Minny Pops

  Minny Pops: Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement
FBN13CD (replacing LTMCD-2384) - Factory Benelux CD

Minny Pops' debut album, originally released in 1979 on Plurex, will be re-released as a double CD set on 20 October 2014 by Factory Benelux.

Disc one includes nine bonus tracks in addition to the digitally restored and remastered album. This material includes the band's three-track debut EP Kojak; a 2003 remix by Zip and DJ Smacker of Dolphin's Spurt; and 12 minutes of video footage comprising 5 live tracks, recorded at the Amsterdam Filmakademie in 1979.

The band lineup for the original studio recording of Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement was: Wally van Middendorp (vocals, drum machine); Stef Emmer (guitar); Dennis Duchhart (guitar); Frans Hagenaars (bass). Produced by Minny Pops.

Disc two features 2 features a complete live performance of the album recorded at Dansmakers in Amsterdam on 11 March 2012, with band members Wally van Middendorp, Pieter Mulder, Dennis Duchhart, Thomas Myrmel, Bart de Vrees, Jeroen Kimman and Wilbert Bulsink.

Disc one: Springtime I \ Minny Pops \ Hologram \ Total Confusion \ Dolphin's Spurt \ Motor City \ Springtime II \ Monica \ Flash Goes The Eye \ MD Mania \ R.U. 21 \ Mono \ Muzak \ Kojak \ Footsteps \ Nervous \ Dolphin's Spurt (remix)

Disc two: live recordings of Springtime I \ Minny Pops \ Hologram \ Total Confusion \ Dolphin's Spurt \ Motor City \ Springtime II \ Monica \ Flash Goes The Eye \ MD Mania \ R.U. 21 \ Mono \ Muzak

"One of those enjoyable albums that is at once of its time and just slightly out of it. Minny Pops here slot into more of an early Human League / Cabaret Voltaire approach of minimal melodies and murky, crumbling noises shot through with murmuring keyboards" (All Music Guide, 10/04)

Listen to Monica from Disc 2 of FBN13CD here:

Pre-order the Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement CD directly from Factory Benelux/LTM Recordings.


  Minny Pops: Sparks in a Dark Room

Sparks in a Dark Room
FBN15CD (replacing LTMCD-2351) - Factory Benelux CD
FBN15/BP068 - Blowpipe vinyl

In March 2014, Factory Benelux reissued Sparks in a Dark Room as a deluxe two-disc 36-track package. Disc one features the original 12-track album and 11 bonus tracks. Disc two is a 13-track live recording of the band performing on 7 April 2012 at the Melkweg, Amsterdam. A month later, Blowpipe Records released Sparks in a Dark Room as a 2-disc vinyl set.

Produced by the band in late 1981, Sparks in a Dark Room was originally released by Factory Benelux the following year and saw the band at the zenith of their powers as creators of driving modern electronic dance music, redolent of DAF, Simple Minds and Moroder-era Sparks. Outstanding tracks include the motorik rhythms of Dream, Tracking, Trance and A Feeling, and eerie, twilit essays such as Black Eye and Vital. All feature Wally's literary, darkly humorous lyrics and ironic ‘Gregorian’ vocal style. In addition to the entire Sparks… album, this extended CD includes all tracks from the Time and Een Kus singles, the spin-off Smalts EP from 1982, exclusive compilation album tracks and previously unheard demos such as Kogel and Body Language.

Personnel: Wally van Middendorp (vocals, drum machine); Wim Dekker (keyboards); Pieter Mulder (guitar). Produced by Minny Pops.

Disc one: Mountain \ A Feeling \ Tracking \ Crack \ Vital \ Blue Roses \ Black Eye \ Wong \ Experience \ Dream \ Night Visit \ Trance \ Time \ Lights \ Een Kus \ Son \ Secret Story (demo) \ Schitterende Ogen (demo) \ Time (demo) \ Werktitel #7 \ Werktitel #5 \ Werktitel #1 \ Werktitel #8

Disc two: Kogel \ Blue Roses \ Tracking \ Vital \ Goddess \ Dolphin's Spurt \ Wong \ Night Visit \ Secret Story \ Time \ Trance \ Mental \ Son

"The Interpol of their day, and it's aged surprisingly well" (Q Magazine, 4/03); "The cold menace of the album sounds remarkably fresh 20 years on, bearing favourable comparisons with contemporaries such as Simple Minds and Tubeway Army as well as the current crop of analogue pretenders" (Uncut, 5/03); "Fascinating. If you can keep a straight face while listening to Interpol, you'll love it" (Muzik, 5/03); "A real lost electropop classic from a time when minimal synth-pop crossovers were rightly lauded as being pioneering. Minny Pops established a firm identity as purveyors of fine, hypnotic Euro trance pop, and SIADR is a lost classic of a kind" (Whisperin' and Hollerin', 2/03); "This places Minny Pops squarely within the realm of an early 80s interface that pitched accessible pop conveniences and electronic experimentation in the same arena" (Tangents, 3/03)

Buy the 36-track 2-disc CD edition of Sparks in a Dark Room directly from Factory Benelux/LTM Recordings.

Buy the 25-track 2-disc LP set of Sparks in a Dark Room (which includes digital downloads of all 36 tracks included in the CD edition) directly from Blowpipe.


Minny Pops: Secret Stories


Secret Stories

This compilation brings together material recorded by several incarnations of the band, and is led by the four tracks released on their two Factory singles, Dolphin's Spurt and Secret Story. The CD also features four tracks from an unreleased 1980 demo, rare compilation album tracks such as Possessed by the Stars and She Said Go-Go-Go, and four tracks each from the Poste Restante and 4th Floor albums.

