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were they a pointless crusade in slop producing too many records with zero replay value?! or were they rockin?! more specifically, was anyone around during the peak of crass records? did you ever see them live? listening to disc 2 of Christ the Album, where everyone is singing along, it really sounds like there was a thriving scene going on. while your at it search and destroy crass records. search: the kravitz.

chippy, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

destroy: chumbawumba

chippy, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

search: kukl

Everyone should own the vinyl edition of Christ The Album/Well Forked...But Not Dead. Viva materialism!

Jeff W, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

There's an interview with Penny Rimbaud in the lates edition of the Idler magazine - d'you think a person like him has any right to appropriate an artform he has no real empathy for i.e. pop music - maybe their sound was more akin to anarchy than Chumbawumba but they should have stuck with the propaganda if you ask me. The whole interview was peppered with boasts of his transgression from the world of emotions, apparently he doesn't want to get involved in the theatre of life anymore - love's for poseurs and weaklings etc. he's like an uber-Rollins - however, put Crass on stage with Black Flag, we'll see whose message is the most powerful (and paradoxically more primal Mr Rimbaud).

Nebbesh, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I think I gave away Feeding of the Five Thousand to impress some girl. I haven't seen the girl in ten years but I sorta wish I still had the record. "Jesus died for his own sins, not mine!"

Andy, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

tell me more about kukl. bjork's band that was on crass records right? did anyone ever see them perform?

chaki, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I saw Crass when I was 15 and they were fuckin awful- neither one thing or the other, though to be fair only half the band turned up so they didn't play any of the tunes which the women sang. And when I expressed my opinion to my mates, who were talking to Penny Rimbaud, he didn't seem to mind (though my sister cringed, as sisters do) . It was only 50p or something silly to get in too. And they did set up Southern, which has done much good work over the years. There's a good story about him meeting John Lennon on Ready Steady Go in Dave Cavanagh's Creation story. Penny wins two albums of his choice, so he picks Mingus and Shostokovich (I think) and Lennon hands them over with a funny look. If he hates pop at least he's been there, and at little expense to the punter over the years. Penis Envy was the best record , but it was their temporally predictive catalogue numbers which showed true inspiration (421984, 321984, 221984 etc).

Snotty Moore, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Crass were a band that revealed the truth - not necessarily on purpose - about a punk scene that has been mythologised over the years.

Their outlook was probably far too situationalist to carry them too far though. If you put them out now as a band/concept I guess it would do well. It was never really about good music. Although good songs were a by product of their anger

Bird's put the turd in custard, but who put the shit in number 10? Wasn't me I was far too young?

Sonicred, Friday, 1 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't have any around now but from memory:

Penis Envy was pretty good, an underrated postpunk record, especially "Poison In a Pretty Pill" and "Berkertex Bribe." "Yes Sir I Will" is cool too. I like how the multi-tracked screaming gives way to that piano ballad. Some of the tape-collage stuff is decent. "Nagasaki Nightmare" was OK. Destroy: anything with male vocals.

sundar subramanian, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My first and still fave of Crass's is "10 notes on a Summer's Day", which I bought only because I heard Adrian Sherwood has something to do with it. Still pretty damn amazing... as is "Yes Sir I Will".

Search: later artier Crass

Destroy: well, bad punk bands who think Crass is just about "DO THEY EEW OSS A LAVANG! (OKOSSDEDU! OKOSSDEDU!)"

Brian MacDonald, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
anyone who is anti religion has got to be good.who cares what the music is like. anti religion is the only way for humans to evolve.

del a robbo, Sunday, 5 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Search: Christ: The Bootleg

Best under $5 live album ever.

Jon Williams (ex machina), Wednesday, 13 August 2003 16:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Best Before 1984. There's something so paradoxically, ridiculously great about the idea of a Crass greatest hits albums. And they really did have some amazingly great songs: "Do They Owe Us a Living," "Big A Little A," "Bloody Revolutions." And stuff like "Shaved Women," though genuinely awful, is still not without its charm.

Tom Breihan (Tom Breihan), Wednesday, 13 August 2003 17:24 (seventeen years ago) link

There needs to be a band like them now, except with Keith Emerson burning American flags.

dave q, Wednesday, 13 August 2003 17:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I was around at the time, saw them several times, supported them once.

