Much to ex-vocalist Steve Ignorant’s chagrin, Crass never copyrighted their logo or did anything businessy like that. They get a few royalties off their records but when they were given the opportunity to buy their squat for next
Much to ex-vocalist Steve Ignorant’s chagrin, Crass never copyrighted their logo or did anything businessy like that. They get a few royalties off their records but when they were given the opportunity to buy their squat for next to nothing a few years ago, they said, “That’s still too expensive.” Like The Ramones crest and Motorhead’s monster face, the Crass logo has had a life all its own. So where is it right now?
It’s on an aNYthing sweatshirt [OOOPS! It’s a Rockers NYC hoodie that was FOR SALE at aNYthing-Ed]. There’s nothing wrong with this BTW. These companies couldn’t pay Crass if they wanted to. It’s not like the CBGB shirt where there’s a whole infrastructure of trademarks and lawyers. Crass live on a fucking farm. What are you going to do, mail them a check they never asked for?
It’s on a Rockers NYC t-shirt with CRUCIFIX. I got this one but am having trouble pulling it off because I am almost as old as Crass themselves.
It’s on a gaylord’s head. This is so incongruous it becomes congruous again. What a fucking awesome idea.
And finally, it’s on these Japanese weirdos I read about on Glob by way of Bizarre UK. They inject saline into their heads until it makes huge tumors they can then push a thumbhole into to be worthy of the moniker “Bagelhead.” The remaining donut shape is the “O” for the biggest OOOOOOOH KAAAAY of all time.
Why is Crass still here a quarter of a century after calling it quits forever?
Maybe it’s because their lyrics were so prophetic. Check out this wood carving Scott Campbell’s studio helped me make. It’s the lyrics to Crass’ “White Punks on Hope” which has never been more poignant. Especially the part where Penny Rimbaud says the notion of us all being blind bigots is a “Marxist con.” The idea that we’re all evil racists is what got Obama elected and made people cry with awestruck joy when it actually happened. What a scam.
They said that we were trash,
Well the name is Crass, not Clash.
They can stuff their punk credentials
Cause it’s them that take the cash.
They won’t change nothing with their fashionable talk,
All their RAR badges and their protest walk,
Thousands of white men standing in a park,
Objecting to racism’s like a candle in the dark.
Black man’s got his problems and his way to deal with it,
So don’t fool yourself you’re helping with your white liberal shit.
If you care to take a closer look at the way things really stand,
You’d see we’re all just niggers to the rulers of this land.
Punk was once an answer to years of crap,
A way of saying no where we’d always said yep.
But the moment we saw a way to be free,
They invented a dividing line, street credibility.
The qualifying factors are politics and class,
Left wing macho street fighters willing to kick arse.
They said because of racism they’d come out on the street.
It was just a form of fascism for the socialist elite.
Bigotry and blindness, a marxist con,
Another clever trick to keep us all in line.
Neat little labels to keep us all apart,
To keep us all divided when the troubles start.
Pogo on a nazi, spit upon a jew,
Vicious mindless violence that offers nothing new.
Left wing violence, right wing violence, all seems much the same,
Bully boys out fighting, it’s just the same old game.
Boring fucking politics that’ll get us all shot,
Left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot.
Keep your petty prejudice, I don’t see the point,
ANARCHY AND FREEDOM IS WHAT I WANT.
UPDATE: From the comments
Also, I think Posh Spice or David Beckham was wearing one recently too but it was jewel encrusted. “They make safety pins of silver and gold. The bastards who buy them they know what they’ve been sold.”