Poptronix – TV Programmed TV Set

Poptronix – TV Programmed TV Set // War of Crime (Klang!) 1981. You wouldn’t be wrong to assume, upon listening to the A-Side of this great single, that Poptronix was a UK band. The singer sounds like a peer of Howard Devoto or Johnny Rotten. Is he from London? Manchester? How about New Jersey. That’s right, Poptronix was from the Garden State of all places. Hackensack, to be precise. When I was a kid, fake British accents were synonymous with “poseur” for me. I had way too many rules when I was a kid about what was good and bad. With that said, faux-Brit vocals are kind of a novelty. A novelty Poptronix drop for the B-Side, War of Crime which is an even better song. Besides their New Jersey origins, very little is known about the band other than this. Who were these guys? What venues and shows did they play? Did they ever play a show with XeX for instance? When did Poptronix form? When did they break up? These are the questions that I need answered. So Poptronix People, if you’re reading this, please fill in the story.

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11 Responses to Poptronix – TV Programmed TV Set

  1. MrFab says:

    Heh, we should start a list of Best Poser British Accents. I’ll start:

    The Rotters “Sit On My Face, Stevie Nicks”

  2. Texas Bell-End says:

    Mydolls “The(r)apist”

  3. Joe says:

    Luchs Brothers – Kiss Me Im Rotten

  4. bruce wingate says:

    There’s a good chance they might have played here, Joe…


    The Dirt hosted so many new wave bands that even years later the owner was still adding a “The” and and “s” to every band’s name.

    One night I watched him introduce “The Agnostic Fronts.”

  5. Joe says:

    The Agnostic Fronts! Thats almost better actually.

  6. mike says:

    I am almost certain that the nucleus of this band became The Communicators, who were even more obscure. (I have their only 12″ EP, which doesn’t include a contact address or any identifying information.) If any Poptronix people respond, let me know so I can badger them with Communicators questions.

  7. Becky says:

    So. This is really funny. Because for the record, my parents were in the band The Poptronix and in the Communicators.

  8. Brian Payne says:

    Hey! I played bass in Poptronix. We played in New Jersey & New York & did many shows. CBGB’s.. Close Encounters.. Soap Factory..Dirt Club (lots with The Smithereens…Pat’s a pal) Several; appearences on the uncle Floyd show & even did a semi-pro video of a Song called “Meatrack”! Filmed in a slaughterhouse in Newark (I vomited more then once that day). Meat Rack was shown on MTV (when it was NEW & commercial FREE!!) Band broke up in ’8o?…lasted about 3 years. I went on to Join the Undead in ’81 (played on Verbal Abuse 45).. Ed the singer formed Playdo then Communicators. I’ve known Ed since the 60′s & we’re still buds…Good Times!

  9. Joe says:

    Becky – is your dad Ed?

    Brian – Is there any more Poptronix hidden anywhere? That 45 is awesome!

  10. Becky says:

    Yes, Joe, Ed’s my dad, and Sue is my mother. They got married. :)

  11. mike says:

    The Communicators’ EP has shown up online:


    Becky: would be much obliged if you could email me privately. Got tons of questions.

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