The most significant change in the world of greedy self indulgent corporate music business, was when Crass were able to use Crass Records to make available recordings by other performers. The first of which was the 1980 single "You Can Be You" by Honey Bane. Others who recorded for the label included Zounds, Flux of Pink Indians, The Cravats, Conflict, KUKL (singer Björk), Dirt, The Mob, Rudimentary Peni and the Poison Girls, a like-minded band who worked closely with Crass for several years. Many of these groups, in turn, went on to set up their own independent record labels loosely following the Crass Records model.
Singles released on the Crass Records label had a distinctive 'corporate identity'. As well as lyrically addressing political themes from a broadly anarchist perspective, they were always low priced and usually produced by Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud and engineered by John Loder at Southern Studios in north London.
They also featured sleeves designed by Gee Vaucher, often in conjunction with other artists, wherein the record's title and band name were set in 'stencil' style text in a black ring reminiscent of Robert Indiana and Jasper Johns' works. These sleeves usually folded out into large posters containing additional artwork and text.
John F. Loder (7 April 1946 – 12 August 2005) was an English sound engineer, record producer and founder of Southern Studios, as well as a former member of EXIT and co-founder of the Southern Records distribution company with his wife Sue.
He was also the studio engineer of choice for Crass and Crass Records, and was often considered to be the band's "ninth member". #crass #crassrecords #label #johnloder #pennyrimbaud #geevaucher #steve_ignorant #steveignorant #diyculture #subculture #true #independent #collective
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