POP WILL EAT ITSELF + ABDOUJAPAROV – CHALK, BRIGHTON 11.12.21
Having lately witnessed an gratifying live performance from Gaye Bykers On Acid (see our evaluation HERE), I famous that band member Mary Byker can be in Pop Will Eat Itself. “Ah ha!” I believed to myself, I do know the place I will likely be on Saturday eleventh December 2021 at CHALK reside live performance venue the place I will likely be experiencing an evening of dance and jollification courtesy of ‘The Poppies’ or should you desire Pop Will Eat Itself aka PWEI.
Pop Will Eat Itself final performed reside in our metropolis almost three years in the past once they thrilled music lovers at the Concorde 2 on twenty first December 2018. Their 19 track setlist on that evening included a few implausible cowl variations, the Prodigy’s ‘Their Law’ and Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’ an excellent tribute to the late Buzzcocks frontman who had died a couple of weeks beforehand on sixth December.
Pop Will Eat Itself shaped within the West Midlands again in 1986 and within the following decade that they had some nice chart success, with hits together with ‘Def. Con. One’, ‘Can U Dig It’, ‘Wise Up! Sucker’ and my fave a canopy of Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s ‘Love Missile F1-11’.
In 1996 they known as it a day, solely to briefly reform in 2005 and now have been again collectively since 2010 and they’ve gone down a storm at Festivals and bought out exhibits across the nation together with the Indie Daze Festival 2015 and 2016.
The present Pop Will Eat Itself line-up are Graham Crabb (unique drummer, later co-frontman/vocalist and major songwriter), Richard March (unique member and later Bentley Rhythm Ace), unique member Adam Mole (keyboards), vocalist Mary Byker (Gaye Bykers On Acid, Apollo 440), drummer Fuzz Townshend (Bentley Rhythm Ace, General Public) and bassist Davey Bennett (This Burning Age).
Such is the joy across the band that Cherry Red Records have launched a 75 monitor 4CD set of PWEI profession spanning work. It’s entitled ‘PWEI: Def Comms 86-18’ and you possibly can seize yours HERE.
Tonight on a chilly winter evening at CHALK we witnessed ‘The Poppies Strike Back’ as they carried out an 84 minute blaster consisting of 19 profession spanning tunes and a canopy model. During the set I used to be to see the error of my methods as amazingly this was my very first encounter with ‘The Poppies’ and I used to be perplexed as to why this was my debut live performance for them. Back within the day, they had been at all times at the fringes of what I preferred and they even lined Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s ‘Love Missile F1-11’ which I dutifully bought on 12”, however I simply didn’t go and see them reside. I assume that ‘Sputnik’, The Shamen, Utah Saints, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb and arduous CORPS merely had extra draw for me.
Very late to the ‘Poppies’ social gathering, I got here on board from 8:15pm, when their intro tape blasted out ‘The Incredible P.W.E.I. vs. the Moral Majority’, which can be used as the backing for his or her tune ‘The B Side’. Just previous to them showing, the stage crew had been placing collectively interlocking rubber stage mats for the duo of vocalists Graham Crabb and Mary Byker to springboard on and thus acquire extra peak. This was a effective concept for the mere mortals, however must you be a sure quantity 7 for Manchester United, you then wouldn’t have wanted them.
The format of the band this night was the aforementioned duo of lead vocalists together with a keyboardist and guitarist (not at the identical time!), a bass participant (who seemed like a dreadlocked model of Sputnik’s Tony James), one other guitarist, and lastly a drummer. To our left (stage proper) there was additionally a laptop computer which little question dealt with the entire programming.
They opened with ‘Dance Of The Mad Bastards’ which had bundles of funky guitar and drums over layered with Run DMC type vocals. An ideal alternative to put out your stall and thus the punters reacted accordingly and bounced round and a number of round me at the centre entrance had been singing alongside to all of the phrases from all of tonight’s tunes. There was no let up as a trio of tunes adopted in succession and not using a actual break. Those being ‘Not Now James, We’re Busy…’, ‘Can U Dig It?’ and ‘Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!’ The alternative of those first 4 was ‘Can U Dig It?’ which was superior! The crowd had been in a comparatively managed frenzy.
After a few tracks, they unleashed a comparatively new quantity ‘The Poppies Strike Back’ which I Am knowledgeable that it greater than probably had its reside debut a 12 months in the past again on twelfth December final 12 months at Islington Assembly Hall in London. This was a very first rate rave tune and I cherished it, though the keys weren’t loud sufficient for my liking. It appeared that each monitor was twin vocal and drumming led and moderately funky.
Next up was the moderately great ‘Nightmare At 20,000ft’, which had a superb guitar riff akin to Isaac Hayes ‘Theme From Shaft’. This PWEI corker was the most effective tracks tonight and fairly presumably received its inspiration from the traditional 1963 black and white ‘Twilight Zone‘ episode that includes William Shatner (that’s Captain Kirk to the remainder of us) who was the one passenger on an airline flight to note a hideous creature wandering across the wing of the aircraft whereas it’s in flight.
‘Bulletproof!’ was first rate and its “aha, aha” lyrics jogged my memory of the timeless ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’ hit by KC & The Sunshine Band. This was adopted by crowd favorite ‘Def. Con. One’ with its Buzzcocks ‘Something’s Gone Wrong Again’ backbeat. It’s a traditional, however nonetheless didn’t pressure me to order a “Big Mac, fries to go…” on the best way house! After this got here ‘Wake Up! Time To Die…’ which by some means jogged my memory of Placebo.
