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Rowetta Idah of The Happy Mondays appeared on a feature on this morning’s (27 June 2018) BBC Breakfast news show on BBC One, discussing the past and future of the compact disc format.

Amongst the handful of personal CD favourites that she brought in from the collection she plays in the car was the Crass compilation Best Before.

Best Before - BBC Breakfast

Charlie Stadt. “You see, I’m not familiar with this.”

Rowetta : “Crass. They were my favourite band when I was a kid. So I love this. And I’ve got Stations of the Crass at home, that I play on vinyl. This is my favourite CD of theirs.”

The replay of this morning’s show is only available on the BBC iPlayer until 09:15 on 28 June 2018, and the segment starts at around 08:44 on the show’s timeline.

Credit to Martin Hardy who spotted, and Graham Burnett who shared information about, this.

CONFLICT PLAY THE Dolls House in Abertillery today (Friday 27 April) and the Exchange in Bristol tomorrow (Saturday 28 April).

Joining the bill in Abertillery are No Pulse, Brassick and Social Experiment; and in Bristol A Heads and Persecution.

Conflict - 27 April 2018
Conflict / No Pulse / Brassick / Social Experiment
Friday 27 April 2018
The Dolls House, Alma Street, Abertillery NP13 1QA
Details | Tickets

Conflict - 28 April 2018
Conflict / A Heads / Persecution
Saturday 28 April 2018
Exchange, 72-73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ
Details | Tickets

On BBC One’s early evening magazine show The One Show yesterday evening (25 April 2018), Jon Culshaw presented a short retrospective feature on The Thatchergate Tape, the hoax telephone conversation between Thatcher and US president Reagan produced and circulated to the media by members of Crass in the aftermath of the Falklands War (recordings and transcripts of the tape are available online). There were no new revelations in the piece, but the feature includes a brief interview with Steve Ignorant and even briefer live footage of Crass (taken, as always, from the Persons Unknown documentary).

Viewers in the UK can catch-up with a recording of the show of the BBC iPlayer (until 25 May 2018).

Thatchergate - Culshaw

Thatchergate - Ignorant

Thatchergate - tape extract

Thatchergate - academic

Thatchergate - extract

Thatchergate - Crass

ZOUNDS PLAY TWO gigs in Scotland this weekend, with a show in Glasgow on Friday 6 April followed by a gig in Dunfermline on Saturday 7 April.

Zounds - 6 April 2018

Zounds, Constant Fear, Ex
6 April 2018
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, Glasgow G1 4PL
Advance tickets available online and on door.

Zounds - 7 April 2018

Zounds + Critikill + Iron System
7 April 2018
Woodstock Wellwood, Dunfermline
Advance tickets available online and on door.

CONFLICT FOLLOW UP on recent gigs in Birmingham (24 February) and Telford (3 March) with a live show at The Maze in Nottingham on Saturday 7 April 2018.

Conflict + Riot Squad + Terminal Rage + King of Pigs + Rats From A Sinking Ship
7 April 2018
The Maze, Nottingham
Doors: 19:30 | Tickets: £12.50 advance
“Can everyone attending this gig please bring a tin of food for Framework food bank”.

Conflict - Nottingham - 7 April 2018

Slice of Life - April 2018

SLICE OF LIFE play three live dates in succession in early April. The trio of gigs kicks off tonight at The Arts Centre in Colchester (5 April) and is followed by a live show in Brighton tomorrow (6 April) and a gig in Brussels on Saturday (7 April), supporting Sleaford Mods.

Slice of Life - Brighton - 6 April 2018

The Cravats - April 2018 - live dates

THE CRAVATS begin a three dates mini-tour-ette this evening (5 April), with a gig in Bristol at The Thunderbolt, with gigs in London (6 April) and Brighton (7 April) to follow, playing alongside Folk Devils

Overground Records are now accepting advance orders on the vinyl re-release of The Cravats’ debut single Gordon (backed by Situations Vacant). This repressing, limited to 500 copies comes with a special. insert. This seven-inch of aural loveliness was originally released in July 1978.
 
The Cravats - Gordon - re-release
 

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