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The Pop Group

1979
Radar Records

The dancefloor dub chaos is most intense on this album, the rare instance of a British group equalling an American style. Funk is the base stratum here, though it’s dissolved and set on fire repeatedly. Mark Stewart comes out of the era as one of the most actually frightening vocalists, about neck and neck with Nick Cave in his Birthday Party era. This is nine paintballs set on fire and thrown against the wall of Tower Records. “When you’re stealing from a nation of killers, do I trust myself?”

Sasha Frere-Jones

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