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Crass Records, alongside One Little Independent Records, reissue their iconic three volume compilation series, ‘Bullshit Detector’.
‘Bullshit Detector’ was the name of a series of compilation LPs put together by the anarcho-punk band Crass and released on their own label. Three editions were released between 1980 and 1984, consisting of demo tapes, rough recordings and artwork that had been sent to the band.
The sound quality of the ‘Bullshit Detector’ series was mixed and often basic, or even poor, as Crass would master the tapes directly to record without any additional production or enhancement. For Crass, the expectation of a polished performance was missing the point.
After punk had already been co-opted, re-packaged and sold back to us, ‘Bullshit Detector’ volumes 1-3 were, and still are, seen by many to capture the purest ethos of punk culture, an event that inspired hundreds to take to their bedrooms and garages and join the DIY revolution.
Crass believed in the power of community and that their movement was for everybody. These compilations are an admittedly harsh but important part of that story; when Crass gave punk back to the people.
Sleeve notes from ‘Bullshit Detector Three’ read: “Don’t expect music when the melody is anger, when the message sings defiance, three chords are frustration when the words are from the heart.”
Avert Aversion - Oh What A Nice Day
Awake Mankind - Once Upon A Time
A Nul Noise - Hibashuka
Animus - Nuclear Piss
Peroxide - Ministry Of Death (M.O.D.)
Untitled - We Are Taught To Kill
Xtract - Fight For Peace
Verbal Assault - Not Yet Ron
Fifth A Column - Counterfeit Culture
Potential Victim - People
7th Plague - Rubber Bullets
Rebel A - Genesis To Genocide
Alienated - Living In Fear
Barbed Wire - Weapons Of War
Rob Williams - Lies
Reality Control - The War Is Over
Youthanasia - Power
Sammy Rubette & Safety Match - The Ballad Of Maggie The Maggot
Politicide - 51st State
Markus Abused - The Killing Machine
One Man’s Meat - Your Country Misleads You
Direct Action - Death Without A Thought
Crag - Voice Your Protest
Attrition - In Your Hand
Napalm Death - The Crucifixion Of Possessions
The Impalers - Sun, Sun, Sun
Health Hazzard - Picture Show
Phil Hedgehog - Radio Times
Malice - Faceless
Michael Kingzett Taylor - Paranoia
Brainwashed Pupils - The Demonstration
No Defences - Work To Consume
A.N.E.E.B. - Berlin Wall
Carnage - Carnage
Warning - Beasts Of Fiction
State Of Shock - Excess Youth
Neale Harmer - Hard Nut
Dead To The World - Action Man
Dandruff - Life In A Whiskey Bottle
Richard III - Will You Care?
Funky Rayguns - The Hare And The Tortoise