Normal Never Was - set of covers from the releases of the Crass remix project

WITH THE RELEASE of two new Feeding of the 5000 remixes, the Normal Never Was series reaches its fourth vinyl-digital ouput.

Backed by the One Little Independent (OLI) label, the Normal Never Was project grew out of a decision to release the original live musical stems from the 1978 recording session for the Feeding of the 5000. Those downloading the stems were invited to work up remixes from this source material and submit these to the label.

From the many tracks submitted, OLI have so far chosen eight songs for double-A side single release. More singles are planned, ahead of the culmination of the project: the pressing of a double-album of remixes.

As part of their ambitious ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand Remix Project’, punk pioneers Crass are returning with another exclusive coloured 12” single featuring remixes by Paul Jamrozy of industrial-noise activists Test Dept and Iranian-American upcoming producer Maral. Now just over the half way point, the charity project has raised over £10,000 to help provide specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. This release is limited to 1000 units on blue coloured vinyl.

Vinyl copies of releases in the Normal Never Was can be purchased (where still available) from the One Little Independent online store.

All profits raised will be donated to the UK charity Refuge who recently commented about the project:

‘Refuge is 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 the 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.’