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Crass were an English punk rock band formed in 1977 which promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights and environmentalism. The band used and advocated a DIY punk ethic approach to its sound collages, leaflets, albums and films.

Crass spray-painted stencilled graffiti messages in the London Underground system and on advertising billboards, coordinated squats and organised political action. The band expressed its ideals by dressing in black, military-surplus-style clothing and using a stage backdrop amalgamating icons of perceived authority such as the Christian cross, the swastika, the Union Jack and the Ouroboros.

The band were critical of punk subculture and youth culture in general. Crass promoted an anarchism which became more common in the punk-music scene. They are considered art punk in their use of tape collages, graphics, spoken word releases, poetry and improvisation.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 The Feeding of the 5000 Crass 5 4
1979 Stations of the Crass Crass 5 3
1981 Penis Envy Crass 5 3
1982 Christ: The Album Crass 5 3
1983 Yes Sir, I Will Crass 3 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 Best Before... 1984 Compilation Crass 5 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 You'll Ruin It for Everyone Live Crass 4 2
1996 Christ: The Bootleg Live Crass 4 2

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Reality Asylum Crass 5 2
1980 Nagasaki Nightmare Crass 5 1
1980 Persons Unknown / Bloody Revolutions Crass / Poison Girls 5 1
1981 Merry Crassmas Creative Recording and Sound Services 2 1
1982 Sheep Farming in the Falklands Crass 5 2
1983 Who Dunnit? Crass 3 1
1984 You're Already Dead Crass 5 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 How Does It Feel? Crass 4 1
1986 10 Notes on a Summer's Day Crass 2 3

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