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Pop Muzik (30th Anniversary Remixes)

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Echo Beach pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of M's (aka Robin Scott) "Pop Musik" -- offering 12 new versions/remixes of this classic 1979 tune. Scott's recording career encompasses four decades. Rubbing elbows in his early years with Malcolm MacLaren and Vivienne Westwood, after leaving art school in Croydon, UK, he displayed a talent for writing topical songs which he performed on radio and TV. This led to the first Robin Scott LP, titled Woman From The Warm Grass, which was released on the small independent label, Head Records. Scott was backed on the album by the legendary Mighty Baby, but the record went unrecognized, as Head Records very quickly folded. Scott worked as a troubadour, singing his own songs and accompanying himself on guitar, and he spent a period playing folk clubs as a solo artist, sharing bills with such emergent artists as David Bowie, John Martin and Ralph McTell. In the early '70s he conceived a multimedia project, "The Voice" which was aired on BBC Radio 3 but his restlessness then led him to travel both in Europe and North America, and when he returned, he made demos with members of prog-rock Camel. Around 1973, he performed in bands with the likes of Pete Thomas (later of Elvis Costello and The Attractions) and Paul "Bassman" Riley, and then started working with Roogalator, a well-regarded and original R&B band, producing their debut single "Cincinnati Fatback." In 1978, Scott worked as producer for Barclay Records in Paris where he lived with his partner Brigitte Vinchon (aka Brigit Novik) after producing and filming (with celebrated director Julian Temple) all-female punk quartet, The Slits. Scott also recorded the Cry Myself To Sleep EP under the alias of Comic Romance and released the debut LP by Adam And The Ants, Dirk Wears White Sox on his own Do It Records in 1979. Established now as "M," he also produced and recorded "Pop Muzik," which was written as a resume of 25 years of pop music since 1954. Among other musicians who played on the track was his brother, Julian Scott on bass, keyboard virtuoso Wally Badarou, Canadian programmer John Lewis and Brigit Novik -- the "backing" vocalist who put the "pop" in the "muzik." The song became a huge international hit, and emblemized the angular, synth-driven, MTV-glossed sheen of '80s music pop culture. This 30th anniversary release sees this classic remixed by Paralyzer, Devo, Stefan Obermaier, Internationally Trained Bunnies, Todd Terje, Salz, Stachy, Karl Moestl, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, Frost & Wagner, Riddim Wize, and Torpedo Boys.