BY: AMY HABEN
I was lucky enough to witness the 70’s avant-garde punk rock band The Pop Group kill it at Rough Trade in Williamsburg a few months ago. I wasn’t expecting much since the band hadn’t played together in 35 years, but I was blown away. They had the energy of 19 year olds.
Afterwards, my pals Stu, Johnny, Ryan, and I went up to lead singer Mark Stewart to thank him and ended up trading jokes for half an hour.
Stu: “What do you call a cop’s brain cut into four pieces?”
Mark: “I don’t know.”
Stu: “Police Headquarters.”
He’s a golden character with a lot of heart. Check out The Pop Group’s new album Citizen Zombie and look up their 1979 album Y as well as their 1980 album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder!! Read our Q & A below:
Amy: Who were the bands that influenced you guys when you first came together in the 70’s?
Mark: Jobriath, New York Dolls, Big Youth, Dr. Alimantado, Ohio Players, Kaygees, Musique Concrete, and Leo Ferre.
Amy: How did you guys meet?
Mark: At various youth clubs around where we grew up in of Bristol.
Amy: What’s your favorite Pop Group song from the old days?
Mark: “There Are No Spectators” from our second album For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder.
Amy: From the new album?
Mark: “Citizen Zombie.”
Mark was looking for some action after the show, but when we said, “We’re going to the diner,” he dismissed us with a smile. Thank you to every member of The Pop Group for putting on an electrifying set!