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More flyer-style from Indie-Dan/Dave:

@ THE PENTHOUSE (above The Freebutt, Brighton)

Unpop. Weird Pop. Pop gone wrong. Beautifully errored Pop with a glitch in
its component parts. From post-Nazi polysexual alien kabuki robots to
lesbian teen runaway lovers fleeing the Lilya 4-Ever dystopia of
dead-Communist Russia. A gorgeous parade of heroes and villains, misfits and
mis-shapes marginalised by the grinding, crusher wheels of Pete Waterman's
Evil Pop Industry where every little star save Pete Burns is slung back on
the production line and pulped into homogenic pop putty, ready to be
remoulded into more Will's and Gareth's. Even Kylie, Pop's own ass-wielding
hologram redeemer, could only cheat her fate at the cold hands of Nick Cave,
a rock and a pool, gloriously reincarnating herself forever as a typeface
(German Bold Italic). Unpop is soundbite slogan shorthand for a kind of
Outsider Pop. It's a badge, a clubhouse, a heterotopia - the name of a
better time and place, a world that never quite existed, except perhaps in
Leiji Matsumoto's head and Dickon Edwards' hair. On February 28th, from 8pm
til late, at The Penthouse a portal will be opening to this shinier, happier
universe. In Unpop Klaus Nomi and Jobriath were never slain by AIDS before
their rightful thrones were cruelly snatched away by metteur en scene's, in
Unpop Gary Numan *did* die in that plane crash and thankfully never got to
hear Nine Inch Nails.

Why Pop? Because it's the only genuinely rootless music. The only music that
actively abhors atavism and all the fake guitar-smashing that goes with it.
It's the only music that thinks starjumps are fucking cool. Every so often a
'what-the-fuck??' solar flare of weirdness erupts from its cold, controlled
landscape. These chancers are the Unpop avatars. Some of them were
visionaries, most just dared to be wrong in a world where wrongness
(unstraightness, ungreyness, uniqueness) is sent to the showers and the
charity shop bargain bins. Some of them had Number 1's. Most had their flame
pissed out before that 'difficult' second single. They *all* desperately,
heroically, wanted to be wanted.

Pop exists purely because of and in spite of itself. Pop is fearless and
deathless. You think Pop is for girls? You got facial hair like a polar
bear, your face is mean like Halloween, you got the IQ of a didgeridoo, you
look insane ain't got no brain, got a big fat belly like a bowl full of
jelly. Ooh stick you, your mama too. And your daddy.

Unpop is NOT about kitsch, it's about finding style, sensitivity and
intelligence in the uncoolest of all musics.

All Pop, All Style.

We are Unpop. We're rockin' in our teenage world. Be us.

Shibuya kei/J-pop, Neue Deutsche Welle, Krautpop, Northern Electronic,
Lascivious Parisienne Pop, Undisco, Wrong Funk, No New Wave, Teenage Death
Songs, Electrocock, Glitch Pop, Cyber Pop, Romantics (the 'New' is
redundant), Futurists not Retro-Futurists, pirates, dandys, androids and
glitteringly evil plastic sex conjured by starry-eyed neon-veined eunuchs.

!!! 21st Century Girls A Flock Of Seagulls Adam Ant Afrika Bambaata
Alan Parson's Project Alexander Robotnick Alberto Camerini Alizee
Animotion Anita Ward The Art Of Noise Arthur Russell The Associates The
B-52's BBC Radiophonics Workshop Babylon Zoo Beach Boys Blancmange Bow
Wow Wow Boytronic Buggles The Carpenters Can Chicks On Speed Cibo
Matto Coach House Rhythm Section Common Sense Connie Case Cornelius The
Cramps Cristina Crush Daphne & Celeste David Bowie Deee-Lite Delia
Derbyshire Denton & Cook Devo Dexys Midnight Runners Dick Hyman Digital
Emotion Dinosaur DJ Brokenwindow DAF DFA Don Cherry Donna Summer
Dusty Springfield EBN-OZN ELO Edwina Biglet & The Miglets Eighth Wonder
Ex-Girl Erasure Exkurs Fannypack Fat Truckers Fox Fantastic Plastic
Machine Fashion Fehlfarben Fischerspooner Freelance Hellraiser Fosca
The Flying Lizards Fuzzbox Gary Numan Giorgio Moroder Gonzales Grauzone
Gravy Train!!! Hanson Heaven 17 Holger Czukay Human League Ian Dury
Jackson 5 Japan Jefferson Airplane Jobriath John Carpenter John Foxx
Jona Lewis The Juan McLean Julee Cruise Kahimi Karie Kenickie Kid606
Kid Creole & The Coconuts Kings Have Long Arms Klaus Nomi Kleenex The
KLF The Knack Kriss Kross Kylie L'Trimm Laptop Laid Back Leilani
Legowelt Lene Lovich Liquid Liquid Loose Joints M Marc Almond Max
Tundra Maximilian Hecker Men Without Hats Minamino Yoko Minnie Ripperton
Miss Kittin Mochipet The Modern Lovers Mylene Farmer Naked Eyes Nancy
Sinatra Nena New Order The Normal OMD Orlando The Osmonds The
Passions Patrick Wolf Peaches Pet Shop Boys Pete Shelley Pizzicato Five
Prince Princess Superstar Printed Circuit Pulp Puffy AmiYumi Rachel
Sweet The Ramones Richard X Rocky Horror Roxy Music Sandy Steel Savage
Process Scissor Sisters Sexus Shampoo The Shangri La's Shonen Knife
Sigue Sigue Sputnik Silicon Teens The Silures Soft Cell Sparks Starter
Steve Miller Band Strawberry Switchblade Sugababes Takako Minekawa
Talking Heads Tatu Telex Timezone Towa Tei Trans X Ultravox Vanessa
Paradis Visage The Waitresses Was Not Was White Town Yello Yellow
Magic Orchestra Yoko Ono Yukari Fresh and much, much more...




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