The Name Is Crass Not ClashPosted: February 11, 2011
And so we come to crass did you love them or did you hate them? well I must have loved them at some point as I have a crass tattoo but they seemed to divide the punk world at the time.
Cries of anarchy seemed to be for real from their lyrics but they lived in a commune was that not what hippies did? I was confused!
I remember the feeding of the five thousand coming out and buying it and being a bit bemused by it but after a lot of plays I loved it, to me it was the true DIY spirit of punk but with hindsight produced by hippies and punks!
I suppose I was a true contradiction a clash fan who loved crass too but it was all music to me, the imagery was brilliant and the pricing of the records was great too very very cheap!
I saw Crass twice and it was too me a very dark and quite scary experience the noise the small places they played the flashing lights, they were very strange gigs!
Looking back on the whole crass movement you can now see it as the start of the new age hippy thing that probably still goes on now, but peaked in rave, it spawned a lot of terrible bands like GBH discharge and poison girls, to me these were not what punk was about it was more arty and subversive then just shouting anarchy more attitude then Mohicans!
Punk Is dead but i still have my crass tattoo and still play the feeding of the 5000 now and again!
If you’ve not played Crass for a while give them a spin it still sounds fresh and angry!