Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Do they owe us a living?

A nice little item on the BBC website today (here) on the present career of the lead singer of the punk band, Crass. Who they? Possibly one of the most political punk bands of the late 70s/80s - they did many benefits for various mining communities during The Strike. Anarcho-punk was their thing and they deliberately disbanded in 1984 (geddit?). Their lead singer was Steve Ignorant and he is now an RNLI volunteer boatman in Norfolk. Strange how things turn out, isn't it? As far as I can tell he has been true to his principles over the intervening years and has lead an 'interesting' life.

How do I know about Crass? At the time of their flourishing, we had a couple of punks working with us in the labs and they kept us up-to-date with the punk scene in London. I clearly remember doing a sing-along in the company bar to the Crass's 'Do they owe us a living?'. I liked the excitement and rawness of it (and punk music generally) then and, upon listening to it again after a few decades, I still like it. Make you own mind up but beware of bad language! Compare and contrast with most of the musical cotton wool on offer today. 

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