The Pop Group - Y
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1979 Ratings: #38 / 113
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
1979 Ratings: #17
Liked by 12 people
April 20, 1979 / Release Date
LP / Format
Radar / Label
Dennis Bovell, The Pop Group / Producer
Post-Punk / Genres
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Decades after its release, Y remains a challenging work that feels contemporary, and much of the experimental rock community is still trying to catch up with it.

Record Collector
The album benefited from fantastic production from reggae producer Dennis Bovell, who bound their youthful anger, primitive rhythms, free jazz, radical politics and hypnotic grooves into a seamless, terrifying and danceable whole.
The Collective Collaborative Review #4,167
This week's album was picked by the legendary PipePanic! And I must say, this is both a very interesting and compelling choice.
I was immediately pulled in by the strange cover art and the title of both the band and the album, but the oddness of this project does not stop at surface level. The music itself is unlike anything I've ever really heard before, and it took me for a bit of a surprise on first listen. "Y" is absolutely filled to the ... read more
The Dark Side Of Talking Heads.

1979 contains the best post-punk albums, everyone knows that. But what's too often overlooked is that among Gang Of Four, Pere Ubu, Wire, B-52's and Public Image, you can find one of the best bands in the wock'n'woll history: The Pop Group. The Pop Group, ironic name, you have understood, is a rabid band, violently political and ready to distribute big slaps. "Y" is a war album. Corrosive, abrasive, explosive, this album ravaged many unclean ears in ... read more
The Collective Collaborative Review #???(We took such a long break that I have no fucking clue tbh):

Post-punk in the 70s and 80s for the most part has a very particular tone/mood that I adore: darkness. Coldwave. Depression. The trend was strong and led to the creation of some amazing, classic records (Prayers on Fire by The Birthday Party, Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, etc). Within this post-punk boom however, there was a subsect who opted for a more manic, or even upbeat/funky ... read more
The Collective Collaborative Review #7: PipePanic’s Pick

This week, the album the Collective are reviewing was suggested by PipePanic! I’m pleased that he chose this, since I don’t think I’d have ever heard of this album if he hadn’t - this isn’t my go-to genre of music, and I’ve only ever rated three albums from the 70s ever. From the contrast between the band name and the freaky album art, you know not to expect anything conventional, and as expected ... read more
Almost as good-spooky-mad as their We Are Time record
So copy/paste
This record is far from flawless, not all tracks are great but it features some tracks that are almost the epitome of their radical, funky, raw, shamanic madness. Any record that includes music like We are Time - She´s beyond Good and Evil - Thief of Fire is a straight 90+ to me. Why? Because I never heard anything that stuck in my brain like those tracks for almost 40 years now.
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Added on: April 5, 2013