Pop Will Eat Itself


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I was stunned today to find out that my favourite band, Pop Will Eat Itself, are back. Songwriter Graham Crabb sent out a press release yesterday announcing a new direction for the band, which split in 1996. It's unclear who, if anyone, will be present from the original lineup, but this is still exciting news.

Pop Will Eat Itself were way ahead of their time and they laid some of the foundations for the Britpop and indie movements that would follow in later years. They used samples and had a kind of acid industrial sound.

Clint Mansell, vocalist and all-round frontman legend, went on to write the scores for movies like Requiem for a Dream, Pi and The Wrestler. His track Lux Aeterna has been used frequently by Hollywood movie studios. Pop Will Eat Itself also worked extensively with the Sheffield-based Designers Republic.

Pop Will Eat Itself developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. It's perhaps similar to the following The KLF have always had, which was dumbed down for teenyboppers by the likes of Mixmag in recent years. I fully expect publications like the NME to run some kind of feature on Pop Will Eat Itself to get all the new rave tragedies interested.

I doubt there are many of you out there who have heard of this band. They never really achieved mega-stardom, at least not in the modern sense. Anyway, there's a new album and a tour coming this year. I for one am excited to see how it all comes together.

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