Pop Will Eat Itself. PWEI. Def Con 1 test pressing etc. Adam Mole caravan fund.

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  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Sep 30, 2012
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Adam Mole's 'The Mrs. Won't Pay For A Caravan Fund'

Hello and 'welcome to my world'. Every two weeks I plan to auction (via eBay) 'Pop Will Eat Itself' related 'lots' in a quirky, experimental, mildly amusing, most unlikely scheme to raise enough cash to purchase a nice cosy vintage caravan... for myself!

This conceptual extravaganza is also described in glamourous literary fashion at James Brown's 'Sabotage Times' website.


Here for auction is lot ‘PWEI010’.

For me personally this is the first ‘lot’ I am already regretting putting up for sale. I have wrestled with the idea for a week or so but finally came to the conclusion that...I never knew I had half of it...why should I miss it!!!

They will hopefully go to a better home...but they’re great, I love them and I know I will regret it! Look lovely in a frame blah, blah, blah... Two weeks ago I didn’t even know they nestled in my parlour, scullery or outhouse; now it’s the PWEI Holy Grail, more precious than a diamond studded lobster wrapped in fivers.

This is a ‘test pressing’ for the 12” version of ‘Def Con 1’ backed with three atrocious live versions of ‘Inside You’, She’s Surreal’ and ‘Hit the Hi-Tech Groove’. It’s a bit dusty but looks mint, I have no deck on which to play it but if it turns out to be the bloody ‘Waterboys’ I will refund you with apologies!!!

Catalogue number is PWEI 12001A/PWEI 12001B dated the 3 rd June 1988 from MayKing records/studios. As far as I know only two were ever manufactured!

I have included the resultant 12” PWEI product...along with the 7” radio edit that removes the words ‘Big Mac’ in fear of ‘corporate trouble’ and to appease Radio 1. This looks a little surface scratched but nothing too worrying, again quite rare!

Finally and by no means least is a rare ‘bleed’ or ‘proof’ for the C.d artwork; our first ever collaboration with ‘the Designers Republic. There may be one or two other copies in existence but unless one is exhibited in the forthcoming October 'tDR' Sheffield gallery ‘car boot’ sale; I doubt it!




Clint wrote ‘Def Con 1’ in appreciation of the ‘Watchman’ comic. Clint loved comics and when the ‘new skool’ appeared around this time he rejoiced in the work of ‘Alan Moore’ who amongst other major titles wrote ‘Watchman’. Mr. Moore came to a sound check in Northampton and thanked us (Clint) for his name check in ‘Can U Dig It! i.e. ‘Alan Moore knows the score’. We also celebrated his ‘coolness’ with the ‘Loves Me Not’ sample in ‘Wise Up Sucker’ courtesy of his dulcet tones, and I think the phrase 'Television, Movies, Comics' on 'Shortwave Transmission On Up To The Minute Man Nine'...the genius that was Alan Moore.

Robert Gordon @ 'Fon studios' in Sheffield produced the song as well as remixing the track as the 12" 'Doomsday Powermix'. He added a kickin' bassline that Flood who produced our album 'This Is The Day, This Is The Hour, This Is This' lifted and overdubbed on the album version. We also overdubbed the chorus guitar to back up the sample, scratched the Motown opening drum roll and cut in the 'Right Now' vocal in the intro....I think! This is how the 'RCA' album version differs from the 'Chapter22' single. It is not a new mix purely an 'eq' job with overdubs and inserts added to the 'Fon' mix...I think!

The 7” Radio 1 edit was engineered by Robert. He took out the offending ‘Big Mac’ corporate lyric that potentially gave free advertising and/or offended such big business. In its place was the same sampled section reversed and giving the impression the song (now picking up a little Radio 1 daytime airplay), said ‘Big One Up, Fries to Go”...

From vague memory I remember playing ‘Def Con 1’ for the first time at the Birmingham ‘Powerhouse’ during ...