Little Annie (the artist formerly known as Annie Anxiety) has been a part of the extended Southern family from the very beginning. Having encountered Crass in NYC at the fag-end of the Seventies, she was entranced enough by Steve Ignorant’s tales of life in the communal Crass home of Dial House that she upped sticks to move across the pond and become part of their clan – gigging with them and writing lyrics for some of their songs including the seminal feminist punk anthem “Shaved Women”. (Read part of the story here.)
A decade or so later she was living in the garden of On-U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood’s East Ham home and making records with the On-U posse. In 1992 she released the album Short And Sweet on the On-U Sound label. It included this song, “Bless Those” aka “Little Annie’s Prayer”, in which Annie bestows benedictions upon all of society’s outcasts – the ad men and jazz men, boxers and bankers, the glamourous, dangerous formless and spineless…
If the tune sounds familiar, it may be because it was notably recorded by Living Colour (whose ranks included On-U compadre Doug Wimbish, a co-writer of the song).
We still prefer Annie’s version, and the hint of mischief in her voice when she croons “…and those that could go either way”.
You can pick up the remastered reissue of Short And Sweet in our web shop, and enjoy a 33% discount on any of Little Annie’s CDs if you enter the code “Annielovesme” at check-out. (Valid until 31 October 2013.) Be sure to stop by Annie’s Facebook page to thank her if you do!