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To start with a lame cliché, Crass is a band that you either love or think is total crap. I, personally, am one of the people that love it. Since I'm not old enough to ever have actually seen them play, I can't give you a review in context of late-`70s Britain, or the response to this album. All I c.
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To start with a lame cliché, Crass is a band that you either love or think is total crap. I, personally, am one of the people that love it. Since I'm not old enough to ever have actually seen them play, I can't give you a review in context of late-`70s Britain, or the response to this album. All I can give is what it means to me.

The albums starts with the nightmarish spoken-word "Asylum," spoken by Eve Libertine. The song speaks of Crass's hate for the tyranny and violence that they believe was perpetrated by Jesus Christ and his followers. The song reaches its climax with screeching feedback and noise. This sets the album's tone right from the beginning. The Sex Pistols may have hated the Queen, but they never pissed on "God." The next track, "Do They Owe Us a Living?," sets the band's style for the remainder of the album. It has a fast, martial beat, screeching, simplistic guitars, and heavy anarchist and anti-authoritarian lyrics, sung by lead vocalist Steve Ignorant. Most of the tracks on the album sound similar at first, but all have intense, recognizable lyrics with a bit of sarcasm. The enduring "Punk Is Dead," which (apparently) sparked a wave of meathead-punk backlash, laments the acceptance of bands like the Sex Pistols and the Clash into the mainstream. "They've Got a Bomb" is a typical lyrical topic for punk albums, but Crass's atypical playing and writing will leave you a bit surprised the first time you hear that song.

Another two spoken-word pieces, "Fight War, Not Wars" (the band's slogan), and "Women," break up the simplistic but catchy punk songs. Bassist Pete Wright sings on three of the tracks, which contrasts nicely to Steve, Eve, and Joy's voices. The album finishes with a refrain of "DTOUAL," providing a sort of "closure."

This release has so much attitude, naive anarchist lyrics (ANOK4UOK?), and bizarre chord progressions that it will leave you confused, and happy. This will shake your perception of what punk can be. In my opinion, this album was so far beyond what any of their contemporaries were doing, that it just destroys them. A great, bizarre, angry album.

 

 
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RevSpaminator (March 17, 2011)

It doesn't get any more real than this.

SouthernLovin (February 4, 2009)

Their best.

The_Wayfarer (January 24, 2008)

Obviously a very important album, but my favorite is still the epic "Yes Sir, I Will." I owe a lot of my musical and political influence to Crass. Great, great band.

The_Crowing (October 25, 2007)

This CD is a classic. This is the band that got me into real punk. Sure, the music is... different... But, the message is still relevant today.

fugazifreak (May 4, 2007)

Crass took punk to a whole new level
they were the first to define anarchy in music (besides MC5)
ten times better than the Sex Pistols

tittytwisterbudy (December 24, 2006)

Crass is the first full band to truly define the word "punk." Ghandi was prolly the first person to do that

Anonymous (July 9, 2006)

Their music is great, their politics is fucking awful. The "I hate the living dead" rant in "End Product" is unbelievably classist and offensive.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Although their recording quality is all hell, Crass is definetly the most influential punk band in my book. Their idea of Anarchy made tons more sense than Sex Pistols or Clash. They were made offers to big labels multiple times, and every time they turned it down. Their drummer wrote an autobiography of his life and half of it is about his time in Crass. Great book. I recommend it to all who respect Crass. It's called 'Shibboleth - My Revolting Life.'

Anonymous (December 26, 2005)

good album.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 4, 2005)

I wasn't calling him black and I've never pretended to be in a horrible situation. I was just pointing out if you're 'poor' in America, that's still a 100 times better than being poor in another country. And the score is for the album. I love Crass.

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

I was planning on buying this album as soon as I get some money.

On a side note, the comments on this review demostrate the exact reason why I stopped visiting this site. Have fun acting like little kids.

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

FuckYouOiOi, you've got a case of the pot calling the kettle black

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 2, 2005)

Dear GreenVandal,
If you have a computer and an internet connection, you're richer than most of the world. Also, if you're a college student and have two jobs, how do you have enough time to post on this site?

