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Barbed Wire Halo - 2024 Reissue

    Punk pioneers Crass continue their vinyl reissue series, re-pressing their limited releases by adjacent artists through Crass Records. The series, including over twenty bands and solo artists recorded at the legendary Southern Studios and produced by Penny Rimbaud, continues with two more historic pieces from the Crass Records catalogue; ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ by Annie Anxiety and ‘Neu Smell’ by Flux of Pink Indians.

    “Trying to categorise Annie Anxiety is a futile task… [she] exudes a magnetic presence on anything she’s contributed to” The Vinyl Factory

    New York City musical maverick and performance artist Annie Anxiety, aka Little Annie aka Annie Bandez, began her illustrious career (including work with Adrian Sherwood, Coil, Current 93, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry) with Crass. They released her first solo single, 1981’s ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ alongside ‘Cyanide Tears’, an extraordinarily prescient piece of jagged electronics, samples, and skeletal rhythms, led by Annie’s nightmarish vocals.

    She tells us; “When creating this single with Penny I hadn’t heard the word ‘avant-guard’ nor could I spell it - I only got explained ‘concretism’ via an interview I did in Berlin regarding some of my work three years ago - My father was a printer so I grew up with sound of printing press and subway train beats and always heard melodies and cross rhythms within those beats - I was just making dance music / disco tunes to my mind and Pen heard those same tunes I was hearing - my first recording, in retrospect I guess, was pretty ‘out there’ at its release, but to us it was dance floor for a club yet to be invented- one day”.

    Penny Rimbaud expands; “Annie Anxiety is a total enigma, a passionate voice in the wilderness of consensual reason. Dada in instinct, Monroe in affection, Rambo in inflection, Annie rams it home with divine thunder. An instigator and innovator, she’s the bonkers angel of Yonkers, NYC. With no time to spare, Annie takes to the road with complete conviction, overtaking Kerouac halfway down 5th Avenue. Catch her if you can”.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Hello Horror
    2. Cyanide Tears

    Flux Of Pink Indians

    Neu Smell - 2024 Reissue

      Punk pioneers Crass continue their vinyl reissue series, re-pressing their limited releases by adjacent artists through Crass Records, in association with One Little Independent. The series, including over twenty bands and solo artists recorded at the legendary Southern Studios and produced by Penny Rimbaud, continues with two more historic pieces from the Crass Records catalogue; ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ by Annie Anxiety and ‘Neu Smell’ by Flux of Pink Indians.

      “Flux of Pink Indian’s anti-capitalist, vegan, anarchist ideologies still resound today (possibly even more than they have in years)” The Quietus
      Flux of Pink Indians were an iconic anarcho-punk band active from 1980-1986. In 1981 the band signed to Crass Records, releasing their debut EP ‘Neu Smell’ the same year, featuring indie hit ‘Tube Disaster’. Pulsating bass and grinding, distorted guitar chaos underpins a vicious takedown of media sensationalism and the reporting of everyday tragedies.

      Penny continues; “Punk as it should be, but very often wasn’t, Flux assaulted the airwaves with an intelligent humour which, more often than not, was missing with other protagonists of the genre. Grim as it might have been, ‘Neu Smell’ must rate as one of the true gems of the time. Both drowning and waving, Flux’s irony could always put a smile on your face. If not the Ace, they were undoubtedly the Joker in the pack. Join the shuffle”.

      Penny finally notes that “Our (Crass’) interest was never in personalities, profits or power, and neither did we have time for reformist liberals. Our position was solidly revolutionary; we took no prisoners. Talking the talk was never enough for us, no, we demanded that we also walk the walk. Ours wasn’t a show, it was a battle, not a living, but a lifestyle, a lifestyle with a difference – rather than looking only to ourselves, we sought to share our gains. I feel that this willingness added great strength to the form of anarchism that we practiced both on stage and out on the street.”

      In giving a platform to an impressive array of other bands, Crass Records broadened the front of what popularly became known as anarcho-punk. Not, it must be said, a moniker that Crass themselves much favoured. In this respect, Crass’ classic line, “There is no authority but yourself”, makes its point. Crass sought to empower others, and the output of Crass Records does much to confirm this, while ‘2 By 2 And Back Again’ seems to nail it – “get out of your own way, we’re all in this together”. 


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Neu Smell / Tube Disaster / Poem
      2. Sick Butchers
      3. Background Of Malfunction

      Crass

      Bullshit Detector Two - 2023 Reissue

        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.

        TRACK LISTING

        Voice Of The U.K. - Waiting For Bardot
        Omega Tribe - Nature Wonder
        Suspects - Random Relations
        Your Funeral - Think About It
        Krondstadt Uprising - Receiver Deceiver
        Deformed - Freedom
        No Label - Let’s Get It Right
        The Rejected - Same Old Songs
        Boffo - Garageland
        XS - Fuck The System
        Polemic Attack - Manipulated Youth
        Gardener - A. Gardener’s Song
        Toxic - Tradition Of Slaughter
        1984 - Breakup
        Unknown Artist - Insert
        Toxik Ephex - Police Brutality
        Sic - Low
        Molitov Cocktail - Ain’t Got A Clue
        Naked - Mid 1930’s (Pre-war Germany)
        Capital Punishment - We’ve Realised The Truth Now
        Anthrax - All The Wars
        Endangered Species - Slaughter Of The Innocent (Curiosity Kills)
        Pseudo Sadists - War Games
        Total Chaos - Pyscho Analysis
        Dougie - War Without Winners
        St Vitus Dancers - The Survivor
        Stegz - Christus Erection
        Metro Youth - Brutalised
        Normality Complex - Black Market Shadow
        Youth In Asia - The Power & The Glory
        Riot Squad - Security System
        Destructors - Agent Orange
        The Pits - U.K. In Dreamland
        The Bored - Riot Style
        Toby Kettle - Theatre Comment
        Chumbawumba - Three Years Later
        Passion Killers - Start Again
        Amerikan Arsenal - Get Off Yr Ass

        Crass

        Bullshit Detector Three - 2023 Reissue

          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.”

          TRACK LISTING

          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

          Crass

          Bullshit Detector - 2023 Reissue

            Crass Records, alongside One Little Independent Records, reissue their iconic three volume compilation series, ‘Bullshit Detector’, on LP, available in both classic black and special edition grey vinyl. 

            ‘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.

            TRACK LISTING

            Andy T - Jazz On A Summers Day
            Counter Attack - Don’t Wanna Fight For You
            Alternative - Change It
            Clockwork Criminals - We Are You
            Reputations In Jeopardy - Girls Love Popstars
            Crass - Do They Owe Us A Living
            Amebix - University Challenged
            Sceptics - Local Chaos
            The Sinyx - Mark Of The Beast
            Frenzy Battalion - Thalidomide
            Icon - Cancer
            The Speakers - Why
            A.P.F. Brigade - Anarchist Attack
            Fuck The C.I.A. - Right Or Wrong
            Caine Mutiny And The Kallisti Apples Of Nonsense - Morning Star
            The Sucks - 3
            Porno Squad - Khaki Doesn’t Go With My Eyes
            S.P.G. Murders - Soldiers
            Eratics - National Service
            Red Alert 8 - Who Needs Society
            The Snipers - War Song
            Armchair Power - Power
            Disrupters - Napalm
            Andy T - Nagaski Mon Amour
            Action Frogs - Drumming Up Hope (Ferret Skank)


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