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Mark Stewart and The Maffia
Learning To Cope With Cowardice / The Lost Tapes (Definitive Edition)

Learning To Cope With Cowardice was the debut solo album by The Pop Group vocalist and post-punk pioneer Mark Stewart and The Maffia. This reissue, regarded as the definitive edition, is coupled with The Lost Tapes. Following the break-up of The Pop Group in 1980, Stewart went to New York and began picking up ideas for an industrial hip-hop sound. With the help of producer Adrian Sherwood and crack team of reggae musicians including ‘Deadly’ Headley Bennett and Bonjo Iyabinghi (African Head Charge) the vision became a reality. Originally released in 1983. Double LP and CD on Mute.
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Gareth Sager & The Hungry Ghost
Juicy Rivers

Hang on, look at the sleeve. A lion mauling a moustachioed man who is eating ....a biscuit?  It's a typically eccentric sleeve for this founding member of the Pop Group / Rip Rig & Panic and Head. Quite the career. Ten tracks of punk funk with collaborations with Jock Scot and Davey Henderson (Fire Engines etc).   
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Gareth Sager
88 Tuned Dreams

Gareth Sager, he of The Pop Group and Rip Rig & Panic, recently deployed his classical piano skills with lightning precision at a recording session at Abbey Road, turning out fourteen improvised pieces in an afternoon. The material is richly melodic and deftly performed: 88 Tuned Dreams is a very pleasant surprise from Gareth. Out on Freaks R Us.

The Pop Group / Sleaford Mods
Nations / Face To Faces

Implausible / remarkable team up here from Norman favourites Sleaford Mods and The Pop Group: a split 7” giving us a track from each. The Sleaford selection is an (even) rougher version of a track from their forthcoming album, and Mark Stewart’s boys give us one from their latest. On Freaks R Us.
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The Pop Group
Honeymoon on Mars

Post-punk pioneers the Pop Group return with new LP 'Honeymoon On Mars'. A concept album of sorts, Mark Stewart calls it "hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies". Fans of their previous work won't be disappointed: 'Honeymoon On Mars' still pertains to the band's successful hybrid of punk, free jazz, dub, funk and avant-garde elements. 
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The Pop Group
The Boy Whose Head Exploded

The Boy Whose Head Exploded is a document of the live sound of The Pop Group at the time of their For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? Peak. Fierce, harshly funky, and scouringly political. As well as the audio (on CD or picture disc), this release also has archival video footage, mostly unreleased. On Freaks R Us.
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The Pop Group
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?

An essential record from The Pop Group, reissued at last. For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? is no less boldly political than it’s title suggests, railing furiously against imperialism with Mark Stewart’s howls and the band’s tight post-punk-funk. Both CD and 2LP editions come with art prints and posters. On Freaks R Us.
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The Pop Group
We Are All Prostitutes

We Are Prostitutes by The Pop Group was originally released in 1979, a time of political discontentment. This 7” is a timely reissue of a track which Nick Cave lustily referred to as “violent, paranoid music for a violent, paranoid time”. The single is backed with Amnesty International Report which bemoaned the treatment of Irish prisoners by the British army, with lyrics lifted directly from the Amnesty International report of the time. Limited 1000 copies on coloured vinyl.
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The Pop Group
Cabinet of Curiosities

You can thank abstract punk scientists the Pop Group for making your favourite loud music just a little bit weirder. Their small discography of records in the late 70s comprised of bizarre futuristic punk rock that challenged the genre's conventions and straight-laced songwriting. 'Cabinet of Curiosities' is a new collection of tracks reworked and unheard, including "She Is Beyond Good And Evil", a track that's since been popularized by another punk-sabotaging musician: St. Vincent.  There's a previously unreleased song on this collection called "Abstract Heart", and if you ask me, it's a title that sums up the Pop Group perfectly: their emotive force, and their punk influence, was an endless puzzle. 
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The Pop Group
We Are Time

The Pop Group were anything but. Their abstract punk was its whole own aesthetic, chaotic and furious and often throwing structure to the wind. They released two records: their scattershot noise debut 'Y', which went on to inspire artists such as St. Vincent and resembled other devilish post-punks of the day, like The Birthday Party, and the slightly longer titled and more obviously political 'For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?'. With little actual music from the band available, 'We Are Time' collects rarities and oddballs from their time together. DIY as ever, the music on 'We Are Time' was reported by guitarist Gareh Sager to have been inspired as much by old punks like Patti Smith as by jazz and Steve Reich. Of course. Tracks: Trap Thief Of Fire Genius Or Lunatic Colour Blind Spanish Inquisition Kiss The Book Amnesty Report Springer Sense Of Purpose We Are Time
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The Pop Group
Citizen Zombie

With a name like that, you best be either hella catchy or good at making jokes. Of course, post-punk’s enfants terribles The Pop Group are both, and eager to show themselves off to you once again. Their first release in 35 years, Citizen Zombie is sure to be a relief to those long-time fans who have missed them so much.
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The Pop Group
Y

Y by The Pop Group was their debut album, originally released in 1979. The post-punk band from Bristol were seen as pioneers of the genre. They mixed jazz, reggae and dub influences with punk to create something quite original. The band claim they were trying to mix Funkadelic with Captain Beefheart to see what happened.
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