Incredibly sad news about Mensi, my thoughts are with his family and friends. I always admired him, he was a man of great principles and an inspiration to us all who were fighting for a better world. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
See you later mate. Steve
Thomas ‘Mensi’ Mensforth, singer with the Angelic Upstarts passed away following a battle with Covid, aged 65.
As most of you know Ian Walsh, our Cork promoter and friend, suddenly passed away at the end of August this year (2021).
I personally have no involvement in organizing gigs as the promoter deals with that side of the tour. Over the last couple of months, I and several other people have tried to find out what was going to happen with the rescheduled gig in 2022.
We only managed to find out that several tickets were sold from a record shop and from Ian. The venue was dealing directly with Ian and has taken the gig of their gig list.
Because the venue has failed to interact with us, it now seems obvious that they have cancelled the show which is completely out of our control and of huge regret to us and the memory of Ian.
Apart from it being a huge disappointment it is also a financial loss to the people that bought a ticket, the band, the support bands, the sound guy and everyone that was directly or indirectly involved.
More importantly Ian will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends during this sad and difficult time.
The Dublin and Belfast gigs -28th and 29th January 2022, which are organized by a different promoter are still going ahead (Covid restrictions permitted) and hopefully we’ll be able to see you there.
As soon as I’d written that song I had an idea for a t-shirt using one of the photos we had of Evie walking back from the shop with a baseball bat. For her it was a toy but it was a great image to go with this song. It was only a couple of months ago that with the help of Simon from Carry On Screening that my vision became a reality. He cleverly used part of the Slice Of Life Symbol (created by Brian from Flesh and Bone) to create this great image.
From design, to print, to sew on the labels, to getting it on the web shop took about 3 months. At the time of designing this great t-shirt we had no idea that Evie would no longer be with us. I hope you like the design and what it stands for as much as we do.
Sorry to have to tell you that after this there will be no more new pictures of Evie appearing as she passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning. Just picked up her ashes and she is now safely tucked up in the garden with daffodil bulbs for company.
We had a wonderful 10 years with a wonderful companion – yes, tears but also smiles and great memories.
Our very first gig of the IGNORANT TOUR after 18 months delay, had to of course start in Nottingham where Crass played 37 years ago. We were all pretty nervous and super excited to finally get on stage and perform those Crass songs that we’ve been rehearsing for the last 2 1/2 years.
What a night! Thanks to our Special guests ‘Static Kill’ and ‘The Blunders’ for joining us. Massive thanks to Lee Garratts from ‘Both Eyes Open’ for setting up the gig and of course a very special thank you to all that come along. It truly was a great start of our tour.
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)