Pop Will Eat Itself – X Y & Zee

Author: Colin | Published: 1/12/10

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Pop Will Eat Itself - X Y & Zee

Artist Pop Will Eat Itself
Title X Y & Zee
Label BMG Records (UK) Ltd
Year 1991
Design “American Expressionism from The Designers Republic”
Music Popular dance music
Desktop Download image
Notes The all too perfectly moniker’ed Pop Will Eat Itself lasted from 1986 to 1995. Unfamiliar with their music at the time, I’m listening now and I hear a baggy dance groove, northern accents, pre-echoes of Underworld and heaps of attitude. All those elements make them a great subject for Sheffield’s The Designers Republic (the lack of apostrophe was deliberate on the company’s part).

This record is a special edition 12″ single which contains three mixes of the title track and another song, Psychosexual that bizarrely applies a sample of an orchestrated version of Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies to a whispering dance groove. It came in a box that the previous owner strengthened with masking tape on the corners. The ‘exclusive Robo-Head Sample It… 10″ sticker’ is long gone, but the record is only a little crackly. The lovely red vinyl positively glows on the black background of the record player. The poster is still in good condition and bears traces of Blu-tack in the corners. This record was owned by a fan who surely stuck it up on her bedroom wall. The band are portrayed as moody and watchful like caged animals.

TDR’s design is a relatively restrained example of the firm’s signature style. The whole thing is rendered in neon colours: green, yellow and red. If the meaning of the central symbol isn’t ultimately decipherable, that’s all to the good. There’s certainly a distinct buzz, replete with sci-fi connotations, to it – blade-like figures extend aggressively out of the central hive/sphere. The record’s title is laid over the base of the motif, the letters abstracted to suggest figures dancing, arrows indicating lines of energy thrusting outwards. Details like the info-box in the upper left corner are delightful, particularly ‘Product status: current’.

Finally, the run-out groove carries the messages ‘Copymaster Miles’, ‘Ssshhh… Don’t Wake Milky.’ and ‘Take your pants off’ – the latter perhaps a punning reference to the group’s collective writing alias, Veston Pance. I’d like to set up a plain website devoted to collecting all the enigmatic messages etched into records.

The group’s lead singer, Clint Mansell, began a new career as a well-regarded composer in the late ’90s with his soundtracks for Darren Oronofsky’s π and Requiem for a Dream while Richard March and Robert Townsend formed Bentley Rhythm Ace.

See also:
Pop Will Eat Itself, Wikipedia

Listen Pop Will Eat Itself – X Y & Zee (Intergalactic mix)


  1. I remember buying Cure For Sanity (the album which contained X Y & Zee) primarily because I loved the artwork. A life-long (almost) fan of the Designers Republic, it ticked so many boxes for me, from the odd robot type head of the cover and multiple logos to tiny text everywhere…

    Comment by themilkman — March 2, 2011 @ 9:25 am
  2. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it
    helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    Comment by tinyurl.com — November 24, 2019 @ 9:52 pm
  3. Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a material!

    present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this website.

    Comment by and coconut oil — November 25, 2019 @ 2:33 pm
  4. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and
    my visitors would certainly benefit from some of the information you present
    here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks a lot!

    Comment by plenty of fish dating site — November 26, 2019 @ 2:31 pm
  5. you are in reality a excellent webmaster. The web site loading velocity is amazing.
    It seems that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork.
    you have done a excellent task on this topic!

    Comment by ps4 games — November 30, 2019 @ 9:24 am
  6. Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole
    thing is presented on web?

    Comment by quest bars cheap — November 30, 2019 @ 9:32 am
  7. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you

    Comment by quest bars cheap — December 2, 2019 @ 9:44 am
  8. Whats up this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to
    know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I
    wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    Comment by quest bars cheap coupon twitter — December 3, 2019 @ 9:49 pm
  9. I like the valuable info you provide to your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and take a look at
    once more right here frequently. I’m somewhat certain I’ll be informed many new stuff
    proper here! Good luck for the next!

    Comment by quest bars cheap — December 4, 2019 @ 3:30 am
  10. We stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I
    should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to exploring your web page for a second time.

    Comment by ps4 games — December 6, 2019 @ 11:30 am
  11. Howdy very cool site!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb ..

    I will bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?

    I am satisfied to seek out a lot of helpful info here within the publish, we want work out extra strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

    Comment by ps4 games — December 6, 2019 @ 11:47 pm
  12. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your
    blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site
    to come back later on. Many thanks

    Comment by quest bars cheap — December 7, 2019 @ 12:29 pm
  13. I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.

    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers
    made good content as you did, the web will be much
    more useful than ever before.

    Comment by ps4 games — December 10, 2019 @ 9:29 pm
  14. Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It’s the little changes which will make the biggest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by ps4 games — December 12, 2019 @ 7:54 pm
  15. Whats up this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering
    if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to
    manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so
    I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Comment by coconut oil — December 16, 2019 @ 5:24 am
  16. great post, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector do
    not realize this. You must continue your writing. I am confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

    Comment by coconut oil — December 17, 2019 @ 4:27 am
  17. Very good site you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics
    discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other experienced individuals that share
    the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
    Thank you!

    Comment by sinnedbeyondhelp — December 28, 2019 @ 3:07 am
  18. Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand
    your stuff prior to and you are simply too wonderful.
    I actually like what you’ve got here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you assert it.
    You are making it enjoyable and you still take
    care of to stay it smart. I cant wait to learn far more from you.
    This is really a wonderful site.

    Comment by plenty of fish vs match.com free trial — December 30, 2019 @ 10:18 am
  19. I read this article completely about the difference
    of most recent and preceding technologies, it’s remarkable article.

    Comment by match.com free trial — December 31, 2019 @ 2:03 am
  20. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the
    eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here
    and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Fantastic work!

    Comment by sling tv — January 3, 2020 @ 4:28 am
  21. First of all I would like to say terrific blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing.

    I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my
    thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any suggestions or tips? Appreciate it!

    Comment by sling tv — January 7, 2020 @ 7:45 am
  22. Your method of describing all in this piece of writing is genuinely good, all be capable of simply understand it, Thanks a lot.

    Comment by sling tv — January 7, 2020 @ 7:07 pm
  23. I will immediately clutch your rss as I can not in finding
    your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any?

    Please permit me recognise so that I may subscribe.


    Comment by sling tv — January 14, 2020 @ 6:08 am
  24. Hello to all, how is everything, I think
    every one is getting more from this site, and your views are
    nice for new viewers.

    Comment by sling tv — January 14, 2020 @ 5:47 pm
  25. I like what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and reporting!

    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.

    Comment by sling tv — January 15, 2020 @ 11:09 am


To submit your comment and help me with comment spam,
please do this sum and then click Submit Comment above, thanks:

What is 8 + 8 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is: