Dienstag, 19. Juni 2018

The Pop Group - For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (1980)

The Pop Group's second full-length album, 1980's "For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?", was an even more abrasive and challenging assault upon the listener than their striking debut, "Y", and every bit as urgent and uncompromising as the title would lead one to expect.

Reeling from the first salvos of Margaret Thatcher's reign as British Prime Minister, Mark Stewart's agitprop lyrics became even more direct and filled with purposeful rage on tracks like "Forces of Oppression," "Rob a Bank," "Justice," and "How Much Longer," while the music similarly upped the ante from the debut.

"For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?" lacks the dubwise tone of Dennis Bovell's production on "Y", but the lean, blunt sound of this album connects with even greater ferocity, starting with a guitar-driven variation on James Brown's primal funk sides of the late '60s and adding elements of free jazz, atonal experimental music, and found noises until the music begins to sound like some sort of riot pouring out of your stereo. New bassist Dan Catsis made it clear he was equal to the Pop Group's aggressive low-end fury, Bruce Smith was capable of holding down the beat on drums while adding color and texture to their unfettered forward charge, and Gareth Sager and John Waddington's guitars cut with the precise yet random impact of a machete. Gang of Four's stellar early work sounds meek and toothless compared to the Molotov cocktail that is "For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?", and it seems somehow fitting that this would be the Pop Group's last album (at least until they reunited in the 2000s) - it's anyone's guess how they could ever match this album for genuine rancor and chaos.   


A1 Forces Of Oppression
A2 Feed The Hungry
A3 One Out Of Many
A4 Blind Faith
A5 How Much Longer
B1 Justice
B2 There Are No Spectators
B3 Communicate
B4 Rob A Bank

The Pop Group - For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (1980)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

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