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Pop Will Eat Itself (also known as PWEI or the Poppies) was a band formed in Stourbridge, England with band members from Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country.
An early version of the band formed in 1981 under the name From Eden; members included Clint Mansell, Adam Mole, Chris Fradgley, Malcolm Treece and Miles Hunt (Treece and Hunt went on to form The Wonder Stuff). After changing their name to Wild and Wandering for a while and recruiting Richard March and Graham Crabb (Graham being the only respondant to replace the 'piss poor' Miles Hunt on drums), they eventually became Pop Will Eat Itself in 1986, taking the name from a quote in an NME article about band Jamie Wednesday (later to become better known as Carter USM).
The band honed their songwriting skills with a string of catchy two-minute pop songs released on EPs both as Wild and Wandering and Pop Will Eat Itself. With the help of DJ John Peel, these EPs saw some airplay and enjoyed some popularity among university students. After the band feared they had accomplished all they could with their sound, they found new influences in hip hop acts such as the Beastie...
|years active||1986 – 1996, 2005|
|origin||Stourbridge, West Midlands|
|music genre||Rock (music)|
|current members|| Clint Mansell (vocals/guitar)|
Graham Crabb (vocals/drums)
Adam Mole (keyboards/guitar)
Richard March (guitar/bass)
Robert "Fuzz" Townshend (drums)
|past members||Kerry "The Buzzard" Hammond (vocals/guitar)|