The songs on this e.p. from 1986, none longer than two and a half minutes, have an almost demo-like or pre-cursory quality about them: drafts for what the band would go on to create over the remainder of their career.
Stripped right down, the sound adopts a live, coming at ya, kind of feel, making the songs sound vital and vibrant.
And due to the recent re-emergence of the grebo look and style - a reaction perhaps to the overly manufactured emo - this collection sounds fresh and contemporary; unlike their later releases that have become distinctly fixed in time.
So if you thought Pop Will Eat Itself were nothing more than a happy go lucky bunch of grebo pseudo-rapping bricoleurs from the Midlands, ripping off others' chops and hits: check this out.
Can U dig it?
And just what is it about candy, anyway?
Pop Will Eat Itself - Poppiecock (1986)
The Black Country Chainstore Massacreee
Oh Grebo I Think I Love You
I'm Sniffin with You Hoo
Sick Little Girl
Theresapsychopathin my soup
Quality Vinyl rip @320kbs
Score yourself some veteran poppy here