Crass: total, absolute, complete and utter classic.
Crass's music, particularly live, mostly dud unfortunately.

Destroy Chumbawamba my arse!

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 14 August 2003 14:17 (seventeen years ago) link



Nothing else to add.

Jim Eaton-Terry (Jim E-T), Thursday, 14 August 2003 15:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic. Penis Envy RULES, as does Feeding of the 5 and Stations of The Crass. And I actually LIKE "Shaved Women," by the way. "screamin' BAY-bees, screamin' BAY-bees...."

Anyone dig Schwarzenegger?

roger adultery, Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:52 (seventeen years ago) link

"How Does It Feel To Be the Mother of a Thousand Dead" = greatest protest song ever, because they're so furious it sounds like they're about to explode into sobs, or just explode.

Douglas (Douglas), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:59 (seventeen years ago) link

i can't believe i missed snotty moore's anecdote abt lennon and p.rimbaud on ready steady go! lennon doesn't just give PR — who is very much dressed as the modern boho jazz fan c.1961 (it wz 1966), complete w.dodgy beard — a funny look, he makes some devastating snidey comment

he had won the LPs for a design-the-next-beatles sleeve comp

is cavanagh right? is it really penny rimbaud? this is too good a story and i am suspicious

mark s (mark s), Thursday, 14 August 2003 22:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Probably every bit as true as that one about them being "banned from the Roxy" for being too dangerous and anarchic, Mark!

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 15 August 2003 08:11 (seventeen years ago) link


mark s (mark s), Friday, 15 August 2003 08:27 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree with Stewart Osborne - ie crass = classic, the music not. Also, the music is like Throbbing Gristle, it thinks it's being pure but really it's being corruptedly goth. I mean the music thinks it is being art, but really it is being what upstart working class people like me might do if they tried to do art. In fact in a funny way you could say that it's like those victorian poor house poets who wrote non-experimental verse in the vein of Tennyson. Except for now the mainstream of High Art is of course John Cage. But that's very unfair and I think Crass were brave and good.

m.s (m .s), Friday, 15 August 2003 10:18 (seventeen years ago) link

story regarding rimbaud/lennon is true...according to rimbaud anyway, its recounted in his autobiography 'shibboleth'. (i got it out from the library, its very funny)

joni, Friday, 15 August 2003 11:03 (seventeen years ago) link

".... the music thinks it is being art, but really it is being what upstart working class people like me might do if they tried to do art."

I always felt it was more like an artist's impression of what they thought upstart working class people might do if they tried to do art; if that makes any sense to anyone?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 15 August 2003 11:04 (seventeen years ago) link

It made me laugh for five seconds and I don't get to laugh v often.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 15 August 2003 11:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Naw, it's def what upstart working class people would do if they tried to do art. Look at all the big words. (Then again, the profanity throws a wrench into things) "Media coverage of Vietnam/ created massive dissent in the USA!"

dave q, Friday, 15 August 2003 19:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Interesting; I'd look at that and reach the precise opposite conclusion: i.e. the profanities are there to try to create an appearance of being working class while the rest of the vocabulary suggests something very different....

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Saturday, 16 August 2003 12:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic, if only for the accompanying politics, rage, zine-fodder, and jumping-up-and-down it gave to US MidWest kids.

Orbit (Orbit), Saturday, 16 August 2003 17:11 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...
the worst article about music in the history of the printed word.

benrique (Enrique), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 13:45 (fourteen years ago) link

that 'story of crass' book is pretty good, if a little dry in places and i like how george berger is fairly critical of them in places.

one of my favourite crass memories is when 'christ - the album' entered the album chart around number 22 and kid jensen (then doing the album chart show on radio one) simply said '...and at 22 there is an album by a band who as they haven't sent us a copy we are unable to play'. no mention of the artist or title!

stirmonster (stirmonster), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 13:54 (fourteen years ago) link

fair play kid jensen because crass are fucking terrible.

benrique (Enrique), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

There's a good story about him meeting John Lennon on Ready Steady Go in Dave Cavanagh's Creation story. Penny wins two albums of his choice, so he picks Mingus and Shostokovich (I think) and Lennon hands them over with a funny look.

I saw a photo of this.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 13:58 (fourteen years ago) link

"were they a pointless crusade in slop producing"

haha, this still kills me. some of the greatest rock production of the last 30 years. or ever, really.

