Steve Ignorant presents The Last Supper… this week!

The Last Supper

In planning for nearly a year, this week the tour that Steve Ignorant is calling “The Last Supper” kicks off with two dates in the UK – Bristol O2 Academy on Friday 24th and Birmingham O2 Academy on Saturday 25th.

The tour is subtitled “Crass Songs 1977-1984″ and Steve says it represents the last time he will play these songs on stage with a band.  (Presumably he is not ruling out a pub tour in his twilight years, accompanied only by a ukulele.)

The tour is an important celebration of a band who are often overlooked in the media’s misty-eyed remembrances of punk.  Steve explains his own reasons for doing the tour in an interview with Manchester’s Under The Pavement radio programme.

Also featured on the programme is an interview with Peter Jones from Paranoid Visions, who will be supporting on the Manchester gig on 1st October.  The tour then moves on to Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd October.  A full list of gigs is below.

The Last Supper 2010

Fri 24 Sep  UK Bristol – O2 Academy
Sat 25 Sep  UK Birmingham – O2 Academy
Fri 01 Oct  UK Manchester – Academy
Sat 02 Oct  UK Edinburgh – Liquid Room
Fri 15 Oct  NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
Sat 16 Oct  DE Köln/Cologne – Underground
Sun 17 Oct  DE Frankfurt – Exzess
Tue 19 Oct  DE München/Munich – Feierwerk
Wed 20 Oct  DE Berlin – Festsaal
Thu 21 Oct  PL Lodz – Dekompresja
Fri 22 Oct  DE Hamburg – Hafenklang
Sat 23 Oct  DK Copenhagen – Loppen
Sun 24 Oct  NL Groningen – Vera

Sat 20 Nov FI Tampere – Klubi
Sun 21 Nov FI Helsinki – Nosturi
Fri 26 Nov IE Dublin – Village
Sat 27 Nov NI Belfast – Empire

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Crass catalogue update

Now that the Crassical Collection has released The Feeding of the Five Thousand on CD, there have been a lot of questions about when the rest of the CDs will be released, what about vinyl etc etc.  So I thought I’d share our current “strategy” with you.  Although “strategy” seems like a word which is far too organised to apply to us.

Crassical Collection future releases

These release dates are for the UK only.  Other countries are being confirmed by our distributors now.  Hopefully it will all get synchronised as we go on!

  • The Feeding of The Five Thousand CD – August 2010
  • Stations of the Crass CD – October 2010
  • Penis Envy CD – November 2010
  • Christ the Album CD – February 2011
  • Yes Sir, I Will CD – March 2011
  • Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day CD – April 2011 Continue reading

The Feeding Of The Five Thousand on Crassical Collection

“Five thousand’s a crowd (four thousand nine hundred and ninety nine more than I imagined were going to buy the record), but two’s company (I knew for certain that my Mum would want one), so it was on the plate, ready to serve, The Feeding of the Five Thousand.”

The Crassical Collection is finally here, and the first release is the newly remastered The Feeding of the Five Thousand. After several years of being out of print, this legendary album has been been restored from the original analogue studio tapes, 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 all lyrics along with extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which shed light on the making of the record. Also included is CD-sized recreation of the iconic original fold-out poster sleeve.

“We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused.”

The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.

“Easy listening? You ain’t heard nothing yet.” Continue reading