Forgotten pioneers
Minny Pops - Standstill to Motion

Hanging onto the Joy Division shirt tails, this Dutch band were part of the scene that took punk into new wave. Possibly the unfortunate band name (taken from a drum machine) played a part in their lack of international success back then. Disbanding in 1985, they are now reforming to play some live sets and so it seems fitting to release a live CD from back then. It is well produced and captures a startling performance, suggesting their role in swaying rock towards electronic should have been more prominent. In these days of hackneyed Eighties revivalists, one recommends a serious listen to some forgotten pioneers!


Words by TC

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