The sextet vacated the stage after this and returned to carry out at least a half dozen numbers, beginning with ‘Ich Bin Ein Ausländer’ which we had been knowledgeable was written by band co-founder Clint Mansell. After this got here the ridiculously brief, 82 second ‘Very Metal Noise Pollution’ ditty adopted by the even shorter 61 second ‘Candydiosis’ punk traditional.
‘Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina’ was the penultimate quantity and arguably not as good as most of the earlier tracks, nonetheless, closing quantity ‘Their Law’ which is a canopy of The Prodigy tune, definitely received the combined aged punters going mad and at 9:39pm it was time for the fella to move to the entrance of the stage and take a nicely earned bow!
In conclusion……..luvved it! More please!
Pop Will Eat Itself setlist:
‘The Incredible P.W.E.I. vs. the Moral Majority’ (intro tape)
‘Dance Of The Mad Bastards’
‘Not Now James, We’re Busy…’
‘Can U Dig It?’
‘Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!’
‘Wise Up! Sucker’
‘X Y & Zee’
‘The Poppies Strike Back’
‘Nightmare At 20,000ft’
‘Chaos & Mayhem’
‘Def. Con. One’
‘Wake Up! Time To Die…’
‘Ich Bin Ein Ausländer’
‘Very Metal Noise Pollution’
‘Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina’
‘Their Law’ (The Prodigy cowl)
More on PWEI HERE.
Support this night got here within the type of the unusually named Abdoujaparov, which is the present work of none apart from Les Carter who was one half of the favored Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. (Back on the day, I hear that they performed a good gig at The Zap Club on nineteenth June 1990). His nickname is ‘Fruitbat’ and Abdoujaparov is known as after the drug-taking street racing bicycle owner Djamolidine Mirgarifanovich Abdoujaparov from Uzbekistan.
The temper was definitely set simply previous to Abdoujaparov taking to the stage as the soundsystem was blurting out the 1985 industrial traditional ‘Don’t Crash’ by Front 242. They had been an immense band and I used to be lucky sufficient to witness them reside on two events throughout their heyday interval: Astoria Theatre, London 11.4.1989 and Brixton Academy 6.10.1993.
This was additionally to be my second encounter with Abdoujaparov, having beforehand had the enjoyment of seeing their set at the twenty fourth annual Glastonwick pageant on Friday thirty first May 2019. That exact same evening I used to be proper down the entrance for the Angelic Upstarts efficiency, the place I reported “I reckon that this Glastonwick gig should certainly be proper up there as certainly one of their greatest performances. They had been simply the most effective act of the day for me and this was their best gig that I’ve to date witnessed and probably the most enjoyable I’ve had at a gig for ages!” Tragically their iconic frontman Thomas Mensforth aka ‘Mensi’ died on tenth December 2021, aged 65, after being contaminated with COVID-19.
Tonight at CHALK, Abdoujaparov took to the stage at 7:15pm as a sextet and carried out an all too brief 32 minute set consisting of ten numerous numbers. To be trustworthy, there was truly time for them to have performed the meant 11 songs, however ‘Fingers’ was omitted.
The Abdoujaparov personnel has arguably modified extra occasions since their formation in 1998, than that of The Fall. According to their family tree there are up to now at least 75 incarnations! Thus I’m not completely positive who all of them had been this night. The format of the half dozen gents was frontman Les Carter on lead vocals and Fender Telecaster guitar, and the others had been taking good care of: backing vocals and Rickenbacker bass; Gibson Les Paul guitar; drums; Yamaha CP keys; and Yamaha MOTIF ES7 synth.
Their materials was all tracks that you would be able to faucet your ft to. Not surprisingly the Abdoujaparov sound is a mix of softer punk meets Carter USM with comedy moments thrown in. New quantity ‘George’ (certainly one of a trio of cuts this night taken from newest platter ‘Race Home Grow Love’) was certainly one of their set highlights. It has that likeable indie pop vibe sound like heyday Pulp and Blur meets Blondie’s ‘Atomic’. Following quantity ‘Brixton Flippin Riots’ was definitely a swinging quantity with a 60’s really feel.
‘If You Want To Save The World (Listen To The Girl)’ was a bass and drum led retro monitor that John Peel would have cherished. ‘There’s A Monster in My Garden’ was extra within the realm of lyrically The Lovely Eggs however musically not so. ‘Where Was the Love?’ was awarded the loudest applause up to now from the CHALK viewers.
‘Emergency Medical Hologram’ (a nod to ‘Star Trek Voyager‘ perhaps?) was an actual rocker and one other set spotlight for me. Penultimate quantity ‘Maria’s Umbrella’ was like The Clash however not lyrically a couple of severe subject material. Closing monitor ‘Fish Face’ began like The Damned with the rumbly bass and moved into Dead Kennedys territory meets a delicate model of Blitz ‘No Survivors’. At 7:47pm they had been carried out and vacated the CHALK stage.
In summing up, Abdoujaparov are a enjoyable time jovial gentle punk outfit that ought to be greater than they’re and additionally play extra native gigs in order that we will all go and get pleasure from their sound over and over once more.
‘Abdoujaparov Theme (Singalonga-Abdou)’
‘Aren’t We All (Hero)’
‘Brixton Flippin Riots’
‘If You Want To Save The World (Listen To The Girl)’
‘Where Was the Love?’
‘There’s A Monster In My Garden’
‘Emergency Medical Hologram’
On twenty fourth November the model new 12 track ‘Race Home Grow Love’ album was launched. Find it on Bandcamp.
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