Stations of the Crass
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from the legendary Anarcho-Punks, part of the Classical Collection reissue series. This album has been repackaged with a 64 pg booklet that features lyrics, liner notes from band members Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud, a CD sized recreation of the original fold-out poster sleeve 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 artifact. Includes Peel Session from 1979.
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With the avant-garde vision of Sun Ra, sonic power of the MC5 and poetic lines worthy of the Beat Generation, the CD was originally released as a 2-album set; three sides recorded in the studio four days after the concert tracks, which was side four. The incredible bluntness and wealth of timeless issues covered seem to be summarized when Steve Ignorant belts out: "They said that we were trash/Well the name is Crass, not Clash."
Working class hero, indeed.
Recently I was reading the lyrics to the song, because it had come back into my head after years of not really listening to much Crass. I had no idea that the song focused on the death penalty and the case of Myra Hindley (one of the two involved in the Moors Murders of the 1960s).
The lyrics were intelligent, and difficult. I say difficult because I struggle with my believe in the death penalty. On one hand I support it, but on the other hand I know that justice can and will be wrong, and is often motivated by inferior influences than we would like. But that's what Crass does. To this day a Crass song, when you really listen, not just hear it, can do that to a person.
Crass were almost like the Amish in their strict adherence to their ideals. I know I don't have the gumption to be so steadfast, I have to respect them. Crass' music is often critisized as being "subpar" but that was never really the point anyhow. Their music, like everyhting else they did, was confrontational. It was hard to ignore.
So while I'm much, much, much to the right of Crass in my ideaology, I respect this group and listen to them, and others, with an open ear. This is not just some protest band going through a phase. This is a well-thought-out execution.
Frankley, this is their best album. Get "Best Before" if you need a sampler. But "Stations of the Crass" is truly the apex of the group as a creative political force. And for the love of Crass, please READ the lyrics!
Crass come out of the gate with a different style of punk than most others. The rhythms are martial, as if leading the troops out of apathy. Their politics aren't the fashionable type. Crass live in a commune south of London that abides by the principles of "anarchy and peace," and each song is a rough-hewn composition that shows extreme commitmemt. On this record, the band stretches themseves to the limit, doubling the output of their classic Feeding of the 5000 and adding a half album of live tracks.