Some Pop-O-Pies maybe?A few days ago, when I was sorting through my inbox for the “Music from My Mailbox” post, I came across an email from Licorice Pizza reader Pat.
He had sent along a couple of songs from a band called Pop-O-Pies. Unfamiliar with the band, I kind of skimmed the email and had intended to include one of the two songs with that group post. Looking for some quick info about the band, I found out Pop-O-Pies is not only not a new band, but their history was interesting enough to warrant a little more attention.
It turns out Pop-O-Pies was the brainchild of Joe Pop-O-Pie. He started the San Francisco-based band in 1981. For two years, Joe was the only regular band member, so Pop-O-Pie’s live performances consisted of one song: A cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’.” He picked “Truckin’” because Pop-O-Pies’ version was, for several months in a row, the most requested song on local college radio station KUSF.
Eventually, Pop-O-Pies gelled into a band with permanent members, although Bill Gould and Mike Bourdin would soon depart to found Faith No More. Joe Pop-O-Pie also did a short stint as Faith’s first singer, before returning to his own band. Future Mr. Bungle members Trey Spruance and Danny Heifetz would also pass through the hallowed halls of Pop-O-Pies, playing in the band’s last incarnation.
A couple of other interesting items: Jerry Garcia did hear the Pop-O-Pies version of “Truckin’” and apparently liked it enough to become a big supporter of the band, going so far as to pose with them for a 1983 Rolling Stone pictorial.
And in case you were wondering, the name Pop-O-Pies comes from “A Nation of Pinheads,” which is a Zippy the Pinhead comic written by Bill Griffith. However, in the comic it’s spelled “poppo pies.”
Today’s music (thanks again, Pat!) comes from The White EP, Pop-O-Pies' 1982 debut release.
The Catholics are Attacking.mp3
Truckin’ (Grateful Dead cover).mp3