Bullshit Detector

Release date
1980
Running length
23 tracks
Running time
36:25

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Andy T. - Jazz on a Summerday 0:00 0
2 Counter Attack - Don't Wanna Fight for You 3:19 259
3 The Alternative - Change It 1:29 257
4 Clockwork Criminals - We Are You 2:42 261
5 Reputation in Jeopardy - Girls Love Popstars 0:00 29
6 Crass - Do They Owe Us a Living 1:13 9,211
7 Amebix - University Challenged 2:56 1,193
8 Sceptics - Local Chaos 1:54 227
9 Frenzy Battalion - Thalidomide 1:57 227
10 Icon - Cancer 2:52 202
11 The Speakers - Why 1:28 205
12 A.P.F. Brigade - Anarchist Attack 0:57 73
13 Fuck the C.I.A. - Rhight or Wrong 0:00 21
14 Caine Mutiny and the Kallisti Apples of Nonsense - Morning Star 3:07 51
15 The Sucks - Three 0:00 28
16 Porno Squad - Khaki Doesn't Go With My Eyes 1:27 213
17 S.P.G. Murders - Soldiers 1:48 57
18 Eratics - National Service 2:03 137
19 Red Alert - Who Needs Society 2:37 202
20 The Snipers - War Song 2:07 227
21 Armchair Power - Power 1:43 138
22 Andy T. - Nagasaki Mon Amour 0:46 15
23 Action Frogs - Drumming Up Hope 0:00 152

About this album

Bullshit Detector was the name of a series of compilation LPs put together by the anarcho-punk band Crass and released on their Crass Records 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 was often very basic or 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 of the DIY punk ethic:

“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”
- Sleeve notes from Bullshit Detector Volume 3

The title Bullshit Detector was derived as a reference to the Clash song “Garageland” from their first LP The Clash, a song covered by Chumbawamba guitarist Boffo on the second volume.

The series is notable for marking the first record appearance of Napalm Death (on the third volume).

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