Album Info

Crass (UK)
Pop/Rock, Punk, Anarchist Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

Perhaps the most uncompromising early British punk record. This is far more interesting for its form than its content: super-brief, incoherent rants over pummeling drums and incomprehensible vocals were made into a hardcore cliché by the early '80s, but were impossibly radical and noisy in 1978. If you're at all left-of-center, you can find a good deal to sympathize with in the lyrics here, which address class warfare, social hypocrisy, organized religion, and punk rock itself with serious venom. It's not without humor at times, either, as on the famous chorus, "Do they owe us a living? Of course they f*cking do!" (A lyric sheet, always an essential item for Crass releases, is provided.) The melodic and textural qualities of the record, not to mention the throat-full-of-vomit vocals, are unrelentingly harsh and monotonous, but with a band such as this, this is exactly the point. The most enduring piece, actually, had relatively little to do with traditional punk rock: on "Asylum," the spoken female voice delivers a vitriolic attack on Christianity over disquieting guitar feedback.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Asylum
  2. Do They Owe Us a Living?
  3. End Result
  4. They've Got a Bomb
  5. Punk Is Dead
  6. Reject of Society
  7. General Bacardi
  8. Banned from the Roxy
  9. G's Song
  10. Fight War, Not Wars
  11. Women
  12. Securicor
  13. Sucks
  14. You Pay
  15. Angels
  16. What a Shame
  17. So What
  18. Well?...Do They?
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