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Penis Envy [Import]

Crass Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (3 Jan 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Crass Records
  • ASIN: B000001U0B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Systematic Death
3. Poison In A Pretty Pill
4. What the F**k
5. Where Next Columbus
6. Berkertex Bribe
7. Smother Love
8. Health Surface
9. Dry Weather
10. Bonus Track

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CD Description

The Crassical Collection continues with Penis Envy, number three in the series of re-releases of Crass' now classical albums. After many years of being out of print, this legendary album has 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 real artefact. Included in this package is a 64-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine which sheds light on the making of the record, plus a recreation of the original poster sleeve. 'There were, and still are, ideas within the words of these Crass songs which can act as tools to choose and use for a while as you go on your own crazy, sweet way. When they no longer serve you, discard them. Good luck...and laugh.' 'She who shouts the loudest? Well, yes, and what's more I'm in no doubt at all that it can be heard to advantage in the resultant remix. Penis Envy turned out to be the closest Crass ever got to sounding anything like a proper rock 'n' roll band, tunes 'n' all.' ''Bloody hell,' responded Steve, 'it sounds almost commercial.' Which, of course, was a dirty word to all of us. 'Maybe,' I conceded, 'but the message certainly isn't.'' Newly remastered, and bolstered with rare and unreleased tracks. · All new artwork from Gee Vaucher including a recreation of the original poster sleeve. · Includes a 64-page perfect bound booklet featuring extensive liner notes from Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Are Still Angry! 31 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Crass deliver a post punk album that is musically their most creative. In the same year as Ghost Town by the Specials, Gang Of Four Solid Gold and Cabaret Voltaire's Red Mecca. Penis Envy was part of the soundtrack to Britain falling to pieces. I thought revolution was finally here but then came Spandau Ballet and punk was binned for "new romance"!

30 years on and this album is still relevant and the music hasn't dated. It can be experimental one track then get quite funky on another.

Crass opened up many new ideas that I still hold today. I might be a grumpy old man now but I'm still angry at the greedheads running the planet....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crass at their most musical 21 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the most all-round listenable Crass album. Being all female vocals and with a feminist theme, it's different to anything else they've done but still definately Crass. Although Crass have never been about music, this is one that might turn your freinds on to them.
If i had to choose only one Crass album it would be a difficult choice between this and Stations Of The Crass, but taking 'listenability' into account, it would be this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sordid Sequences In Brilliant Life..." 15 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Beneath its polished black surface, Penis Envy is Crass at their tightest, almost clinical even, it is intricate and disturbing in places but many of these soundscapes and lyrics deal with the perverse and the bound. The front cover (of the original album release, beautifully reproduced here in miniature with a stunning 64 page booklet) features the face of a plastic doll which appears trapped yet eternally willing within its tight, open mouthed, shrink wrapped shroud.

One of the album's themes is the portrayal and perception of women as grotesque dolls, finely air-brushed and polished to 'statuesque perfection.' Which brings us to the lyrics, and what lucid and lurid lyrics they are. Joy de Vivre and Eve Libertine wrote some of the most beautifully strange lyrics that I have ever had the good fortune to read, they really do blend from a brilliant landscape of dark lyricism to the delicate paths of a unique, startling poetry. To illustrate this here are some wonderful examples.

From Poison In Pretty Pill. (by Joy de Vivre)

'They deal with flesh, incarcerate with rags, red lips, shimmer-silk and body bags, hairless legs against the blistered napalm burn. I want to rape the substance of your downy hair, in that mist a gutted child fights for air. Against the fragile, mashed and sweaty wound, your facile beauty has an outrageous sound, like a glamour billboard on a battlefield. At least the blood-red poppy was of natures will. That flower perfecting by the barbed wire fence must be insulted by your scented poor pretence.' In terms of musical intelligence, Poison In A Pretty Pill is also very interesting with those needle-like guitar sounds, small and sharp at first, then spreading, like the effect of ink in water.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful noise with a coherent feminist message 5 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great lyrics, great music, politically astute and inspiring noise. That was Crass and this was their finest hour, they surprised many that they lived up to their ideals in creating this feminist masterpiece. The perfect complement to their 'working class' album, 'Stations of the Crass'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CRASS with female vocals. 19 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not one of their best but still a good album with a few catchy numbers.Best song Where next Columbus?.Cant beat some original punk now and again.
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