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

http://euclid.nmu.edu/~jasbarne/haha/proven_mosh.mpeg

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

Dear Green Vandal,

Cry me a river.

Sincerely,
Will

GreenVandal (November 1, 2005)

I'd respond to you Will but you would just name drop like thirteen bands that no one else has heard of to prove how much better you are then me, because we all know that knowing obscure thrash bands is the determining factor of how a argument is won.

Hows Moms internet connection treating you?

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

"Wah Wah Wah: The Life and Times of Green Vandal"

Anyway, feedingofthe5000, you don't think the Clash could start a "great discussion?"

-Will

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

Shut the hell up feeeding5000

feeeding5000 (November 1, 2005)

See how great a band Crass is? They can spark a debate about philosophy and human nature. NOFX could never do anything like that. Neither could the Clash, whom everyone seems to love.

GreenVandal (November 1, 2005)

""Everyone should care exclusively about their interests and no one elses because you are responsible for your own productive capacity and the fulfillment of your own dreams and that weight should not be given to anyone else nor should you have to bear anyone elses unwillingly. Everyone should pull for themself."

You do know that not everybody is as rich as you are, right?"

I am 22 year old college student with over 28,000 dollars in debt working 2 part time jobs just to stay afloat. I pay my own bills, I buy my own books, I have never had a dime contributed to me since I was 16. I have my own apartment and I walk everywhere because I can afford neither a bike nor a car. My mother is a single parent with 4 kids who is also a full time college student on top of having 2 jobs. She cant help me. No one helps me but me.

In conclusion, go fuck yourself.

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

its good to see an ethics argument on the internet.

what is wrong with all of you.

score is for the crass font, not the band.

wyzo

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

This album is the biggest piece of garbage i have ever heard

BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH

FuckYouOiOiOi (October 31, 2005)

"Everyone should care exclusively about their interests and no one elses because you are responsible for your own productive capacity and the fulfillment of your own dreams and that weight should not be given to anyone else nor should you have to bear anyone elses unwillingly. Everyone should pull for themself."

You do know that not everybody is as rich as you are, right?

GreenVandal (October 31, 2005)

Also...trading is the essence of human existence. Everything you do is a exchange for something else. Every gesture is a bargain and every hug is barter. Everything in this world has weight and value and human beings try to advance themselves by pitching the wares they have available to them as best as they can. Whether that be money, good looks, or a great personality doesnt matter. Everything is done for a reason and everything is done with hopes for a positive consequence...or at least it should be. Otherwise you are just wasting your resources on futility and I dont see that as a particuarly fulfilling way to live.

Sorry. Red Aubins comment and that popped into my head.

Yup.

GreenVandal (October 31, 2005)

have any of you ever stopped to think what is wrong with being greedy or selfish? There is nothing wrong with being greedy or selfish outside of some sort of ethical imprint that is made on all of us from the day we are born.

Everything people do is selfish. EVERYTHING. Even when you help someone else. For example, buying your child a toy makes your child happy, which makes you happy. Seeing your child happy makes you happy otherwise you wouldnt waste the effort on the little snot.

Everyone should care exclusively about their interests and no one elses because you are responsible for your own productive capacity and the fulfillment of your own dreams and that weight should not be given to anyone else nor should you have to bear anyone elses unwillingly. Everyone should pull for themself.

I could go on and on but I think I gave the jackals enough to chew on. Anyone want to argue philosophy? I'm bored.

Crass is good shit.

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

You're against a crap band because kids might like them? Isn't the fact that they're a crap band enough? Plenty of kids enjoy Crass, too, you know... I know I got into them at age 14.

-Will

feeeding5000 (October 31, 2005)

I totally sparked a debate on human nature on a punk website that isn't even really an MB. Cool. Oh, and the anti-MCR thing is just because of the whole "if something is more accesible to kids, it must suck" thing that music eliteist assholes (like me?) have. And I personally cannot tell if MCR's singer is male or female. It's like a Davey Havok of the 2000's.

