The Pop Group

Salon Y | An evening of assemblage, provocations & auto destructive sound art curated by The Pop Group

Friday, 1st November 2019

Rough Trade East

Doors 6:00pm
On-stage 7:00pm
Signing after show

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The Pop Group's Mark Stewart & Gareth Sager will be in-store at Rough Trade East for an evening of TPG DJs, a masterclass in dub destruction with Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell, a voyage into sound with Eric Random, Hi-fi Twins security, and “Disco” Dick ‘O’Dell [Y era manager] shares recollections & untold stories. You can also expect David Ellis's "Crash Report No:9A", a spoken micro-digression with film by Simon Tsyzko on "ideologically tainted Western Pop" under Nicolae Ceausescu's regime.


The evening celebrates the 40th Anniversary release of 'Y (Definitive Edition)', released 1st November via MUTE.




6.00pm | Album/ Ticket collection + doors open

7.00pm | Event starts

8.15pm | Album signing

9.00pm | Finish / store closes

*Please note these times are subject to change.


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The Pop Group are a group that have consistently stretched the boundaries of what is conceivable. With the forthcoming extensive reissue of their debut album Y, one of their finest and most celebrated achievements is renewed and expanded.

Originally released on the 20 April 1979, Y represents a stunning culmination of The Pop Group’s crucial nonconformity. Preceded by a meteoric rise in recognition, Y firmly realised the latent potential of the group’s early years. From playing Bristol youth clubs to early gigs supporting Pere Ubu and Patti Smith to gracing the front covers of NME and Melody Maker, The Pop Group’s progression to the forefront had been swift. With the recording of Y, The Pop Group were to build on the promise of these earlier experiences and of their first recordings, delivering a debut album that transcends most, if not all, classification and one that exists in a league of its own.

Upon release, Y soon became a pivotal and epochal classic. In the years since release, its relevance has stood undiminished; an accomplishment that has lost none of its fearless sense of ambition and attack.

The album was produced by dub maestro Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell, with Y becoming his first non-reggae project. The group’s decision to collaborate with Bovell is emblematic of the risk and range found on Y, where tracks are adeptly moulded with reverb, delays, tape loops and a range of other studio treatments. The results corral all of the captivating mixing desk ingenuity that Bovell had been previously applying to UK reggae and lovers rock, making for a record that ventures into altogether unchartered territory.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the album, the band are releasing the definitive edition of Y that includes the non-album single, ‘She Is Beyond Good & Evilplus two additional albums Alien Blood and Y Live, as well as an extensive booklet and art prints. The vinyl remaster has been and cut at half-speed at Abbey Road. A super deluxe version of the box set limited to 500 copies will include 180gm Inca gold vinyl pressings with two signed prints.