Pop Muzik

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Not to be confused with Pop music.
"Pop Muzik"
Single by M
from the album New York • London • Paris • Munich
B-side "M Factor"
Released
  • 25 March 1979 (UK)
  • 20 July 1979 (US)
Format
Genre
Length 3:21
Label
Writer(s) Robin Scott
Producer(s) Robin Scott
M singles chronology
  • "Moderne Man"
  • (1979)
  • "Pop Muzik"
  • (1979)
  • "Moonlight and Muzak"
  • (1979)

"Pop Muzik" is a 1979 hit song by M, a project by English musician Robin Scott.

Concept and chart performance[edit]

The song was initially recorded in R&B and funk styles before a friend of Scott suggested using synthesizers.[4] He describes the genesis of "Pop Muzik" this way:

I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarise the last 25 years of pop music. It was a deliberate point I was trying to make. Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale. That's why I really wanted to make a simple, bland statement, which was, 'All we're talking about basically (is) pop music.'[5]

The single was released in the UK first, peaking at number two on 12 May 1979, unable to break Art Garfunkel's 6-week stint at number one with "Bright Eyes". In August of that same year, it was released in North America, where it eventually climbed all the way to number one in Canada on 27 October[6] and in the US on 3 November.

Along with Scott, other musicians who played on the track were his brother Julian Scott (on bass), then unknown keyboardist Wally Badarou, Canadian synthesiser programmer John Lewis (who died of AIDS in 1985), Drummer Phil Gould (who later became one of the founding members of the group Level 42), Gary Barnacle and Brigit Novik, the backing vocalist, credited as "Brigit Vinchon" on the records and sleeves.

The single was bolstered by a promotional video that was well received. The clip featured Scott as a DJ singing into a microphone from behind an exaggerated turntable setup, at times flanked by two female models who sang and danced in a robotic manner. One of the sight gags in the video depicted Brigit Novik dressed in blue who actually recorded the backup vocals which are then mimed by the models.[7]

The single's B-side, "M Factor", was featured in two different versions. The original cut appeared on the first UK and European releases of the single, while a slightly remixed version appeared on the single released in the United States and Canada.

The image of the baby on "Pop Muzik"'s single disc pictures Robin Scott's daughter, named Berenice, who is now a singer and piano/keyboard player and composer and involved with her father's friend Phil Gould and Wally Badarou projects.[citation needed]

Album[edit]

The subsequent full-length album New York • London • Paris • Munich was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, at Queen's Mountain Studio, using their regular engineer David Richards, as well as Julian Scott, Wally Badarou (who would later work with Level 42 and Compass Point All Stars, among others) and Brigit Novik. Additional musicians on the album included drummer Phil Gould (later of Level 42), Gary Barnacle (who would also later work with Level 42) on saxophone and flute and (at the time) local Montreux resident David Bowie, who did occasional handclaps. The album was also released in the US on Sire Records (with a different track listing / order) but it was not a commercial success.

Other formats[edit]

The UK 12-inch single version was notable for the A-side having a double groove such that the two tracks ("Pop Muzik" and "M Factor") both started at the outer edge of the record and finished in the middle (with a long silence at the end of "M Factor" since the track was the shorter of the two). This resulted in a random selection of the two tracks, depending on which groove the needle landed in the lead-in. To further market this idea, the UK record sleeve stated "B side included on A side, full length disco mix of Pop Musik on Seaside". 'Seaside' (in other words "C side") was a simple play on words as the letter C, apart from being the logical next "side" after the A and B sides, is pronounced the same way as the English word "sea", and "seaside" means "beside the sea".

The song was remixed and re-released in 1989 where it reached number 20 in the UK Singles Charts.

Charts[edit]

Track listings[edit]

Original 7" single

Original 7" single released by MCA Records and EMI in Europe.

  1. Pop Muzik – 3:21
  2. M Factor – 2:30
Long version single

Released in both 7" and 12" vinyl single formats in the United States by Sire Records, and as a 12" vinyl in France by Pathé Marconi EMI, all featuring a longer version of the song

  1. Pop Muzik (Long Version) – 4:58
  2. M Factor – 2:30
Netherlands 12" single

12" single released in the Netherlands by MCA Records. The B-side "M Factor" was featured on the A-side of the vinyl on this release, with a remix of the title song on the B-side.

  1. Pop Muzik
  2. M Factor
  3. Pop Muzik (Long Version)
Sweden 7" 1989 release

7" single released in Sweden in 1989 by Freestyle Records

  1. Pop Muzik (Edited 1989 Remix) – 3:10
  2. Pop Muzik (Original 7" Version) – 3:20
Sweden 12" 1989 release

12" single released in Sweden in 1989 by Freestyle Records

  1. Pop Muzik (Extended 1989 Hip Hop Remix) – 5:40
  2. Pop Muzik (7" Version) – 3:20
  3. Pop Muzik (Edited 1989 Dub Remix) – 3:20
  4. Pop Muzik (Original 12" Version) – 5:00
  5. Pop Muzik (Edited 1989 Remix) – 3:10
Germany 12" 1989 release

12" single released in Germany in 1989 by ZYX Records

  1. Pop Muzik (The Hip Hop Club Remix) – 5:38
  2. Pop Muzik (The Hip Hop Remix) – 3:20
  3. Pop Muzik (Original '79 Mix) – 3:21
Germany CD 2001 release

CD single released in Germany in 2001 by ZYX Records

  1. Pop Muzik (Britannia '89 Remix) – 3:11
  2. Pop Muzik (Cabinet Remix) – 7:38
  3. Pop Muzik (Original Version) – 3:21

Cover versions[edit]

  • Male vocal and instrumental band All Systems Go entered the UK Singles Chart on 18 June 1988. It reached number 63, and remained in the chart for 2 weeks.[47]

In 1997, U2 remixed the song to use as the opening track for their PopMart Tour. The remix features an upbeat tempo and use of synthesizers. In the live version, Robin Scott's vocals were used. The song was released on the Last Night on Earth single and Bono's vocals replaced Scott's. The only part of the song Bono added was the line "dance to the PopMart, top of the food chain."

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