JohnQ (October 31, 2005)

They were great when they tried to write songs, not so much when they just talked over feedback. although I no longer fuly agree with much of their politics, this is a great album

AlmostPunkEnough (October 31, 2005)

in the end, i do sort of agree with you. but also remeber i'm not saying this whole selfish-gratification thing sis bad at all, in fact, i think it's good. there needs to be something ingrained in us that makes us want to be accepted and be a part of our cultures self-preservation, regardless of what culture it is. a society of every person for themselves would not work very well. even some of histories most violent cultures were still very relient on the helpfulness of their own people to each other.

i'm always amazed when people act like this is so horrible, why is it bad that you do good things for some feeling of happiness, why is everyone so obsessed with the 'greater good'? i truly belive in my heart that i only do good things cause it makes me feel better about myself, but it's not like i say "oh fuck it" and don't help. my problem comes from those who are self-righteous about it, who truly belive that they are immune to this, no one is. no one does ANYTHING without selfish motivation, it's part of being human, and being human sometimes sucks. more important than anything though, and like i keep saying, who cares about why you do it, just do it.

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

Well then I guess that's just what you think from your experiences and I feel sorry for you. You can kind of say that about anything, but when it comes down to it, if you do something to help someone/something else and you don't expect any sort of reward, I think that would defy your own logic. I'm sure a lot of people do nice things for self-gratification, but that's not really a bad thing weighed against the possibility of them doing nothing at all to help.

-Will

AlmostPunkEnough (October 31, 2005)

WIll, i do think the fundamental nature of people is greed, just not always materialistic greed. very many people will do things for others and not require anything physical in return, but they still get that feeling of accomplishment for helping that they want, which sometimes is as important as any tangible thing. again, this is much better than demanding $100 for helping a little old lady cross the street, but i still find it to be people simply feeding their own ego.

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

"have to say, personal attacks about my various inconsistencies are almost as good as the posts that say "dude crass sucks ass they r posers only mcr is real punk". oh, here's another personal fault: I'm what you would call a "n00b". do I need to get "pwnd"?"

So what your saying is everyone who thinks your a dip shit listens to My Chemical Romance?

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

Hm, I guess I just don't think that the fundamental nature of all people is greed. I think that might be the nature of opportunists, but that only constitutes a minority of people.

I know lots of people who do favors and don't expect anything in return... Nothing tangable, at least.

-Will

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

The current state of the Ex are what punk could be. This is what punk is at its rawest.

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

I don´t know if someone mentioned that the title of this record was "feeding of the 5000" since the first pressing was in that quantity and they thought they couldn´t sell them all.
To this day this record have sold over 100 000 copies at least.

B.t.w this record was perfect to annoy some rightwing people in highschool who thought Sex pistols and Ramones were the flavour of the month and so punk and cool.
They never grasp what did was about,too political,weird and over the top.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 31, 2005)

I think superdude died...

that wouldn't be good, what would i laugh at in reviews?

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

I think superdude died...

aubin (October 31, 2005)

Capitalism actually doesn't have much to do with an exchange economy, it's about ownership of the means of production.

"Capital" is an umbrella term referring to money and equipment used to produce goods and services. The term itself comes from Marx (Kapitalist) and specifically from the Communist Manifesto.

An exchange economy is a very old concept; there is evidence of market/exchange economies from as long as there are records. Whether or not there is some sort of medium of transaction (i.e. money) or not, people have always traded. We'd never have left the caves if people didn't figure out that they could trade.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Oh, and the basic way that people operate is through capitalism. Humanity is driven by greed. If we do a favor for someone, it is because we expect something in return; ie, an excahnge:capitalism.

you should go to school and actually pay attention. human beings have been on this planet for 130,000 years, give or take. capitalism has only been in existence for 600 years, and that's a loose definition of capitalism. not only that, but there are many different cultures that are not capitalist that are around today.

stevejonestherealbones (October 30, 2005)

i think fuckyouoioioi shoulda reviewed this...he's gotta crass mouth on him

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

localh (October 30, 2005)

You CRASS fat ass you stupid steroid fuck.....
i'll bet you even named your grand prize monster truck

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

Sorry about the apparant bias of this review. I got the album...2 years ago? It has really, REALLY changed my tastes in music. This and "Repeater" are probably my two favorite albums, closely followed by "Blind Roaches..." by the False Prophets.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

I'm a flaming fairy fucking faggot.

