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Crasstafarianism

MH Lambert "flux1984"
 
The Feeding Of The 5000
The Feeding Of The 5000
"Life-changing album if ever there was one. This is where it all started and an absolute must."
Stations Of Crass
Stations Of Crass
"Blistering follow-up to their earlier release. Contains many fan favourites - particularly "I Ain't Think, It's Just a Trick!""
Penis Envy
Penis Envy
"Perhaps the pinnacle of music and politics in this absolute blinder of an album. All-female vocals with my all-time favourite "Where Next Columbus.""
Christ The Album
Christ The Album
"The beginning of a departure in sound, incorporating much of Rimbaud's earlier Avant-Garde influences. Some superbly challenging tracks nevertheless. The second disc is quirky but quality."
Yes Sir, I Will
Yes Sir, I Will
"Some tend to knock this as a the final move into Avant-Garde but I absolutely love this. The intensity of the politics is spellbinding. One for dedicated fans but not novices."
Acts of Love [CASSETTE]
Acts of Love [CASSETTE]
"I must confess this is a final step over the edge into Avant-Garde EXIT stuff for me. Unfortunately I only have this on vinyl but it emphasises the hippie origins of the band. For die-hards only."
Ten Notes on a Summers Day
Ten Notes on a Summers Day
"Again, like Acts of Love, this is the poetry of Rimbaud set to free-flow jazz. It has actually grown on me but it is definitively not punk. Sounds quite similar to the Ex; a gentle"beautiful frenzy.""
Best Before 1984
Best Before 1984
"Collates their EPs and Singles. All the sing-a-long classics on here: "Bloody Revolutions", "Big A, Little a" and "Rival Tribal Revel Revel" among others."
Christ the Bootleg
Christ the Bootleg
"Gives those of us who weren't around then a brief insight into the live machinations of the band. Mixed quality of recording but a great sample of songs."
You'll Ruin It for Everyone
You'll Ruin It for Everyone
"A live album plagued by rabble-rousing violence among the Scottish punks. Good quality and worth its salt."
Shibboleth: My Revolting Life
Shibboleth: My Revolting Life
"Rimaud's stylistic take on the whole legend of Crass. Interesting and well-written, but lacks the depth and questioning of Berger's book."
The Story of Crass
The Story of Crass
"Great and interesting read and peels behind the layers of the Crass legend. Very few people I haven't lent this book at some point. Very few."
The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984
The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980 to 1984
"Has a small section on Crass, but conveys the massive impact they had. Just about all the bands said "I liked punk, then heard Crass... and it was never the same again." I know what they mean!"
Love Songs Crass
Love Songs Crass
"All the lyrics and respective composers in this book. Worth having for Rimbaud's introduction as although he is sometimes hard going, he is always worth reading!"
The Day The Country Died [2007] [DVD]
The Day The Country Died [2007] [DVD]
"Bit of a disappointment and has been superseded by "There Is No Authority But Yourself" but is worth a view at least once."
Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistence Since the Sixties: Cultures of Resistance
Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistence Since the Sixties: Cultures of Resistance
"Contains a chapter on the impact of Crass. Largely redundant due to the detail on Wikipedia of all things, but one for the diehards."
Sense of Solitude
Sense of Solitude
"What Steve did next (well, after Schwartzeneggar). It's alright, but doesn't have anywhere near the same punch as Crass."
No Sighing Strains Of Violins
No Sighing Strains Of Violins
"As above."
Death of Imagination
Death of Imagination
"Picks up where the Avant-Garde stuff left off. I do love this album though, not politically savvy but inspiring!"
Penny Rimbaud's How?
Penny Rimbaud's How?
"Similar in style and sound to the free-form poetic ramblings of late-Crass and Rimabud/Eve Libertine work (Skating the Side of Violence). It's a grower, not a show-er. The opposite of punk though."
Savage Utopia
Savage Utopia
"The Diamond Signature (Rimbaud's other book) put to music at a live performance. My advice is to listen alongside the book. It helps."
Crass Art and Other Pre-postmodernist Monsters
Crass Art and Other Pre-postmodernist Monsters
"You'll be lucky to grab a copy of this, but it contains other similar collage-confronation work of the Crass artist. Provocative and better than Banksy (ish...!)."
The Last of the Hippies: An Hysterical Romance
The Last of the Hippies: An Hysterical Romance
"Recalls the demise of Wally Hope and Pen's life before it all went black (pardon the pun). Ever heard the Levellers' "Beanfield?" Remember Wally Hope!"
Diamond Signature & The Death Of Imagination: A Novel in Four Books
Diamond Signature & The Death Of Imagination: A Novel in Four Books
"Companion book to the aforementioned Avant-Garde performance. Experimental, and very '60s but links the beat-poets to the punks in a roundabout way."
12 Crass Songs
12 Crass Songs
"Anti-folk anarcho-legend Jeffrey Lewis showing his punk colours. I prefer "It's the One's Who've Cracked" but it's not Crass. Listen to everything he's done. Honestly. Do it."