pop Will Eat Itself At Weirds Bar And Grill (Album) RCA 74321 13343 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
INFECT 10CD Pop Will Eat Itself Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (Album) Infectious Records INFECT 10CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
INFECT 10LPR Pop Will Eat Itself Two Fingers My Friends! (Album, Comp) Infectious Records INFECT 10LPR UK 1995 Sell This Version
CCEIL00033, CCEIL00036 Pop Will Eat Itself Reformation: Shepherd's Bush Empire, January 24th, 2005 (Album) Instant Live CCEIL00033, CCEIL00036 UK 2005 Sell This Version
CCEIL00031 Pop Will Eat Itself Reformation: Carling Academy Birmingham, January 23rd, 2005 (Album) Instant Live CCEIL00031 UK 2005 Sell This Version
COOKCD545-CDR Pop Will Eat Itself New Noise Designed By A Sadist (Album) Cooking Vinyl COOKCD545-CDR UK 2011 Sell This Version
CDLHN98 Pop Will Eat Itself On Patrol In The UK 2012(2xCDr) Abbey Road Live Here Now CDLHN98 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BRED569 Pop Will Eat Itself A Lick Of The Old Cassette Box(LP, Album, Ltd, Ora) Cherry Red BRED569 UK 2013 Sell This Version
RUMJOINT0005CD1 Pop Will Eat Itself Anti-Nasty League (Album) Not On Label (Pop Will Eat Itself Self-released) RUMJOINT0005CD1 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DAN 1 Pop Will Eat Itself The Poppies Say GRRrrr! (EP) Desperate Records DAN 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 CHAP 9 Pop Will Eat Itself Poppiecock Chapter 22 12 CHAP 9 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 CHAP 13 Pop Will Eat Itself Love Missile F1-11 (EP, Single) Chapter 22 12 CHAP 13 UK 1987 Sell This Version
L CHAP 16 Pop Will Eat Itself Beaver Patrol (Single) Chapter 22 L CHAP 16 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CHAP 11 Pop Will Eat Itself Sweet Sweet Pie Chapter 22 CHAP 11 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PWEI L12001 Pop Will Eat Itself Def.Con.One (Single) Chapter 22 PWEI L12001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
L CHAP 20 Pop Will Eat Itself There Is No Love Between Us Anymore (Single) Chapter 22 L CHAP 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PB 42793 Pop Will Eat Itself Wise Up! Sucker (Single) RCA PB 42793 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
9009-1-RDAB Pop Will Eat Itself Can U Dig It? (Single, Maxi) RCA 9009-1-RDAB US 1989 Sell This Version
PK 43023 Pop Will Eat Itself Very Metal Noise Pollution (EP, Single) RCA PK 43023 UK 1989 Sell This Version
PT 44026 Pop Will Eat Itself Dance Of The Mad (Single) RCA PT 44026 UK 1990 Sell This Version
PT 44244 Pop Will Eat Itself X Y & Zee (Single, Maxi) RCA PT 44244 UK 1990 Sell This Version