-Will

dazed (October 30, 2005)

This is a pretty sweet album, it sounds like the weirdest fucking thing the first time you hear it. I dunno, the band's willingness to live their political stance is certainly laudable but it seems like people mention that more than the fact that the music by itself would be very very unique. I like it, though.

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

have to say, personal attacks about my various inconsistencies are almost as good as the posts that say "dude crass sucks ass they r posers only mcr is real punk". oh, here's another personal fault: I'm what you would call a "n00b". do I need to get "pwnd"?

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

ok. here's a funderful example: Jello Biafra. As a human being, he's about a million times better than me. He calls himself an "anarchist", yet he still ran for office, operated within the legal system, and has repeatedly said that humanity, as a whole, is not ready for anarchy. There you go.
Oh, and the basic way that people operate is through capitalism. Humanity is driven by greed. If we do a favor for someone, it is because we expect something in return; ie, an excahnge:capitalism.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

So you're an anarchist, but don't believe that it's possible?

Then why the fuck are you an anarchist?

-Will

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

ok. look at all the people on this site. how many of them are fucking teenage nerds sitting in their rooms, trying to rebel against their parents? what do you think i am? i'm not exactly "punk" or a real "radical", i'm just trying to find a "philosophy", or whatever that will make me fell less like the rich, white, lazy, slefish, capitalist shit that I am.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

"even though I would consider myself an anarchist"

why the fuck are you on a computer then douchebagggggggg

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

ANOK4UOK? means "anarchy (an-okay) for you, okay?" even though I would consider myself an anarchist, Crass is naive becasue they belive/d that anarchy is possible. Its a great ideal, but REALLY hard to implement.

feeeding5000 (October 30, 2005)

Ok. Did anyone catch on that the "meathead-punk" thing was an explicit reference to the Exploited?

iheartadam (October 30, 2005)

First.

ElVaquero (October 30, 2005)

Just like everybody, the message is better/more important than the music.

joeg (October 30, 2005)

i'll stick with the subhumans.

lushj (October 30, 2005)

Eh, they're better as an idea than as a listenable band. If they didn't exist, punkers would have to invent them. Still, if it's a choice of love or hate, mark me down as hate. Musically, too varied for the sake of being diverse instead of writing consistently good tunes.

I DO like "Do They Owe Us A Living" (although it's funnier when The Business cover it) and have the "Best Before" LP. Haven't played it for a few years, maybe I'll put it back on the turntable & see if it's better with age.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

fuck the politically minded

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

the feeding of the 5000 is when you eat out a girl with a yeast infection (bread and fish, HAHAHAHA GET IT)

no but seriously, one of the great punk albums of all time as far as im concerned, their one of the few artists that stayed credible and stayed true to their art, and truly just didnt give a fuck

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Crass weren´t always good but in the punkworld of cliché s
they then felt as a breath of fresh air with their integrity,interesting standpoints and ideas.
This were one their better releases.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Feeding was a brilliant album , was lucky enough to see Crass live in Perth City Hall Scotland , great gig , General Bacardi is as honest as a song you will ever hear , " the general sips bacardi and the private feels the pain " .......

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

good record

GlassPipeMurder (October 30, 2005)

oh man, i love crass.