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 14:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I have never heard any of their albums except the first one. But I've got most of their singles, which are all brilliant little artifacts. Fantastic aestetics which really opened up the medium of what you could do with a seven inch record. Listen to "Sheep Farming In The Falklands" - as vicious and barmy as any record that was ever produced. "Whodunnit?", "How Does It Feel..", even "Reality Asylum" are all inspired.

everything (everything), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Crass rock like buggery and are smart, funny and inventive in ways that most of their followers seem to have missed, sadly.

James Herbert Dip (noodle vague), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 16:33 (fourteen years ago) link

i can't believe i didn't post here to say "classic" and not much else of any relevance. except skot otm, noodle otm, etc,etc.

GOD PUNCH TO HAWKWIND (yournullfame), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 16:39 (fourteen years ago) link


latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link


sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 18:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Can you c+p all of that article here Enrique? You need a login to see it all. I can handle it!

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

they were banned from the roxy. ok?

chaki (chaki), Thursday, 19 October 2006 04:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Crass owns it. Tons of fun! "Sheep Farming in the Falklands" is more angry/crazy/train-off-the-rails than Jello Biafra & Nomeansno's "Jesus Was a Terrorist", which is tough to wrap my head around. Lots of Crass songs are total singalongs when you're at the bar with Crusty punks who know all the lyrics and don't notice when you forget some, and Crass is also great in the morning. When I haven't listened to Crass in a while, they are very refreshing to hear, just like early Bad Brains and G.G. Allin's "You Hate Me & I Hate You" are refreshing in their honest vitriol. The simplicity of their straight punk songs is fresh and endearing, while the lyrics are dumbed-down Foucault. Their agnosticism, egalitarianism and anti-dogmatic, anti-ideologue stance is a punk standpoint that was never washed out, and you can always return to Crass albums for a fun time. Canonical, early political and anti-religious punk in the vein of Dead Kennedys & Bad Religion. Bless 'em!

mat maiellro (chelvis), Thursday, 19 October 2006 06:57 (fourteen years ago) link

So so so super classic, especially . . .

"Sentiment (White Feathers)"
"Rival Tribal Revel Rebel"
"Shaved Women"
"Do They Owe Us A Living"
"Reality Asylum"

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Thursday, 19 October 2006 07:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic, even if only for the packaging. Favourites are: "Do They Owe Us A Living", "Shaved Women", "Big A Little A"... and most of all, "Bloody Revolutions".

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Thursday, 19 October 2006 08:03 (fourteen years ago) link

also 'bata motel' and 'walls'.

i've just done a mix for radio one's essential mix that includes 'bloody revolutions'.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 19 October 2006 15:28 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

scott seward, Saturday, 12 December 2009 14:49 (ten years ago) link

of course all it does is make me want more more MORE. so much info left out. so many people. so many other bands. john loder. the label. gigs. and on and on and on. and eve. come on, eve. why so shy? i want a ten hour mini-series, basically. these people are still alive and kicking and eventually none of them will want to talk about it anymore. and all the home movie footage and photos...and live show video...*sigh* i'm just greedy. (maybe a dvd release will have extras and a photo gallery...)

scott seward, Saturday, 12 December 2009 16:08 (ten years ago) link

thanks for the link scott. will tune into that later this evening. what a frigging classic band.

Duke, Saturday, 12 December 2009 16:11 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Todays Metro, page 42 (recreated as I can't upload pics here)
Crass: Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis

Mark G, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 11:11 (nine years ago) link

I agree, Crass are totally classic. Your mother needs to be forced to listen to Crass. I think that even they rejected their extremism - also totally classic. No one owns you.

