John White was U.V. PØP right from the start. First as a one man band for the 80s when he began playing live in the early part of 1982. Back then his ´band´ consisted of nothing more than himself plus a series of pre-recorded backing tapes. The arrangement proved both pragmatic and effective as with this arrangement there were no other band members to consider, no compromises, just a man and his Revox and, as Richard Strange once sagely observed: ´A Revox doesn’t answer back.´This line-up served him well, early concerts included supports with In The Nursery, Danse Society and the fledgling Pulp…. His first single was recorded and produced by Cabaret Voltaire – it took him to support slots with hitherto unknown Culture Club, John Cooper Clarke and Nico plus an invite to perform in Holland and with it a live peformance on Radio Hilversum’s Sunday afternoon show VPRO Spleen. It was at this time that he was picked up by the legendary John Peel and this time also that john joined Sheffield group Artery as guitarist for a short tour of Italy and a series of UK dates, leaving subsequently however to concentrate on his main passion UV PØP.
A speedy journey through the 80s – future favourite songs emerged – like “No Songs Tomorrow”, “Serious”,”Anyone For Me” and surprisingly – the uncompromising “Sleep Don’t Talk”. As John’s catalogue expanded – first with the critically acclaimed “No Songs Tomorrow” album and it’s follow up “Bendy Baby Man” so did his band – ditching the revox for a clutch of fellow travellers. All through this time other recordings were made – “The Cellar Tapes”, “Live in Amsterdam” (from John’s performance on radio Hilversum), late on the unreleased albums – “Millbank Street Sessions” and “In Your Skin”. Then all seemed quiet, but John was recording new tracks in his studio, and making plans with long time accomplice and drummer Tim Woad for a return to live work. A new century came and John reformed the band – new members were brought in and he started gigging again. The early material has been re-issued and the as yet unreleased material is coming out on genetic music. „The Cellar Tapes“ (as a split with John’s pre-UV POP band called the I Scream Brothers) and „In Your Skin“, both as limited Edition Vinyl and also as CD incl. Bonus material such as original Demos etc. Another release of more recent material is also planned.
John is playing live these days back to just using backing tracks again and being joined by a bass and/or another guitar player sometimes.
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