Sunday, May 23, 2010


STOPPRESS: The Homepride Flour Men to reform!

Yes, it's true: The Homepride Flour Men are getting back together. I can scarcely believe it's true.

Although they have been dormant as a recording/touring outfit since 1981, their spokesman "Fred" said in a statement on their official fan-site last night, "yes, we've patched up the differences that marred our last tour and LP. Me and the other blokes, well, we've been through so much together over the years that it just seems daft to have fallen out like that. Within 10 minutes of me talking to Tom on the phone we'd completely forgotten what it was we had even rowed about! We started jamming and found the old chemistry was still there..."

Sessions in Chicago with Steve Albini quickly followed. "Steve was awesome to work with," laughed "Fred", "he was very sympathetic to our sound. An extremely switched-on lad. He's nowhere near as fearsome as his reputation. I couldn't believe it when he told us Big Black had been big fans of our work..."

The band will be performing on The Other Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival, at the V Fest and T in The Park, and at the J Spaceman-curated Meltdown at The Royal Festival Hall.

An album - "We're Only in it For the Dough" will be released on Mute in September.

The Pop Group to reform.

Is nothing fucking sacred? I mean, Jeez....

I was lucky enough to see them 4 or 5 times back in the day in various 'official' configurations and a few times in assorted jam line-ups. They were never less than incredible.

So many acts are reforming these days that I wouldn't even comment on this if they hadn't been so utterly, heroically bang-on the number with everything. Plus they came from Bristol.

*sigh* I guess this was all oddly inevitable. I've seen Mark Stewart play solo in 80's / 90's / 00's with Tackhead and assorted significant others and - although he was mostly pretty good and even occasionally great (I've got a lot of respect for Mark, see) - there was a sense of slowly diminishing returns about these projects as you track their trajectory dn thru the decades. As if there was nowhere else to go apart from back to The Pop Group.

I think it's a shame that he thinks his options are limited to one of two things. The past's the past. Why bother repeating it? (Apart from the, uh, obvious)

If this is the piss-poor Throbbing Gristle style reformation disaster I suspect it will be, then I won't hesitate in - as Jay Densman says - "tearing him a new one."

Don't let me...don't let us down, Mark.