19 Oct 2012
New Minny Pops single on O Genesis 
Dutch conceptual art-pop-electro pioneers Minny Pops will cap a year that has seen their first live performances in over 30 years with the release of their first new material in a similar length of time in the form of a single on Tim Burgess's O Genesis label out 26 November 2012.

Front man Wally van Middendorp says that the vinyl/digital download comprising Waiting For This To Happen/Glistering is "the never-hoped-for bonus of our reformation. It has been a long journey from FAC 31 to OGEN 19."

For the recording of the new material, the band returned to Stockport where the aforementioned FAC 31 single had been recorded in 1980 at Strawberry Studios with producer Martin Hannett behind the desk. The current Minny Pops line up of van Middendorp, Wim Dekker (keyboards), Pieter Mulder (bass), Thomas Myrmel (programming) and Mark Ritsema (guitar) spent an afternoon in September 2012 at Eve Studios with O Genesis proprietor (and FAC fan) Tim Burgess producing.

Artist: Minny Pops
Title: Waiting For This To Happen / Glistering
Label: O Genesis
Catalogue number: OGEN 19
Release date: 26 November 2012

Minny Pops in the kitchen (via minnypops.com)

To celebrate the single's release, Minny Pops play The Quietus Occasion (OGEN 027) at The Lexington, Islington on Monday 26 November 2012. This special live event will also feature a live set from Pavlov's Children, readings by Craig Parkinson and DJ spots by Tim Burgess and Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor.

The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road
London N1

Tickets available now priced 9.00 GBP in advance from wegottickets.com

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