Pop Will Eat Itself

Clint Mansell, Adam Mole, Graham Crabb, Richard March

Also known as Incredible PWEI, The, P.W.E.I., Pop Will Eat It Self, Pop Will Eat Itself, The, Pop.Will.Eat.Itself, PWEI
Members of Pop Will Eat Itself: Adam Mole, Clint Mansell, Davey Bennett, Graham Crabb, Jason Bowld, Kerry Hammond, Mary Byker, Richard March, Richard Townshend, Tim Muddiman
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.popwilleatitself.net, http://www.facebook.com/popwilleatitself, http://twitter.com/pweiofficial, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_Will_Eat_Itself

Discography of Pop Will Eat Itself:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
51 Cure For Sanity 19 Audio 1991-06-24 RCA
52 Bulletproof! 4 Audio 1992-08-17 RCA
53 The Looks Or The Lifestyle? 12 Audio 1992-09-07 RCA
54 R.S.V.P. / Familus Horribilus 4 Audio 1993 Infectious Records
55 Ich Bin Ein Auslander 4 Audio 1994 Rough Trade Germany
56 Another Man's Rhubarb / 92° 4 Audio 1991-01-01 RCA
57 Everything's Cool? 2 Audio 1994-08-30 Infectious Records
58 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This! 15 Audio 1993-11-01 RCA
59 This Is The Day, This Is The Hour, This Is This! 14 Audio 1989 RCA
60 Beaver Patrol 2 Audio 1987-09-00 Chapter 22
61 Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! (The Incredible PWEI Meets The On-U Sound System Vol II) 4 Audio 1992
62 2 Fingers My Friends 2 Audio 1995 Infectious Records
63 Dance Of The Mad 4 Audio 1990 RCA
64 Dance Of The Mad 3 Audio 1990-10-01 RCA
65 R.S.V.P. (Remixes) 4 Audio 1994 Nothing Records
66 Box Frenzy / Now For A Feast 27 Audio 1993 Chapter 22
67 Box Frenzy 12 Audio 1987-10-01 Rough Trade
68 Poppiecock - The Poppies Play 5 A Side 10 Audio 1986 Chapter 22
69 Cure For Sanity 19 Audio 1991-07-01 RCA
70 Bulletproof! 4 Audio 1992-08-17 RCA
71 Cure For Sanity 19 Audio 1990 RCA
72 Everything's Cool? 2 Audio 1994-08-30 Infectious Records
73 Another Man's Rhubarb 3 Audio 1990 RCA
74 Very Metal Noise Pollution 4 Audio 1989-08-00 RCA
75 Now For A Feast! 14 Audio 1988 Rough Trade
76 Poppiecock 5 Audio 1986-11-00 Chapter 22
77 Sweet Sweet Pie 3 Audio 1987 Chapter 22
78 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos 15 Audio 1994-09-21 Midi Inc.
79 Ich Bin Ein Auslander 4 Audio 1994 Infectious Records
80 Two Fingers My Friends! 11 Audio 1995 Infectious Records
81 At Weirds Bar And Grill 19 Audio 1993 RCA
82 Can U Dig It? 8 Audio 1989 RCA
83 R.S.V.P. / Familus Horribilus 4 Audio 1993-10-04 Infectious Records
84 Two Fingers My Friends 12 Audio 1995 Rough Trade
85 There Is No Love Between Us Anymore 4 Audio 1988 Chapter 22
86 Def.Con.One 2 Audio 1988 Rough Trade
87 92° F / The Incredible PWEI Vs Dirty Harry 3 Audio 1991-05-23 RCA
88 Everything's Cool? (+ Live Tracks) 4 Audio 1994-08-00
89 Ich Bin Ein Auslander 2 Audio 1994-03-00 Infectious Records
90 X Y & Zee 3 Audio 1990 RCA
91 Very Metal Noise Pollution 4 Audio 1989 RCA
92 Ich Bin Ein Auslander 2 Audio 1994 Infectious Records
93 Bulletproof! (Is Everybody Happy?) 2 Audio 1992-08-17 RCA
94 Can U Dig It? (The Justin Strauss Remix) 4 Audio 1989 RCA
95 Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! (Live Autumn 92) 4 Audio 1992 RCA
96 RSVP 4 Audio 1994-10-04 Interscope Records
97 Another Man's Rhubarb / 92° 4 Audio 1990 RCA
98 Box Frenzy 12 Audio 1987 Rough Trade
99 Beaver Patrol 4 Audio 1987-09-01 Chapter 22
100 This Is The Day... This Is The Hour... This Is This! 15 Audio 1989-05-01 RCA


In 1986, the line-up of singer and guitarist Clint Mansell, guitarist and keyboardist Adam Mole, bassist Richard March, and drummer Graham Crabb formed as Wild And Wandering in the English town of Stourbridge. After some months and one e.p. they changed their name to Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) and earned attention from the indie scene for their first e.p., The Poppies Say Grrr! on Chapter 22. At the time they played short, fast, slightly psychedelic punk-pop tunes and went on with that for three more e.p.'s before starting to incorporate house and hip hop beats and samples on Beaver Patrol. By autumn 1987 PWEI released their first album, Box Frenzy, with some tunes leaning towards new wave, some towards hip hop and acid house. A drum machine called Dr. Nightmare was installed and Graham Crabb took the second microphone.

After the 12" Def.Con.One PWEI signed a deal with RCA and released Can U Dig It? in 1989, which would be the first of 12 PWEI singles going UK top 40. In the same year their seminal second album This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This! appeared to public and critical acclaim for its witty fusion of rock and electronic music.

PWEI opted for an even more electronic, slightly darker and moodier approach on Cure For Sanity, their third album, which appeared in 1990 alongside PWEI's alternative soccer world cup theme, Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina, a fusion of dub and acid house.

Electronics took a backseat on 1992's The Looks Or The Lifestyle, when Fuzz Townshend was brought in as a drummer. PWEI reinvented themselves as grungey groovers and released Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies! as their highlight single. PWEI had been sacked by RCA at the time the single went number 9 in the UK in early 1993.

The band signed with Infectious in the UK and Nothing in the US and released R.S.V.P., Ich Bin Ein Auslander, and Everything's Cool as singles in 1993 and 1994. The tunes displayed a development from where they had left towards dark industrial rock. The mixture on their fifth album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos was received well and won the band many new fans.

Nonetheless, the band only released the remix album Two Fingers My Friends after that and collapsed upon the departure of Graham Crabb in 1996. Crabb released an album as Golden Claw Musics, Richard March went on to form Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fuzz Townshend went solo, and Clint Mansell has done film soundtracks. In 2005, a reunion tour and new songs were announced, but the reformation fizzled out by the end of the year.

In 2010, in the wake of the dissolution of Vile Evils, Graham Crabb announced his intention to reconstitute PWEI. By 2011, Crabb had recruited new band members, and PWEI released a new album, New Noise Designed By A Sadist, and went on tour.


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