8dollarclarinetsolo (October 30, 2005)

one of the only punk bands i cant stand

Dante3000 (October 30, 2005)

I recently dug though my LP collection and found I owned Best Before I was pretty excited. You need to understnad most of my LP's come from when our college station was closing so I didn't pick or chose, I grabbed. Anyhow, Crass was one of those bands I always heard about and liked what I heard but never had any of their stuff. I'll probably get this (and a few others) when the cash flow starts again. Still always impressed by what this band stood for, even if ya don't like the music.
-Dante

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

So are these guys a hip hop band, or what?

rkl (October 30, 2005)

Crass - The Feeding of the 5000
Posted by SomeoneAnonymous on 2005-10-30 01:42:03

Um anyone else sense a little bias when you read the reviewers name?
who gives a fuck? this is one of the best albums ever.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Notice how this review is made by a guy named Feeding5000.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Personally I prefer the Subhumans to these guys, but Crass were still decent.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

"hahahaha i love how some people on this site (like Will) insist that the Clash was still punk even though they were on a major because it was "acceptable" in those days.
lyrics like the ones in "Punk Is Dead" prove those people are wrong --- they only know the mainstream bands from that era, so they insist that that time period was somehow different"

They were punk because that was all there was. The fact that you think that there was some huge anti-corporate underground punk movement in the 70's shows that you're kind of ignorant. I know plenty of bands self-released stuff, but that was because the labels didn't pick them up.

By the way, this came in 1978, basically as first wave punk was in its last stages. Crass aren't arguing that the Clash and Sex Pistols are no longer punk, they're saying that punk is now another commercial commodity... And at that time, that's what it was becomming. Besides Crisis, please name a few completely underground bands of the late 70's.

-Will

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Penis Envy was probably my favourite album by them content/music wise.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Not a perfect album, even for fans. I'm really tired of hyper-fanboy scores... don't people have any concept of critical thinking?

gladimnotemo (October 30, 2005)

Yes. Perfect.

JamNeely (October 30, 2005)

19th review that gives a perfect score. Hmmmmm.

-Kerry D. Away

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

One of the only punk bands I can stand. Great album.

-Sirens

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

"The enduring “Punk Is Dead,” which (apparently) sparked a wave of meathead-punk backlash, laments the acceptance of bands like the Sex Pistols and the Clash into the mainstream."

hahahaha i love how some people on this site (like Will) insist that the Clash was still punk even though they were on a major because it was "acceptable" in those days.
lyrics like the ones in "Punk Is Dead" prove those people are wrong --- they only know the mainstream bands from that era, so they insist that that time period was somehow different.
its ok though.. years from now people will worship Blink 182 like our generation does the Clash and insist that they were also still punk even though they were on a major.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

finally an actual punk album gets reviewed

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

"Crass is a band that you either love or think is total crap. I, personally, am one of the people that love it."

I agree with SomeoneAnonymous below. I had to do a double take when I saw the reviewer's name was like the album title.

score's for being biased (in general).

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

If the music sounds good who gives a fuck how simple it is....the Ramones weren't exactly playing difficult stuff but their songs were the greatest and they wrote great songs. Crass have some really great songs....."Punk Is Dead" is a TRUE punk anthem, which embodies everything I love about punk....as ironic as that is.......unlike the Exploited's "Punk's Not Dead"....which embodies everything I hate about "punk" lol

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Influential, they were alwys more about the content then the music, and they made that known.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

great band, i don't know how anyone could hate this album, it's sooo goood.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

They had some interesting lyrics but the music was as shitty as they come

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

this is a classic.. it amazes me how the writing can still relate nearly 30 yrs later.

End Result is my favorite.

RondoMondo (October 30, 2005)

I love Crass.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

CrAsS iS HaRdKorE! U DrY CuNts!! U PoSeUr AsS JaGs!!!

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

"naive anarchist lyrics (ANOK4UOK?),"

1. What the fuck is ANOK4UOK?

2. Crass were a commune before punk even started. These guys are older, their music is like a mix of the Plastic Ono Band and the Clash... My point is that they'd been around for a while and whether you agree with their politics or not, they were definitely not naive.

-Will

SomeoneAnonymous (October 30, 2005)

Um anyone else sense a little bias when you read the reviewers name?

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Say what you will about their "music" (which I think is fucking awesome), but you can't argue with the power of their lyrics, even on this release... And they would only get better.

I love Crass.

-Will

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