The 80’s band Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) formed in Stourbridge, England in 1986. This band is definitely not for the faint of heart. In a huge departure from this site’s usual spotlight on 80s New Wave, Gothic, and post-punk bands comes a hard-core, cutting edge group that defies classification. Using elements of punk, New Wave, industrial, and alternative, flavored with a healthy dose of angst and fury, Pop Will Eat Itself couldn’t be any further removed from “pop,” which makes their nickname, the Poppies, ironic indeed. Think anti-Milli Vanilli in its most extreme form, and you will only begin to scratch the surface of the sound that PWEI generates full steam ahead.
PWEI produced a lot of music that seemed destined for a very narrow audience. It was definitely ahead of the 90s proto-punk industrial wave curve, but the path the band was forging remained largely ignored. Consisting of highly trained and experienced musicians from diverse backgrounds, Pop Will Eat Itself stormed into the music scene, oblivious of trends, and making music that suited their own creative needs. Little did the world know that these raw and unrefined musicians were forming a strong foundation for the 90s.
Check this band out. It may not be your taste, but listen with an open mind. It’s a trip to go back with a fresh set of ears and see how a raucous, noisy, and vital band “quietly” influenced a genre of music that was evolving and at the ready to take its place in the next decade. PWEI are unsung visionaries who contributed a whole lot more than the mere sum of their parts to the music industry.
Purchase Pop Will Eat Itself music here.
“Def Con One” via YouTube user apesgrapes:
“Their Law” (cover) via YouTube user tabanger:
“Bulletproof” via YouTube user Smoggychris:
“Can U Dig It?” via YouTube user DEFFX39:
“Not Now James We’re Busy” via YouTube user 1michelemichele1:
Box Frenzy (1987)
Now for a Feast! (1988)
This Is the Day…This Is the Hour…This Is This! (1989)
Cure for Sanity (1990)
The Looks or the Lifestyle? (1992)
Weird’s Bar and Grill (Live) (1993)
16 Different Flavours of Hell (Best of) (1993)
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994)
Two Fingers My Friends! (1995)
Wise Up Suckers (BMG best of) (1996)
The Radio 1 Sessions 1986-87 (1997)
PWEI Product 1986-1994 (Anthology) (2002)