‘old up, ‘ere you go, is this too good? Surely it can’t last? What a shame, here’s the latest piece of music from the album that we’re now told to expect in January next year, No doubt some people won’t be happy, it’ll be like that time Colin from Conflict was seen walking past a Macdonalds withou smashing the window, a clear sign of a sellout, people will be ranting and raving via the pages of badly photocopied zines sold to you at a miners benefir or an ALF fundraiser. Me? I love everthing I’ve heard from this remix project so far. The headline reads,”Remix album ‘Normal Never Was – Revelations – The Remix Compilation’ out January 21st. The details of the album are down there underneath the YoTube…
Punk pioneers Crass bring to head their ambitious ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand Remix Project’ in January with ‘Normal Never Was – Revelations – The Remix Compilation’, a collection of some of the stand-out remixes following their single series including 65daysofstatic, Jack Matthew Tyson and much more.
In 2019 Crass took the step of making the original separate track stems of their seminal debut album ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ available as a free download. With a call to take the original sixteen track recording in its pre-mix state, the intent was for people to create their own remixes and interpretations and breathe fresh life and ideas into this revolutionary music.
By the beginning of 2021, over two hundred remix tracks had been forwarded to OLI and the number was growing daily. It was at this point that it was decided that a double CD release should be made from a selection of the available tracks, each CD having the same running order as Crass’ original album. That was the easy part, but putting it together was altogether a different matter. The selection committee, made up of Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant of Crass, took several months juggling the impossible. Some of the tracks had scores of remixes to choose from, whereas others had as few as three, but eventually the job was done, and ‘Revelations’ came into being as an addition to the ‘Normal Never Was’ project and its commitment to Refuge.
In the words of Rimbaud, “‘Revelations’ is exactly that, a mind-blowing retake on the ethos of Crass and its all-out assault on commonly held values. Crass’ message was ‘question everything, find your own answers’, and this is precisely what these remixes express – peoples’ music made by the people for the people. Normal never was, so let’s keep it that way”.
First released in 1978, ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’ pre-empted rap and grime in its hard-on-the-beat, fast fire, uncompromising lyrics and the iconic sounds and messages are ripe for reinterpretation. Crass encouraged people to rip apart the sound and ideas and create something new, then send the files to Crass Records for future releases and charitable projects. The message is DIY like it never was before. “Yours for the taking, yours for the making,” Crass said. “You do it, we’ll stew it. Mix it backwards, forwards and upside down. Turn up the heat and fix it with a downbeat, bring in the trumpets and let ‘em blow, let the piper call the tune to let us all know. It’s up to you to do what you like with it. The only limitation is your imagination.”
All monies raised from the project will go to the charity ‘Refuge’ who said; “We’re incredibly grateful to Crass and their team for helping raise vital funds for Refuge. Since the start of lockdown, Refuge has seen a 66% rise in demand for its Helpline, and a 950% rise in visits to its Helpline website. This shows the sheer extent of the need for specialist domestic abuse services – not just during lockdown but beyond. Every penny raised helps us to ensure that no woman or child is turned away from safety.
‘While lockdown itself doesn’t cause domestic abuse – abuse happens all year round – it does, of course, have the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours – and the data we have shows us the increase in the need for our services during lockdown. Refuge worked incredibly hard at the beginning of the pandemic to make sure our services remained open and remained safe. The generous donations we have received, including those from Crass, mean we can continue to provide the life-saving and life-changing services that women experiencing domestic abuse need and deserve.”
- Acontecimiento 1978 (LaMDH Remix)
- Reality Asylum (Brainquake Remix)
- Do They Owe Us A Living (Kooky’s ‘Punks Love Beats’ Remix For Yoh)
- End Result (Al Poison Reidh Remix)
- They’ve Got a Bomb (No Arrival – What 4 Remix)
- Punk Is Dead (Grumblemorph Remix)
- Reject Of Society (Anders Björnberg Remix)
- General Bacardi (Oi Polloi Remix)
- Banned From The Roxy (Origins Of Dissent Remix)
- G’s Song (Orchestre Nihilistica Remix)
- Fight War Not Wars (Popcorn Warlord Remix)
- Women (David Newlyn Waltz Time Remix)
- Securicor (Ridley Remix)
- Sucks (Interlude) (Simon Number Nine Remix)
- You Pay (Score Remix)
- Angels (Nakayubi Remix)
- What A Shame (Jack Matthew Tyson Remix)
- So What (Exsil Remix)
- Well, Do They… (XP Click Remix)
- They’ve Still Got A Bomb (Statement Remix)
- Flag Body (Forgive. Forgive. Forgive?) (Contretemps Remix)
- Reality Asylum (Misanthropist Remix)
- Do They Owe Us A Living (Toxic Derwish Remix)
- End Result (Jack Matthew Tyson Remix)
- They’ve Got A Bomb (Roel Tijskens Remix)
- Punk Is Dead (Use Knife Remix)
- Reject Of Society (Mashy P Teknival Remix)
- General Bacardi (Patrick J Remix)
- Banned From The Roxy (Gloom Influx Trapped Remix)
- G’s Song (Bright + Tight Remix)
- Fight War Not Wars (Dub Revolutions Remix)
- Women (65daysofstatic Remix)
- Securicor (Klabotskop Remix)
- Sucks (ANOK Remix)
- You Pay (Brandon Cook Remix)
- Angels (Santiago Leyba Remix)
- What A Shame (Ghost Dog’s Shameless Jungle Remix)
- So What (If It’s Reggae?) (Neale Muldowney Remix)
- Well, Do They? (Vincent Van Sloth Remix)
- 5000 Dread (Dub Industries Remix)
And before things got all mixed up, the orginal 1978 album….