Pop Will Eat Itself ‎– Cure For Sanity

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All versions of this album credit track 7 as 'Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina (Edited Highlights)', irrespective of which mix is included. However, only the 4:40 edit of 'Cicciolina' is '(Edited Highlights)'. Where the 7:41 version is included, it should be subtitled '(Extra Time Mix)'.

Tracklist

The Incredible P.W.E.I Vs. The Moral Majority 1:33
Dance Of The Mad Bastards 5:30
88 Seconds...& Still Counting 3:53
X Y & Zee 4:35
City Zen Radio 1990/2000 FM 0:49
Dr. Nightmare's Medication Time 3:10
Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina (Extra Time Mix) 7:40
1000x No! 3:27
Psychosexual 2:10
Axe Of Men 4:20
Another Man's Rhubarb 4:11
Medicine Man Speak With Forked Tongue 0:31
Nightmare At 20,000 FT 4:12
Very Metal Noise Pollution 1:26
92°F (The 3rd Degree) 5:37
Lived In Spendour: Died In Chaos 5:05
The Beat That Refused To Die 1:39

Versions (23)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PL 74828, PL74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album) RCA, RCA PL 74828, PL74828 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
2485-2-R Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album) RCA 2485-2-R US 1990 Sell This Version
PD 74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album) RCA PD 74828 Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
PD 74828, PD74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album) RCA, RCA, BMG Records (UK) Ltd., BMG Records (UK) Ltd. PD 74828, PD74828 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
2485-2-R Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, Lon) RCA 2485-2-R US 1990 Sell This Version
PK74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album) RCA PK74828 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
PK74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album) RCA PK74828 Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
2485-4-R The Pop Will Eat Itself* Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album, Dol) RCA 2485-4-R Canada 1990 Sell This Version
2485-4-R The Pop Will Eat Itself* Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album, H, ) RCA 2485-4-R US 1990 Sell This Version
none Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album, Promo) Not On Label none UK 1990 Sell This Version
150.7027 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album) RCA 150.7027 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
PL 74828 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album, Gat) RCA PL 74828 Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
150.7027 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album, Promo) RCA 150.7027 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
BVCP-35 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album) RCA BVCP-35 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
2485-2-R Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album) RCA 2485-2-R Canada 1991 Sell This Version
BVCP-35 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, Promo) RCA BVCP-35 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
PD75023, PD 75023 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, RE) RCA, RCA, BMG (UK) Ltd., BMG (UK) Ltd., Chapter 22, Chapter 22 PD75023, PD 75023 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
PK 75023 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(Cass, Album, RE) RCA PK 75023 UK 1991 Sell This Version
PL 75041, PL75041-7 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE) RCA, RCA PL 75041, PL75041-7 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
PL 75023, PL75023 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(LP, Album, RE) RCA, RCA PL 75023, PL75023 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDBRED 505, CDBRED505 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Exp) Cherry Red, Cherry Red CDBRED 505, CDBRED505 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
74321 15791 2 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, RE) RCA 74321 15791 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
74321 15791-2 Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity(CD, Album, RE, RP) RCA 74321 15791-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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themilkman

themilkman

February 27, 2015
referencing Cure For Sanity, CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM, Exp, CDBRED 505, CDBRED505

All the way back when this was originally released, I bought the CD without having heard a single track from PWEI, just because I loved the artwork. It was around the time I bought the first LFO album, also on the strength of its cover. I fell in love with Warp and with the work of the Designers Republic. Cure For Sanity didn't really sound like anything I was into, but it had such a great energy and great tunes. Both Cure For Sanity and its predecessor, This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!, remained firm favourites for quite a few years, but the albums that followed were far more patchy and lacklustre, and, above all, lacked the enormous sense of fun that fuelled these two records, and these two records were all but forgotten for a few years.

I recently dug them up and played them for the first time in many years, and I realised just how much fun Cure For Sanity was. Right from its opening sequence (that sermon is just so good) to its last moment, it's a massive roller coaster of hip hop, dance, indie and rock all thrown in together, with very little planning (it seems) other than, well, this enormous thirst for thundering grooves (Dance Of The Mad Bastards and 88 Seconds...& Still Counting are just so thrilling, Nightmare At 20,000 FT or 92°F (apart perhaps for Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina), are also pretty cool, and the rest is still worth a re-visit, at least).

The album certainly is of its time, and has therefore aged a fair bit. It does sound very 1990s, and bares much of its ticks and gimmicks, but is it such a bad thing? Not really if you cherish that era in music. The addition of some pretty great remixes is definitely welcome, none more than the dreamy reworking of X, Y & Zee, already my favourite track on the album which is turned into quite a hazy hip chill out tune, and made completely magical.

Was Cure For Sanity a good record back then, I don't quite know, but it is definitely not the worst by far made in the early 1990s and it has such a sense of fun and disrespect to pretty much anything that it is still a pretty thrilling listen now.
LemonDropKid

LemonDropKid

January 31, 2011
referencing Cure For Sanity, CD, Album, 2485-2-R

From the Notes section:

"Main artist appears as 'The Pop Will Eat Itself' on the cover, in the booklet and on the spines. 'Pop Will Eat Itself' appears on the CD."

I don't think the intent on the cover is to bill them as "The Pop Will Eat Itself" but rather to refer to the title in whole as "The Pop Will Eat Iself Cure for Sanity."