M "POP MUSIK" (1979 SingleAND 1989 Remix)

By Mark Nobes

You can watch a performance of the 1989 remix version of "Pop Musik" on Top Of The Pops in the video clip above, with Anthea Turner as the host. Pop Muzik was originally a #2 hit on 12th May 1979 (#1 in the U.S.) in 1979, but a remixed version released ten years later in 1989 was also a hit, peaking at #15 in the UK singles chart.

Fronted by Robin Scott (he went on to work with Ryuichi Sakamoto on two albums) the British band's first single "Moderne Man" was a total flop, but the second single release "Pop Muzik" brought brief success, but subsequent singles weren't very successful.

The song has been described as the perfect pop song by many due to the combination of simple lyrics, catchy, repeating melody and the perfect choice of subject matter.
Scott's brother, Julian, plays bass guitar on the song, and drumming is provided by Phil Gould, who formed Level 42 with his brother Rowland and Mark King in 1979.
The follow-up single Moonlight and Muzak (which was also released in 1979) briefly entered the charts, peaking at #33, but further singles failed to break into the Top 40 until the re-release of Pop Muzik in 1989. The 1979 album New York-London-Paris-Munich failed to chart in the UK and peaked at #79 in the U.S.
The baby featured on the front cover of the single is Robin Scott's daughter, Bernice.


The lyrics were penned by Robin Scott, and feature lines from classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. For instance, a line in verse 1 "Fee-fi-fo-fum"  borrows from the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, and in verse 2, Scott borrows from the nursery rhyme "eenie meenie miney mo". In verse 3, a snippet from the nursery rhyme This Old Man is used; "Knick Knack Paddy Whack".
Robin Scott performing
Robin Scott (who is English) appeared with his French girlfriend and backing vocalist Brigit Novick on Top Of The Pops, who was dressed in a Sari, as she is from an ethnic background.