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Taking their name from an NME} feature on the group Jamie Wednesday} (later known as Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine}), the archetypal grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself} formed in Stourbridge, England in 1986. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Clint Mansell}, keyboardist Adam Mole}, drummer Graham Crabb} and bassist Richard March}, PWEI} began their existence as a Buzzcocks}-influenced indie guitar band, and issued their self-produced debut EP The Poppies Say Grrr} in 1986.

While recording their follow-up Poppiecock}, PWEI} became immersed in sampling, drawing material from sources ranging from James Brown} to Iggy Pop}; soon Crabb} emerged from behind his drum kit to join Mansell} as co-frontman, and a drum machine was installed in his place. Honing a fusion of rock, pop and rap which they dubbed "grebo," the Poppies} kickstarted a small revolution; by the release of their 1987 full-length debut Box Frenzy} and the hit "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore,"} grebo -- the name quickly given the entire subculture of similarly grimy and raunchy bands -- was all the rage in the British music press.

The influence of hip-hop was even more pronounced on singles like "Def. Con. One."} and "Can U Dig It?,"} both included on Pop Will Eat Itself}'s 1989 masterpiece This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!}, their debut for RCA. "Touched by the Hand of Cicciolina,"} an ode to the Italian porn-actress-turned-politician, was another hit, while 1991's Cure for Sanity} marked an increasing interest in dance music. By 1992's The Looks or the Lifestyle}, PWEI} even added a live drummer, Fuzz} (born Robert Townshend}), to expand their ever-mutating sound.

In early 1993, the Poppies} issued their biggest U.K. hit, "Get the Girl, Kill the Baddies"}; ironically, later that same year the group was dropped by RCA}. After signing to Infectious in Britain, they were picked up in the U.S. by Nothing}, a label owned by longtime fan Trent Reznor}; sporting a harder-edged, funk-metal sound, PWEI} resurfaced in 1994 with Dos Dedos Mis Amigos}. Prior to the release of a 1995 remix record, Two Fingers, My Friends}, Crabb} exited the group to focus on his side project, Golden Claw Musics}. March} later gained fame in the big-beat act Bentley Rhythm Ace}. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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