Released in 1982 with unplanned irony as the Falklands War raged on, Christ, The Album, another double vinyl half-studio/half-live release, once again aimed to take no prisoners. It’s controversial and boundary pushing style has been at the crux of critic and fan discussions for the years that followed, but admittedly received unquestionable respect and admiration. Harry Sword phrases it best: “Christ, The Album is too good for the TV punk documentaries, that’s why it’s still relevant and dangerous now.” Read his thoughts as the album marks it’s 30th year in the sonic ether.
“By 1981 Crass had been in existence for four tempestuous years. In that time we’d encouraged punk to grow from being no more than just another ‘great rock’n’roll swindle’ into a genuine movement for change. Anarchy had been rescued from the dusty libraries of academia and the equally dusty dreams of barstool bullshitters to become the catchword for a whole new generation of streetwise activists.” – Penny Rimbaud
Cut to new lacquers at Abbey Road studios from the untouched original analogue vinyl master, this double LP comes with the original book (“A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums”), original poster and the addition of a download card giving you free access to an mp3 download of the album. All of the original tracks remain intact, including recording of their 1981 summer gig at the 100 Club in London, as well as other studio tracks, demos, radio broadcasts and cassette recordings, leaving no Crass gem unturned.
The merry Southern elves are set to travel north at the end of the month (please insert Game of Thrones jokes here) for the incredible Fat Out Fest. Hosted by the excellent Manchester promoters Fat Out Til You Pass Out and taking place at the Islington Millover in Salford they’ve allowed a minor takeover from the Southern team as we set up shop to peddle our wares.
Taking place over two days on the 25-26 August and featuring no less than Lydia Lunch, Jarboe and Mister Alexander Tucker who has now twice graced our Latitudes series as well as a whole host of local bands we are ecstatic to be invited to run our stall whilst listening to an incredible bunch of artists. We’ll be bringing along a range of goodies for you to buy and quite possibly coming up with some wonderful deals as well…. what they are, well, you’ll just have to turn up to find out!
Tickets are on sale now – just £15 for a day pass or £25 for the weekend. For over 30 bands that’s a silly price, but don’t complain- just get your ticket whilst you can!
Fourth in line of release from the Louder Than War label (the brainchild of legendary musician/journalist/crusader John Robb,our new favourite band (and soon to be yours) Fawn Spots bring a burst of fast-paced pop to the LTW family with Spanish Glass.
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It is a pleasure to announce the second edition of Penny’s deeply profound series of poems from 2005-2007. Published by Bracketpress in association with Exitstencil Press, this issue comes in a sleek 144 page paperback book completely redesigned with a recently added new introduction from Penny Rimbaud.
“Whereas I might once have believed that the poems in this book represented the universal whole, I now consider them at best to be a description of a journey towards it, cartographic works whose value is in their articulation of process. May your journeys bring you to a deeper self.”
– Penny Rimbaud, Spring 2012