Anarcho-punk collective approved by Sleaford Mods, Björk, Neurosis …
They derived their band name from a sentence – ‘The kids were just crass’ – from David Bowies classic ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Crass hollered that they were not only DIY, they lived it too. So they had their own community (Dial House), ran their own record label (Crass Records), and designed their own now iconic album covers. With the track ‘Punk Is Dead’, they sneered at The Sex Pistols and The Clash who had soon sold their souls to major record labels.
Their classics ‘The Feeding of the 5000’ (’78) and ‘Stations of the Crass’ (’79) still sound just as highly topical and brutal these days. Moreover, the soul of Crass lives on with vigour in the form of a band called Sleaford Mods (who name-drop them whenever they can). Björk adores them too, even if only because Crass released the first two albums of her band Kükl on their very own Crass Records.
Steve Ignorant presents ‘Crass Songs 1977-1984’
Exactly 35 years after Crass threw in the towel (Crass had already decided that they would stop in the ‘George Orwell’ year of 1984 when they started the band), Crass-frontman Steve Ignorant decided to head out on the road again and perform songs from the rich Crass oeuvre. The dismal state of current affairs simply obliges him to.
Steve Ignorant (vocals)
Carol Hodge (vocals & keys)
Pete Wilson (gitaar)
Pete Rawlinson (bass)
Q&A with Steve Ignorant by Kurt Overbergh
Steve Ignorant is a torrent of words and a barrel full of stories. Crass fan and artistic director Kurt Overbergh will cross-examine him about the past, the present, and the future.
Screening of Crass (related) documentaries
The finale programme is being completed, but Sunday is the perfect day for screenings!
The musical kick-off will be given by English punk-rock band The Cravats who once released a single on Crass Records in ’82.