PopsiCal is rumored to be a Swedish techno/jazz/two-step/metal-core fusion act from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1999, the band is supposed to have released four studio albums and one extended play record with five contemporary Beatles remixes. The members of PopsiCal, John and Jane, are said to be 19 year-old midgets residing in upstate Pennsylvania . They do not release promotional materials for their music, such as magazine advertisements or supplemental music videos, nor has anybody met them or seen them perform. As a result, the debate over the existence of John and Jane as humans is highly controversial, although the band has been well established throughout the last decade. A sub-cultural cult following began to build behind the group with the release of their first two full length albums, Popsicle California in 2001 and Pickle Pops in 2003, which both reached over ten million in worldwide sales by 2004 (including 5,578,729 copies sold in the United States) , supposedly making them the youngest musicians to sell over 5 million records domestically since the Jackson Five.
In response to PopsiCal’s minimal exposure to mass media and questionable existence, several musicians’ rights activists groups have published claims that accuse the act of being a computerized hoax that latter-day Charles Manson follower Sandra Good organized in the mid 1990’s in an attempt to raise money for their collaborative environmental movement, ATWA (Air Trees Water Animals). Proponents of this theory imply that Good and her affiliates have access and knowledge to incredibly advanced musical technology that can essentially simulate the conceptualization and production of random, yet competent melodies that do not require human adjustment. While Manson remains in Central Valley’s Corcoran State Prison, these activists claim, Good and the ATWA advocacy group are able to remotely manipulate their software to produce ground-breaking and subtly politically-themed music that people around the world buy and love to fund undefined ‘habits and campaigns’.
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2 - American Music Industry Report. Physical Album Sales Down, Digital Sales Up; PopsiCal takes the cake. (2004). American Musician, 33(3), 13.
3 - Steve, J. (n.d). A star is born in PopsiCal. USA Today.
4 - Manson Direct. A Reflective Statement from Charles Manson (2010). www.atwa.info.