Shut up and pay, you vain pompous matinee idol (u s steel), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 15:10 (nine years ago) link

(By the way, re the Clash, I don't think any wealthy bastard deserves a medal for 'fund-raising and charities')

an unnecessarily meanspirited aside serving no purpose as far as I can see - the notion that nobody should commend anybody for doing charity work because after all, they're rich, they should do lots of fundraising: how petty and small. people who get rich tend to realize quickly they're not obligated to do jack shit; putting in a day's work for no pay in order to help others is a nice thing to do; upbraiding somebody for giving props to a guy who does some charity work seems pretty sad to me

tallarico dreams (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 23 July 2012 12:54 (eight years ago) link

have you noticed that i'm STILL waiting for that radio station that joe strummer said he was gonna start?

scott seward, Monday, 23 July 2012 13:05 (eight years ago) link

aero otm. sneering at the charitable actions of others is nagl. even if they have committed sins of wealth-having.

contenderizer, Monday, 23 July 2012 14:46 (eight years ago) link

Even if they did nothing other than play on Honey Bane's "Girl on the Run," classic:

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 23 July 2012 18:11 (eight years ago) link

I was listening in on a phone call between Penny Rimbaud and a band who'd released something which was kept in print for years

― crustaceanrebel, Monday, July 23, 2012 1:51 AM

no u weren't

am0n, Monday, 23 July 2012 18:47 (eight years ago) link

good for penny. fuck those crybaby assholes.

OTM. Whiny, entitled pricks. Crass's never said "Pay No More Than Zero".

Get wolves (DL), Monday, 23 July 2012 19:17 (eight years ago) link

no u weren't

― am0n, Monday, July 23, 2012 2:47 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink'

Well, yes I was. Still have Penny's number, in fact!

As far as the Clash goes - I worked with several of them - it's not widely known what catastrophic financial position most of them were in for years after the break-up. Joe really didn't see more than enough to survive on a basic level until the mid-90s, when the band's massive debts to their label (you didn't get low-priced albums like "London Calling" and "Sandinista!" without the band taking reduced royalties) and other parties were paid off. Even at the height of the band's popularity, he couldn't get a loan to buy a decent flat. He makes more money now than he did while he was alive. Topper was reduced to terrible financial circumstances (and not because of heroin, doubters) for years. Yet still, all these guys were generous with their time, energy and talent. And that may not seem like a lot, but that's because quite a lot of what they did they never announced and often refused to publicize. Mick, who's probably the most well-off in the band, being (roughly) 50% of the songwriting team, with post-Clash success and an incredible work ethic, still isn't as rich as you think.

You'd be surprised how little many "wealthy bastards" in punk actually make. Or made. Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian, members of the Damned from the beginning (for the most part), have incomes most people would consider very low middle-class, despite many hits in the UK and strong catalog sales of their 35 years worth of recordings. Guys like John McGeogh, who played with Magazine, Visage, Public Image Lts and the Banshees and had hits with most of them, barely scraped by. I could tell similar stories about loads of people from that era whom many would think would be wealthy. They rarely are very comfortable. But few of them act as ungenerously as Penny and various Crass members.

crustaceanrebel, Monday, 23 July 2012 21:35 (eight years ago) link

am0n, Monday, 23 July 2012 21:46 (eight years ago) link

sneering at the charitable actions of others is nagl.

Probably not but I'm somewhat embittered having worked in the charity sector for a long time (thankfully no more, fuck that shit) which was largely reliant on City of London types for fundraising, y'know those guys who've fucked up the world economy and earn more in a week than you earn in a year and pay less tax than the people who clean their offices? Still they some give crumbs off their table to some poor people (but only if they live a LONG way away from them), so well done chaps. But, yr right, it was a stupid spiteful stab at the Clash, who all seem(ed) like good blokes. Apologies.

SomeTwat from Tring (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:41 (eight years ago) link

Cheerfully accepted, thanks Tom D.!

tallarico dreams (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 13:22 (eight years ago) link

You'd be surprised how little many "wealthy bastards" in punk actually make.

Has anyone actually made serious money from punk other than Brett Gurewitz and Green Day?

how's life, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:27 (eight years ago) link

ian mackaye? or fugazi probably. or whoever owns dischord with ian. they sell a lot of records and those guys get to keep all the money. though i guess they aren't "punk". they came from it though. maybe not serious serious though. they like to keep things cheap.

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:38 (eight years ago) link

During the summer of 1990 MacKaye formed the corporation Lunar Atrocities Ltd in order to shield his own and his band mates' personal assets from the threat of lawsuits. As Mr. Seth Martin, MacKaye’s financial advisor explained to the Washington Post in a 1993 interview: "protection from liability is the main reason to form a corporation, and for these guys it makes sense. If someone got hurt stage-diving and decided to sue, it would be a little harder to go after their personal assets.”

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:41 (eight years ago) link

how many fugazi albums you think they've sold? millions probably. i would hope that they had some money!

