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The Pop Group were never pop. They were an aggressive, forward-thinking, legendary group from Bristol, England, that helped put the “post” in postpunk. This reissue of the 1980 rarities compilation We Are Time is part of a greater reissue program that includes the additional rarities collection Cabinet of Curiosities and future projects. Singer Mark Stewart and saxophonist Gareth Sager battle here for the front lines, while the rhythm section is positively funky and brutal. The studio demos for “Trap” and “Sense of Purpose” are neat and compact compared to the mad aggression that highlights the live performances (“Thief of Fire,” the title track). 


Formed: 1977 in Bristol, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

However one might describe their music, the Pop Group most certainly were not a pop group, and while they rose to popularity as the first wave of British punk had yet to break, they weren't really punk either, through their aggressive fusion of funk, noise, dub, free jazz, proto-punk, post-beat poetics, and untold volumes of forbidden knowledge could probably have only coalesced in 1977, a time when the rules of rock and its subgenres seemed to have been temporarily suspended in the U.K. The Pop...
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