Y (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Y
Studio album by The Pop Group
Released 20 April 1979
Recorded Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey, England
Genre Post-punk, avant-garde
Length 40:11
Label Radar
Producer Dennis Bovell, The Pop Group
The Pop Group chronology
Y
(1979)
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?
(1980)

Y is the first studio album by the English post-punk band the Pop Group. It was released on 20 April 1979 through Radar Records.[1] Produced by the dub musician Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell at Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey, the music draws inspiration from a range of genres, including punk rock, free jazz, funk, dub, avant-garde and beat poetry.[2][3]

Music[edit]

The lyrics of "Words Disobey Me" propose that language serves to bar communication between parties and forward the idea that we should return to "a pure, naïve speech of the heart".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Stylus wrote that "these are political punk tunes deconstructed so that only the skeleton remains, and weaving between those bare bones are some of the nastiest sounds ever made".[6] In 2004, Pitchfork Media ranked Y at number 35 on its list of the greatest albums of the 1970s, saying, "Unlike most of the late-'70s no-wave types (and perennial imitators), the Pop Group were less concerned with eschewing convention than with vehemently eviscerating it."[7]

The group has had a lasting impact with Y; artists such as the Minutemen, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave have cited the group or the album as an influence on their work. The bass guitarist Mike Watt commented that they "were making music that we were kind of inspired by and interested in" and that "they gave us permission to try to find what we were about. The Pop Group said “let’s take Funkadelic and put it with Beefheart. Why not?”".[8]

Legacy[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rockerilla Italy Albums of the Year[9] 1979 14
The Wire United Kingdom The 100 Most Important Records Ever Made[10] 1992 *
Spex Germany The 100 Albums of the Century[11] 1999 51
Il Mucchio Selvaggio Italy 100 Best Albums by Decade (1971-1980)[12] 2002 41
Rock de Lux Spain The 200 Best Albums of All Time[13] 2002 145
Paul Morley United Kingdom Words and Music, 5 x 100 Greatest Albums of All Time[14] 2003 *
Pitchfork United States Top 100 Albums of the 1970s[7] 2004 35
Stylus United States Top 101-200 Albums of All Time[6] 2004 168
Blow Up Italy 600 Essential Albums[15] 2005 *
Uncut United Kingdom The 100 Greatest Debut Albums[16] 2006 82
The Guardian United Kingdom 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die[17] 2007 *

(*) designates unordered lists.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Pop Group

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Thief of Fire"   4:34
2. "Snowgirl"   3:20
3. "Blood Money"   2:56
4. "Savage Sea"   3:01
5. "We Are Time"   6:29
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Words Disobey Me"   3:25
2. "Don't Call Me Pain"   5:34
3. "The Boys From Brazil"   4:15
4. "Don't Sell Your Dreams"   6:37

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1979 Radar LP RAD 20
Japan 1979 Warner-Pioneer Corporation LP P-10705F
United Kingdom 1996 Radar CD SCANCD14
Japan 1996 Radar CD WPCR-722
United Kingdom 2007 Rhino, Radar CD 5101-19920-2
Japan 2013 Warner Music Group CD WPCR-15282

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Y LP". thepopgroup.net. 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (3 March 2011). 33 Revolutions Per Minute. Faber & Faber. p. 1730. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (14 September 2010). "The Pop Group: Still Blazing a Trail That Makes Rock Look Conservative". The Guardian. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon (April 2, 2009). Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Faber & Faber. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Dougan, John. "Y". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Howard, Ed (22 March 2004). "Top 101-200 Albums Favorite Albums Ever". Stylus. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Ubl, Sam (23 June 2004). "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Manchester, Guy (2014). "Legendary Post Punk Band The Pop Group Release Video for Colour Blind". Louder Than War. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rockerilla End of Year Lists". Rockerilla. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "100 Most Important Records Ever Made". The Wire. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "100 (+17) Alben". Spex. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "100 Best Albums by Decade". Il Mucchio Selvaggio. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of All Time". Rock de Lux. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "File Under Popular Music (4) – 100 or More Greatest Albums". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "600 Essential Albums". Blow Up. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "The 100 Greatest Debut Albums". Uncut. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

External links[edit]