Yesterday I joined Tim Burgess at one of his listening parties. It was great that so many people at exactly 7pm pressed play or put the needle of their record player down on the vinyl or listened via Spotify/YouTube or other streaming options.
I really enjoyed listening to the album again while tweeting away. If you missed it you can click on the link and listen to it in real time.
Crass has worked closely with One Little Independent Records on ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand Remix Project’. People can download the stems of ‘Feeding Of The Five Thousand’ for free and create their own mix.
During the pandemic domestic violence has increased substantially and all monies raised from the remix project will be donated to the charity ‘Refuge’
Normal Never Was I was available as a limited edition 12″ single on red vinyl and included a digital download when purchased through the One Little Independent store.
Normal Never Was II is available as a limited edition 12″ single on blue vinyl and includes an immediate digital download when purchased through the One Little Independent store. Only 500 records are being pressed.
The release features the latest contributions to the Crass remix project by producers Johnny Dynell and Charles Webber.
Here’s another exclusive coloured 12” single featuring remixes by legendary producer Steve Aoki and Japanese outsider musician Mikado Koko.
The bright purple 12″ single is limited to 1,000 units.
Lets start with the final question: „ Steve, what‘s the story behind the book‘s cover?“ „One of my favourite paintings is called Grande Odalisque by Ingres. There‘s always been controversy about it, this woman lying on her side but the spine is too long for the human torso. Couple of years ago now, I was in the pub in Sea Palling and there‘s a woman called Caroline who lives there. Now, she‘s got a different ability – a difability – if I can put it that way: she walks differently to me or you. And she was standing at the bar and I looked over and was like, ‚my god, that‘s Odalisque‘, so I asked her if she‘d mind having a photo taken. She said ‚yes‘ and that‘s why she‘s on the cover.“
Now that this is out of the way lets focus on the rest, a book about Steve‘s lyrics. After a foreword by The Shend follows a conversation between Steve Ignorant and Matthew Worley. They talk about Steve‘s songs, the lyrics, what they mean, when they were written, why and how. It starts of with „Do they owe us a living?“ that was a Crass song, followed by 39 more songs, some of them Crass, others for Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries and his current band Slice of Life. For fans who want to know behind the scenes storys and anecdotes this is a great source, it is loosened with photos and original script. The reader finds out a lot about the person Steve Ignorant, where he is coming from and where he is at nowadays. In parts very interesting read, mixes with trivial and entertainment. 160 pages, 14,99 £ (Dolf)
Step out into the infinite potential of CRASS remix land. Download for FREE the stem tracks of ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’ and create your own mix. The best of the bunch will be compiled later this year for a charity release as a 12″ vinyl spectacular by One Little Independent.
15th April – Morning All, One Little Independent’s Dropbox account got blocked because there was too much traffic. Ben has upgraded it and everything is now sorted. New link – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xil8f9j9lz32ly6/AAB2TM80jUuSFUCfnjWu9hNSa?dl=0
Today is a special day – Dave King, who designed the Crass symbol, left us last year and today is his birthday. There was meant to be a celebration of his life in San Francisco but obviously that won’t happen. What I would ask is for all of you who have a Crass symbol somewhere – be it on your body or a poster or a t-shirt – doesn’t matter which – take a picture and share it.
I have very fond memories of me, Dave and Dionne in their apartment in Prince Street, NYC putting the world to rights, discussing Jack Kirby’s artwork from the Marvel comics, drinking beers and the next Sleeping Dogs performance.
There is so much I could say but at the moment it’s too emotional so I’ll raise a glass to Dave King who is the King.
What a symbol.
With us forever.
My arms stretch and embrace Dionne, his soul mate.
All the best Dave, decorate the walls wherever you are with your felt pens and save a place for me.
This is a strange weekend for me, the band, the rest of the team and probably many of you as this weekend was going to be the start of the IGNORANT TOUR.
Two years of planning, one year of rehearsals and getting physically fit to play at a sold out show in Leeds followed by the Uni in Newcastle. To say we’re gutted is an understatement but do we feel defeated? NO, we will fight this virus and we will be back. Take care, stay safe and see you at the rescheduled dates.