A LIMITED EDITION 10″ vinyl recording of Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life covering four songs by David Bowie has sold out within a couple of hours of its release today (18 March 2022).
Released by Stay Free Recordings The Kids Was Just Crass features versions of Bowie’s ‘London Boys’, ‘Five Years’, ‘Ziggy Starbust’ and ‘Sweet Thing’.
The hundred copies pressed in Silly Boy Blue and in Nazz Fleck vinyl went on sale at 15:00 UK time and sold out in short order. Details of the release were only shared on social media in the last week. “We’ve been very quiet about this,” Ignorant says. “Started the process early last year.”
Ignorant’s long-standing love of the music of Bowie is well-known, and covers of Bowie songs have become a regular feature in recent Slice of Life live sets. It’s no surprise that he chose to name this tribute after the Bowie lyric that is said to have provided the inspiration for the name of a certain Epping-based 1970s’ punk band.
“All proceeds from this release benefit British indie radio station Way Out Radio,” Ignorant explains, “a weekly punk and reggae show hosted by DJ Paula Frost every Thursday.”
Per Way Out Radio’s Paula Frost, “I couldn’t be prouder to play a part in this project. I’ve been following Steve and Slice of Life since seeing them at London’s now closed Grosvenor pub about 8 years ago. I have every Crass record and wrote my dissertation on the band’s influence throughout the ‘80s. It’s safe to say not a week goes by without me listening to something related! So getting to know them over the years has been a real honour. Not only are they always open to a chat after a show and a beer at Rebellion but Steve and Carol have always been open to interviews on my radio show and have been beyond encouraging and supportive friends.
When the band agreed to this project I was very excited to help bring their music to coloured vinyl! Then when I heard the music they’d made I was blown away! True Crass fans know that the band were named after the Bowie lyric ‘the kids was just Crass’ but have they heard Steve himself sing it? Course they f*$king haven’t! And Steve’s personal contribution of a picture of himself as a kid in his Bowie phase is just perfect and so honest. The first time he’s shown fans that side of him. Hearing him gruff up the Bowie classics is spine tingling! I think a lot of jaws will be on the floor with this release. And a lot of turntables will be on repeat!”