1/20/2009

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

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6 Comments:

At 10:56 PM , Blogger Alex said...

Great stuff! The White EP also includes a "rap" version of "Truckin'" and explains that some bands have the same members and play different songs, but the Pop-O-Pies have different members and always play the same song...

 
At 3:46 PM , Blogger Nazz Nomad said...

We used to sing the Pop O Pies version of Truckin at Dead shows

"sometimes the lights are shinin on me/other times it's raining out"

 
At 10:50 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Great record. "Sometimes the lights are all shinin on me/ Other times... it's like I'm a frybrain!"

 
At 8:47 PM , Blogger kayaker said...

THANKS FOR THE MENTION AND YOU'RE VERY WELCOME. THE REST OF THE SONGS ON THE EP ARE GREAT TOO. ANYONE INTERESTED SHOULD GO TO A SITE CALLED CUEBURN. SEARCH FOR POP O PIES AND THE DOWNLOAD LINK IS 1/1 AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG. THE PASSWORD IS RIGHT NEXT TO IT. #frisco I THINK. I WISH THE BAND COULD GET TOGETHER AND RELEASE THE EP ON CD. I THINK THEY ARE FIGHTING OVER THE RIGHTS. ENJOY AND TRUCK ON! TAKE IT EZ, PAT

 
At 6:29 PM , Blogger sharkattacksteve said...

The best and most original bands to come out of the Frisco "punk" scene were Flipper,the Toiling Midgets and the Pop-O-Pies.

Oh and I'm from Frisco so I can call it Frisco and I was THERE.

 
At 1:05 AM , Blogger Matthew said...

Thanks for the tip Pat! When I found the vinyl in a Goodwill Thrift Store it was already too beat up to bother transferring. I've been needing this for a while - but hadn't looked for it until now. Thanks again!

 

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