Freaks R Us Reissue 1980 Pop Group Classic

You don’t immediately think funk when you hear the album title “For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder,” but from the opening bass lines of “Forces of Oppression” through the next eight songs, funk is front and center in this post punk hybrid from 1980. The short-lived British punk collective The Pop Group combined funk, jazz and industrial rock, long before the latter genre had a name, with quasi-anarchist politics and despite only putting out two records and a handful of singles before splitting up in 1981, the band was highly influential in underground circles, helping to inspire everyone from Sonic Youth and Nick Cave to the Minute Men and Nine Inch Nails. Continue reading “Freaks R Us Reissue 1980 Pop Group Classic”