Crass was an anarchist collective/punk band from Essex England, formed in 1977 and active until 1984. This is one of the most important bands to my early teenage self, as although I’d already gotten into plenty of punk music, Crass was the first band that really spoke to me about politics, gender, government, and the potentiality of alternate ways to live and think, among many other things.
This is their first record The Feeding of the 5000, released in 1979 on Crass Records. This is apparently the 2nd pressing, which they called The Second Sitting.
One thing that is rarely discussed about Crass, as it’s overshadowed by their political activism and tribal community DIY spirit, is the incredibly unique way the band actually sounded. In no way is it remotely typical punk rock, and absolutely nothing else sounded or sounds like them. Listen to a song from this record, whether it be “Do They Owe Us A Living?”, “Banned From The Roxy,” “Punk Is Dead,” etc for an example of this bizarro sound that has never been replicated.
I found this copy @streetlightrecords in San Jose in my late teens.
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