Dolphin's Spurt \ Goddess \ Island \ Secret Story \ Ice Cube Wall \ Mono \ Jets \ Goddess \ Time (12" mix) \ Kogel (demo) \ Body Language (demo) \ Last Drink In The Lounge \ Possessed By The Stars \ Vreemde Dagen, Vreemde Nachten \ Left Behind (Achtergelaten) \ Wandering (Wandelen) \ Cool (Koel) \ Fighting Man \ West Desert Shore \ Back Home \ Palm Beach \ She Said Go Go Go

"Post-punk electro pioneers" (Uncut, 5/03); "The two Factory singles are excellent" (Muzik, 5/03); "They still sound challenging, occasionaly wayward and often bafflingly brilliant" (Tangents, 3/03); "The two Factory singles are among their finest achievements, with Dolphin's Spurt spurred on by some nicely bleached Keith Levene-ish guitar" (Whisperin' and Hollerin', 3/03)

Buy the Secret Stories CD from Factory Benelux/LTM Recordings.
Digital download retailers include iTunes Nederland iTunes US iTunes UK


Minny Pops: Poste Restante

Poste Restante
VR 22436

Poste Restante, a play on the theme of travel featuring the actresses Marianne Boyer, Ditha van der Linden and Heleen Verschuren, was first presented by the theatre collective Exota in Haarlem in December 1982. Minny Pops composed and recorded the music for play, and this album was released in 1983.

Personnel: Wim Dekker (synthesizer), Wally Van Middendorp (vocals, lyrics), Pieter Mulder (bass, guitar), Rubin Ootes (drums), with guest appearances by Denis Duchhart (piano), Ruud Junge (horns) and Mathilde Santing (vocals). Produced by Wally van Middendorp.

Koel \ Wandelen \ The Sea \ Drom \ Achtergelaten \ Vreemde Dagen, Vreemde Nachten \ On Our Side \ Piano \ Raag \ White Wings

Purchase Poste Restante (digital download only) from Blowpipe.


Minny Pops: Fourth Floor

Fourth Floor
MD 7990

Recorded and written by Minny Pops and produced by Wally Van Middendorp, the band's final album was released in 1985. It features guest appearances by Mark Tegefoss (guitar), Andre Bach (guitar), Ad van Meurs (guitar) and Karin Nyuhuis (vocals).

Personnel: Wim Dekker (synthesizer), Wally Van Middendorp (vocals, lyrics), Pieter Mulder (bass, guitar).

Palm Beach \ Touch \ Fighting Man \ Back Home \ Wave of Flames \ Secure \ West Desert Shore \ East Cairo \ State of Mind

Purchase Fourth Floor (digital download only) from Blowpipe.


Minny Pops: Standstill to Motion - Live at the Melkweg, 19-03-1981

Standstill to Motion: Live at the Melkweg, 19-03-1981
LTMCD-2566 - LTM Recordings CD
B007AER8YA - Cargo Germany vinyl

"I never wanted to be in a band," recalls Wally van Middendorp, "and my plans were for Minny Pops to be a project with a strictly limited lifespan. I wanted to make a statement, I wanted to release records, and I wanted audiences to hear and face our music - and whether they danced and clapped or got confused and hostile almost didn't matter..."

Recorded live on 8-track with the same lineup that toured North America and recorded the band's Peel session, this 15-track audio CD (released January 2012) captures a group of performers who, despite van Middendorp's best intentions, sound like a powerful, provocative and compelling unit. Like a band.

A 17-track bonus DVD, Live in Amsterdam and New York, includes video footage from performances at New York's Hurrah and Peppermint Lounge, from Amsterdam's Filmacademie, and from the Melkweg gig featured on the audio CD.

Personnel: Wally van Middendorp (vocals, drum machine); Wim Dekker (synthesizer); Gerard Walhof (guitar); Lion von Zoeren (bass). Mixed and mastered by Reinier Rietveld.

CD: Wong \ Lights \ Trance \ Mountain \ Blue Roses \ Kogel \ Jets \ Mental \ Time \ Island \ Son \ Vital \ Tracking \ Dream \ Crack

DVD: Kogel \ Stralers \ Time \ Mono \ Dream \ Wong \ Lights \ Trance \ Een Kus \ Crack \ Goddess \ #2 \ New Muzak \ Total Confusion \ Mono \ M.D. Mania \ Dolphin's Spurt

Buy the Standstill to Motion CD from Factory Benelux/LTM Recordings, Bol.com or Play.com
Buy Standstill to Motion vinyl via Amazon.de
Digital download retailers include iTunes Nederland iTunes US iTunes UK

Minny Pops: Waiting For This To Happen/Glistering

Waiting For This To Happen/Glistering
OGEN 019 - O Genesis Recordings 7" vinyl

Minny Pops' first studio recording in almost 30 years is a double-A-sided 7" single featuring the tracks Waiting For This To Happen and Glistering.

It saw the light of day at the behest of O Genesis label owner Tim Burgess. Tim produced these two tracks in September 2012, with engineering assistance from James Spencer, at Eve Studios in Stockport.

The band lineup for these recordings comprised Wally van Middendorp (vocals), Wim Dekker (keyboards), Pieter Mulder (bass), Mark Ritsema (guitar) and Thomas Myrmel (programming). Both tracks were written by Minny Pops. The sleeve artwork was made by Victoria Kochowski, and stars an enigmatic cat named Nigdy.

Waiting For This To Happen/Glistering was released on 26 November 2012. Although the limited-edition vinyl 7" is now out of stock, the digital single is still available via O Genesis Recordings, Blowpipe, iTunes Nederland and iTunes UK.

You can read the lyrics to Waiting For This To Happen and Glistering here.