The Feeding of the 5000

by Crass

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nogood77 Besides strummer they show how us the non hot topic "punks could actually be something besides sheeple.
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brantly When I was 15 and bought my first Crass LP I didn't really get it, when I was 25 and tried again, I got it a bit more, but didn't love it, now at 37, I GET's almost atonal noise-punk fronted by the snarling, swearing punk recreation of a salty Noam Chomsky fronting a band with an oddly limited amount of chord changes, that still seems to work brilliantly...punk rock may have died the day the first kid said, 'punk is not dead,'but punk lives on in Crass!!!
Justin Lanouette
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Justin Lanouette They changed the world and our notions of freedom. We need more.
Ken Goodey
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Ken Goodey The first of the Crass discography, which I am listening to in chronological order (like a good music nerd). I know most of the tracks on all of these Crass records, because I listened to them a lot throughout my middle teens. I would have liked to have picked Reject of Society as my favourite track, but this page wouldn't let me. I felt like a 'reject' and outsider when I was a teenager, so it fitted. And I love Steve Ignorant's angry, snarling, totally punk delivery.
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Euan Shanks A supremely great album. Changed my life when I first heard it. Still as fresh and vibrant now and just as in your face.


18 tracks, 31 minutes. New pressing created from the original vinyl master tapes (no remix!). Wrapped in the original iconic fold-out black and white poster sleeve. For the first time this vinyl package includes a download card entitling the bearer to a free mp3 download of the album.

The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.

However problems were encountered when workers at the Irish pressing plant contracted to manufacture the disc refused to handle it due to the allegedly blasphemous content of the track "Reality Asylum" (referred to as "Asylum" on the record sleeve). The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence, retitled "The Sound Of Free Speech". This incident also prompted Crass to set up their own record label in order to retain full editorial control as well as political and legal responsibility for their material, and "Reality Asylum" was shortly afterwards issued in a re-recorded and extended form as a 7 inch single.

A later repress of The Feeding Of The 5000 (subtitled The Second Sitting) released on Crass records in 1981 restored the missing track. The song "They've Got A Bomb" also features a period of silence within it, inspired by John Cage's "4'33"". The band have acknowledged the influence of Cage, and said that the idea of the space in the song, when performed live, was to suddenly stop the energy, dancing and noise and allow the audience to momentarily 'confront themselves' and consider the
reality of nuclear war.

According to band founder and drummer Penny Rimbaud, who wrote in 1986: "We named the album The Feeding Of The Five Thousand because 5000 was the minimum number that we could get pressed and some 4900 more than we thought we'd sell. Feeding is now only a few hundred short of going golden, though I don't suppose we'll hear too much about that in the music press".


released February 1, 1979

Steve Ignorant – lead vocals
Eve Libertine – voice on Asylum
Joy De Vivre – voice on Women
Phil Free – lead guitar and backing vocals
N.A. Palmer – Rythm guitar and backing vocals
Pete Wright – bass and vocals on Securicor, Sucks, You Pay
Penny Rimbaud – drums and radio
G. – artwork

Written and produced by Crass 1978.
Engineered by John Loder.
Recorded live at Southern Studios, London 29 October 1978.



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Crass was founded by Steve Ignorant & Penny Rimbaud in 1977. Members included Gee Vaucher, Steve Herman, Eve Libertine, Phil Free, N.A. Palmer, Pete Wright, Joy De Vivre, Mick Duffield & John Loder. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, a DIY ethic, animal rights & environmentalism. ... more

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