Pop Will Eat Itself – Mastered by Pete Maher
Pop Will Eat Itself – New Noise Designed By A Sadist
About Pop Will Eat Itself..
Pop Will Eat Itself’s political stance became more explicit with the release of the single “Ich Bin Ein Auslander”. A collaboration with Asian group Fun-Da-Mental, the song had anti-nazi styled lyrics and reached the UK Top 30. A different version of this song later appeared as the opening track on the 1994 album, Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. The album peaked at No. 11 in the UK Albums Chart and spawned their then final single release, “Everything’s Cool”, which became their ninth Top 30 UK hit.
The band found some new popularity after signing with Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records in the US, and touring with Nine Inch Nails, as well as having their songs used on the PlayStation game Loaded. In March 1995 the band released the Dos Dedos Mis Amigosremix album Two Fingers My Friends! which featured remixes by The Orb, Apollo 440 and Renegade Soundwave. Crabb left the band in Summer 1995 – originally proposing to contribute in a non-touring capacity due to fatherhood – however the band decided to replace him with Kerry Hammond on guitar and backing vocals, with Mansell taking over full vocal duties. The band decided to split in May 1996, (with 12 songs recorded and mixed in a state of near completion), and toured the UK briefly in June 1996 with a final live show at Roskilde. At this point, their set contained several unreleased songs from the unfinished album. Two tracks from this period were released at the time, a cover version of Gary Numan’s “Friends”., and an instrumental track called “Zero Return” on a magazine sampler. In 2013, the songs from the unfinished album were assembled into a bonus disc with the reissue of “Dos Dedos Mis Amigos”, comprising the ‘unreleased 1996 album’, now titled “A Lick Of The Old Cassette Box”.
Almost all artwork and corporate identity for the band’s record sleeves and merchandising were designed by the Sheffield-based, now defunct design house The Designers Republic. The Designers Republic’s work with PWEI can be found in the Design Museum,
In July 2011, a new line-up was announced, featuring Graham Crabb (as the only original member), fellow vocalist Mary Byker (Gaye Bykers on Acid, Apollo 440, Pigface), guitarist Tim Muddiman (Gary Numan), drummer Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, Killing Joke) and bassist Davey Bennett (This Burning Age). In October that year the album, New Noise Designed By A Sadist, was released on Cooking Vinyl, produced by Monti & Rob Holliday (Sulpher, The Prodigy) and was followed by a UK tour. The band further toured in March and December 2012. The single ‘Disguise’ was featured as Radio 6 Breakfast Show ‘Single of the Week’ and an instrumental ‘Back To Business’ was used on Top Gear. Crabb & Byker also guested on Soccer AM.