These days Steve Ignorant tours the country with Slice Of Life - an acoustic guitar/piano based band talk-singing, and whilst his lyrics are still political it’s a far cry from what exploded out of him in 1978. The Feeding Of The 5000 was the first album by Crass, a noisy, sweary, political punk band. 18 songs in 31 minutes. Proper punk, that. LP on Crass Records.
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Reissue LP on Crass Records. Remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios.
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Remastered CD in box, maxi funtime on Crass Records.
10/10 Shorn 3rd May 2019
Quite simply the best UK punk record ever made. Viewed back down the telescope of time this is now a valuable social document as well as a searing and brave kick against the pricks. All underpinned with a joyful fatalism that could only come from this time and place in Britain. When this first achieved escape velocity on Small Wonder way back when it was nothing short of a call to arms for thousands of young disaffected people. Far more a clarion call than commentators would ever wish to acknowledge and far more influential than they would ever admit. This is vital music to inspire you to greatness and free your mind. Real Hauntology.
10/10 Planetnob 16th April 2019
If I didn't already have a copy of the original release (and the 7" of 'Reality Asylum' originally 'excised' from the release of the 12") I'd be all over this like rash.
It's a seminal work. Angry, political and hardcore noisy. Fantastic guitar sounds, hard hitting lyrics and the bass line for 'Securicor' is a classic. This has got to be one of the greatest post '76 - '77, first flush of punk, punk records and if you haven't already been shouting along to it for decades you need to buy it now!
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