A COLLECTION OF the seven-inch singles and EPs released on Crass Records in the early 1980s – by artists other than Crass – are to be released, in remastered versions, on 12-inch vinyl and as digital downloads.

As part of the continuing agreement with the One Little Independent label, singles from the Crass Records catalogue will be re-released in pairs, beginning with the first and last original seven-inches issued on Crass Records – Honey Bane’s You Can Be You (1979) and Jane Gregory’s Do Not Go (1985). Both of these are available for pre-order.

It’s not known if the intention is to produce a comprehensive or a selective release of the Crass Records’ seven-inch back catalogue.

A Facebook post on the Crasswords page explained:

Noah did it two by two, which is as good a reason as any for Crass Records to do likewise. Taking the first and last recordings from the impressive list of other bands that they supported, and then going from the top downwards and the bottom upwards, the newly minted 12” vinyl’s will be released in a series of pairs; 2 BY 2 AND BACK AGAIN.

The series, including over twenty bands and solo artists, kicks off with two contrasting examples of Crass’ vast musical spectrum; punk icon Honey Bane with You Can Be You, and classical soprano Jane Gregory with Do Not Go, out on 4 March 2022.

Honey Bane – You Can Be You

Honey Bane began her musical career at the age of 14 in 1978 when she formed the punk rock band the Fatal Microbes. The band released a split 12″ record with anarcho-punk band Poison Girls the same year. The first single, Violence Grows garnered some press attention and was given positive reviews by the British music paper Sounds.

After the 1979 breakup of the Fatal Microbes, and a stint in a juvenile detention facility that garnered more press attention, Bane began a collaboration with Crass, while she was on the run from the Social Services after serving a sentence at the St. Charles Youth Treatment Centre in Essex. Lending lead vocals and backed by the band under the name Donna and the Kebabs, Crass released the EP You Can Be You in 1979. It was the debut release on Crass’ newly found label, Crass Records. The following year, Bane released her debut solo single, Guilty, and sang vocals for Killing Joke on What’s the Matter during a February 1980 gig at London’s Venue club. The recording was later released on a bootleg album, Killing Joke – Live At The Venue LP.

Originally released on Crass Records. Releases 4 March 4 2022

Order You Can Be You from One Little Independent or Bandcamp.

Jane Gregory – Do Not Go

The origins of this record lay a long way from classical music. The band Crass put anarchy to use in a positive way in the post-punk era from 1978 with a mixture of brilliant records and a willingness to educate and engage with their followers through their collective-living mentality, concerts and concerns over a range of issues from animal rights to anti-nuclear campaigning. To be honest, such a summary does not do justice to the powerful effect of Crass, who offered up a sense of empowerment to themselves and their followers, and the influence then extended to the music business.

As for Gregory’s identity, she was (according to Rimbaud, who produced the single at Southern Studios) an “operatic and classical singer who acted as Sarah Brightman’s understudy, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem”. Requiem was actually a classical piece of music rather than a musical that came together in 1984 (with three soloists, Brightman, Placido Domingo and Paul Miles-Kingston and was premiered early in 1985. According to Rimbaud: “Crass wanted to do a crossover single and the idea was to make a popular, classical record, which it isn’t – but it is nevertheless very beautiful.” By the time Rimbaud had produced the single, Crass had split (1984) and their label – the Crass Records arm – was winding down as a viable concern. This probably accounts for the Jane Gregory single Do Not Go/ After A Dream being issued on the D Sharp imprint in late 1984 or early 1985.

Originally released on Crass Records. Releases 4 March 4 2022

Order Do Not Go from Bandcamp