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:42 (eight years ago) link

you would think you could get rich just selling hatebreed t-shirts, but i've come to the conclusion that nobody in music is rich except for elton john. and rod stewart. and the rolling stones. that's it. and the 2 beatles. that's really it though.

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

and lionel ritchie. and mariah carey.

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

but that's really it.

scott seward, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Does Urban Outfitters owe them a living

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 September 2013 20:23 (seven years ago) link

they want HOW MUCH for that thing

You are kind, I am jerkface (DJP), Monday, 23 September 2013 20:25 (seven years ago) link

Yes but remember!

Crazy awesome vintage moto leather jacket from the 1990s. Topped with hand-painted punk logos at like Sex Pistols and Crass. Excellent vintage condition. We only have one, so get it or regret it!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 September 2013 20:27 (seven years ago) link

It's MARKET FORCES you see.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 September 2013 20:27 (seven years ago) link

pinched it and put it on this thread too cheers ned!
Post pics of the best/worst Battle Jackets and ILM will mark them out of 10

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 23 September 2013 20:31 (seven years ago) link

"Read Reviews (1)"

Can't read it on this.

Mark G, Monday, 23 September 2013 22:59 (seven years ago) link

Warning(September 23, 2013)
"Cons: I guess I didn't notice it at first but this jacket says A*S*S* on it really huge on the back.
All the kids at school made fun of me.
Pros: Warm, waterproof (kinda).

Proper Punk(September 23, 2013)
"Represents true punk spirit. Well worth the money to be part of the proud history of people like Johnny Vicious

am impressed at the very neat handwriting(September 23, 2013)
"The jacket is so neat. I bet the person who made it was an A+ student. The perfect handwriting on this garment has really helped me to get in touch with my punk side. Rebel! Be neat! Smash the system!

Plastic PUNX(September 23, 2013)
"This is the ideal leather for every plastic punk that knows nothing about punk and at an amazing price!

Well worth the money...(September 23, 2013)
"NEVER has anarchy been so easy to buy, or easy to sell in such a convenient, white-washed form! I bought three, and bought one for my dad for christmas, even though he'll never understand me...

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 07:51 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Maresn3st, Thursday, 24 October 2019 21:33 (one year ago) link


Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 October 2019 21:37 (one year ago) link

anybody picked up those reissued CDs? I'm curious about the sound and the liner notes. They're a little, uh, pricey for what I associate w/this band.

― sleeve, Monday, October 24, 2011 1:32 PM (eight years ago)

Crass are/were classic, but these CD reissues are terrible (and remixed). Avoid.

Book Doula (sleeve), Thursday, 24 October 2019 22:02 (one year ago) link

Yep. This guy knows what he's talking about

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 October 2019 00:25 (one year ago) link

One of them i think it's the feeding of the 5000 reissue has some demo tracks which aren't officially available elsewhere in studio versions, so if you're a conpletist, the Heartwork of the Mortuary is a good song, but other than that I'd avoid them

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 October 2019 00:45 (one year ago) link

It is that one and it's Heartbeat not Heartwork obviously although I swear I've seen it listed as the latter somewhere time. Anyway the pre-Feeding demos are the only songs worth hearing

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 October 2019 01:08 (one year ago) link

It's "Heart-throb of the Mortuary" ffs!

(It's about Tony Blackburn). I enjoyed Penny Rimbaud's explanation that the hippie-producer bloke liked reverb so doused the tracks in plenty, and that the songs ended up sounding like "Donegan on Mogadon"

I liked the "remix" versions, so hey.

Mark G, Friday, 25 October 2019 11:26 (one year ago) link

It's called Heartbeat on the Feeding of the 5000 reissue. Heart-throb on Well Forked But Not Dead

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 October 2019 11:51 (one year ago) link

xp you fucking would, wouldn't you, tin-ears? so how much did you get for the old ones on eBay?

Book Doula (sleeve), Friday, 25 October 2019 13:50 (one year ago) link

I believe there was a certain amount of re-titling of the remasters for a "laff", Steve definitely sings "Heartthrob" anyway.

I didn't sell the old ones - I did sell the new ones though. Still waiting for the new release of "Best Before" with the extra disc - I think it's delayed until next year.

Mark G, Friday, 25 October 2019 15:07 (one year ago) link

one month passes...


