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Pop Will Eat Itself - Pwei Product: Pop Will Eat Itself Anthology 86-94

Erstwhile 'greboes' Pop Will Eat Itself grasped the burgeoning hegemony of hip hop quicker than most guitar bands. Initially a scratchy C-86-type outfit, with the John Peel-banned "Beaver Patrol" in 1987 they remodelled themselves as a Black Country Beastie Boys. But for all their endearing self-deprecation and energy, PWEI's sample-rock more often lacked conviction and finesse. "Def.Con.One" was a lasting indiedisco hit, but now their cyber gimmickry and wonky raps have dated enormously.

Rating: 2 / 10


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