THE POP GROUP OUT OF THE ATTIC!
Notorious post-punk funk deconstructionists THE POP GROUP have unearthed a long lost video for their classic single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’.
The video was recorded at the Bristol band’s show at London’s Electric Ballroom at the time of the single’s original release in November ’79. Previously unseen, it was recently rediscovered in the attic of video-maker Chris Reynolds and has now gained a new life as the official video for the single’s reissue.
“During my final year at the Film School I had a desire to make film about a Bristol band rather than a London one,” Reynolds explains. “A guy I worked with at the Bristol Hippodrome as a stagehand, said I should meet The Pop Group and sorted out a visit to them rehearsing in a studio near St Pauls in Bristol.
“A few months later, following the recording of the single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, myself and Simon Fanthorpe, long time buddy and video associate, ended up at the Electric Ballroom in Camden to shoot the band live.
“The band were playing a gig with the GANG OF FOUR and THE SLITS. It was quite simply a wondrous night. We had purloined a couple of black and white Sony Rover half inch video recorders from the London College of Printing and set ourselves up in the auditorium. Simon grabbed a slot near the stage and we turned over. The gig was a belter and all three bands blew us away.
“Editing in the mid to late seventies was as basic as basic can be. Cuts were made with only a terrible accuracy of 4 frames either side of the frame. We found, that a way round this was to sync the decks up by hand any blindly cut in and out manually. Madness. For this reason the tapes were transferred and I processed them through a Colour Video Synthesiser housed at the college. Basically it was a multilevel keyer that colourised and boosted the rushes.
“We hid in the edit suite all night and after several hours of very risky on the fly cutting created the anarchic collage that you see. Its not neat or clever in fact we pulled the plugs and waggled the video connectors to make the images break up more. Nuts.
“It did the job at the time and was seen as pretty unorthodox then, but it has languished in its box in my attic, lost for over 37 years. A belated reunion last year with Mark found me repeatedly trawling through the waist high junk of my attic without success. But, as is so often the way, a search for a serviceable suitcase had me literally tripping over it. I hope it brings you some pleasure.”
‘We Are All Prostitutes’ is reissued on digital and 7″ formats on Friday 19 February. Their long out of print second studio album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? is being reissued the same day.
Reissued and available on CD for the first time, the LP version comes packaged with eight giant original artwork prints on four double-sided posters, and the CD format will include smaller versions of all the posters. Although ‘….Prostitutes’ was omitted from the original pressing of the album, it is now being included on the reissue.