- here's the loaves and fishes - make a meal of it – mincepies optional -

As a special seasonal gift, we are making available as a free download the original track stems of Crass' seminal album, 'The Feeding of the Five Thousand', separated to the premix state of the original sixteen track recording; naked, raw and uncooked. Yours for the taking, yours for the making.*

First released in 1978, 'The Feeding of the Five Thousand' pre-empted rap and grime in its hard on the beat, fast fire, uncompromising lyrics. Now's your chance to download the original tracks, do the remix of your dreams and tell it as it is; the message is DIY like it never was before.

Having made your mixes, you are encouraged to send files to us at Crass Records where we will select the most suitable for a 12" vinyl pressing with the current working title of 'More Tea, Vicar?'. All profits will be donated to charities of choice. You do it, we'll stew it.



Download stems:

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:14 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

anyone who is anti religion has got to be good.who cares what the music is like. anti religion is the only way for humans to evolve.
― del a robbo, Saturday, May 4, 2002 8:00 PM bookmarkflaglink

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 April 2020 07:52 (six months ago) link

just realized I'd never heard Stations of the Crass, just Feeding and Christ: The Album.

enjoying this on first listen.

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 April 2020 17:23 (six months ago) link

it's so good

sleeve, Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:34 (six months ago) link

Penis Envy is still my fave though

sleeve, Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:34 (six months ago) link

acquired that one too. it's really catchy! I enjoy that it's just the female vocalists too.

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Sunday, 5 April 2020 03:29 (six months ago) link

the first time I heard "Asylum" spoken word intro to Feeding, I practically screamed in excitement. "Jesus died for his own sins, not mine!"

narcissistic sleighride (Neanderthal), Sunday, 5 April 2020 13:20 (six months ago) link


sleeve, Sunday, 5 April 2020 14:13 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

Seminal Punk Artists CRASS to Release Crassical Collection Featuring Collectible Editions of Classic Albums via One Little Independent

All Crassical Collection Releases to Include Remastered Audio, Rare Tracks, New Art and Comprehensive Liner Notes

One Little Independent Records has revealed details on the Crassical Collection, a collection of seminal avant-punk collective CRASS’ legendary albums, restored from the original analogue studio tapes.

Set for release in North America on October 30, the Crassical Collection includes Stations of the Crass (1979), Feeding of the Five Thousand (The Second Sitting) (1981), Penis Envy (1981), Christ – The Album (1982), Yes Sir, I Will (1983), Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day (1986) and Best Before 1984 (1986). Each of the records have been repackaged and bolstered by rare and unreleased tracks, and stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a true artifact.

The first six albums include two CDs, with the first disc being the main album remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios and the second being a mixture of rare live and remastered studio recordings. Each package also includes a fold-out poster and a high-quality 60-page booklet featuring all lyrics along with extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which shed light on the making of the records.

The Best Before 1984 Crassical Collection is brand-new and has also been remastered and features five fold-out posters and a 52-page booklet.

Pre-orders for the seven releases are available now via Amazon.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 21 August 2020 19:06 (two months ago) link

CDs are $24? Gah!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 21 August 2020 19:08 (two months ago) link

those remasters are a travesty, see above

also, this is very confusing. these revamped "Crassical" versions have already been put out once by Southern?

sleeve, Friday, 21 August 2020 19:29 (two months ago) link

I've had the 2cd "Best before" on order for a year or more, fortunately they are honouring all the previous orders at the old price.

Will let you know if the extras are worth it..

Mark G, Friday, 21 August 2020 22:32 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

the band writes a guide to their albums on Bandcamp

sleeve, Monday, 12 October 2020 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

I emailed OLI to find out when "Best before" was coming out. Ten minutes later, it arrived on my doorstep!

It's a similar package to the other "Crassical" cd's, two discs and booklet, plus copies of every foldy single sleeve, in miniature.

I've not played it yet, but I'd call it a bargain at the price I paid. Whether its worth £22 is up to youse, but.

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 06:06 (two weeks ago) link

This doesn't seem to have been mentioned here before. Click the "Crass Journal" link at the bottom of the page for an exhaustive 169-page chronicle of the disagreements between ex-members concerning the reissues. Essential reading for interested parties, I'd've thought.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 08:06 (two weeks ago) link

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