Friday, September 13, 2013

The Pop Group- Beatniks of the Future

Marlon after a bongo session has a strange and haunting pre-cognition of futuristic beatniks called the Pop Group

I can't remember the exact quote but the Pop Group in one of their early interviews said something like they wanted to be the beatniks of the future. And the more I listen to their amazing recordings the more I think they nailed it with that quote. They were indeed futuristic beatniks, whatever that means, it captures a feel as well as the imagination, so fuck it lets go with it, they certainly did. Their sound- part free jazz, part spoken word, part dub, part tribal funk- was too unique to ever even be approximated by other bands, though Rip Rig + Panic who arose from their split carried on the beatnik/jazz vibe admirably.  So kids I implore you to fall in and groove to the gone, way out sounds of the Pop Group and Rip Rig + Panic.  And to read up on the band visit the excellent press archive at their web site http://thepopgroup.net/pop-group-archive.html









The Pop Group daydream Marlon


Nice Person to Person segment from 1955 with Edward R. Murrow interviewing Marlon Brando, including his house, his Dad, and a bit of bongo playing with Jack Costanzo.

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