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Epping, Essex, England (1977 – 1984)

Crass were an English band, formed in 1977 and based around Dial House, an open house community near Epping, Essex, England.

In contrast to the Sex Pistols ‘anarchy’, Crass’ attitude was more directly influenced by libertarian socialist philosophy and anarchism’s nineteenth century roots. In the process they promoted anarchism as a legitimate political ideology, way of living, and as a resistance movement , popularizing the seminal movement and touching on such overtly political issues as anti-consumerism, direct action, feminism, pacifism, anti-corporatism, environmentalism, anti-globalization, anti-racism, religious power, and squatting.

Taking literally the punk manifesto of “Do It Yourself”, Crass combined the use of sound collage, graphics, song, film, and subversion to launch a sustained and innovative critical broadside against all that they saw as a culture built on foundations of war, violence, sexism, prejudice, capitalism, religious hypocrisy and unthinking consumerism. They were also critical of what they perceived as the flaws of the punk movement itself, as well as wider youth culture in general. Crass were amongst the progenitors of the anarcho-pacifism that became common in the punk music scene.

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  • negroid101

    this band sucks

    9 Jun 1:00am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    "there are still some great punk bands now but they are hard to find." <--- They really aren't, though. IDK how people manage to forget they have this wonderful tool that is the internet when they make comments like this using that very same tool. The only real "challenge" these days is deciding where to begin in an endless sea of possibilities. Sifting through a lot of digital crap can't really be called hard next to the old way of discovering new music through tape trades and mail order lists you couldn't "check out on youtube first" before ordering. At worst, sifting through it all can be time-consuming, but it's still light years faster than snail mail. Infinitely cheaper, too.

    17 Feb 12:03am Reply
  • high_as_bells

    "Music died w/ disco" <--- Poison Girls, among others, were doing some pretty disco-as-fuck music at times that managed to be incredibly affecting, so I can't endorse this. Also, Giorgio Moroder is pretty cool, man. :|

    16 Feb 11:49pm Reply
  • imsootired

    how do i become them

    13 Feb 9:24pm Reply
  • CaoMishma

    Punk is not the only genre of music you know... there are still some great punk bands now but they are hard to find.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hallshaster

    Fucking music now is fucking not music. It's mutated labby-loo, it's filtered parba. Ain't nothing fucking PUNK about it. Music died w/ disco, fucking punk-suckers. Dead ol' punk rabbit with a phony sucker in its rotten mouth.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • im0308

    Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do. I am he and she is she but you're the only you

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    I wish I could live at that commune in england. looks like such a peaceful and fun place.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cryptic-death

    "Stay away from MDF you smelly fucking bums" go away

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • frankiefrogfive

    a big kick up the backside politically and individually,thanks for the insperation.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    When I was younger I would listen to this band while walking my dog. Brings back happy memory's ^_^

    16 Jul 2014 Reply

    Stay away from MDF you smelly fucking bums

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Self-MadeWolf


    23 May 2014 Reply
  • quornicus

    "Steve sold out." LULZ— Steve grew up; you either pull your own weight however you can, or you become a scary, sad mooch at Rainbow Gatherings (or whatever's around now if they no longer exist).

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Whatever people might think of them its undeniable that they have left a huge legacy in the anarcho-punk movement!

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    great music

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SloppyJoe001

    Go to Rebellion

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Moszkito13

    Do you want to come closer?

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • OMGeno

    You may hate me, but it ain't no lie, baby bye bye bye. [3]

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
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