Yes Sir, I Will

by Crass

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Originally released in April of 1983, Yes Sir, I Will was a howl full of vicious rage and fury, a scream of sorrow, a bitter requiem of betrayal and disenfranchisement. It was a letter-bomb of accusations directed at the British establishment, with it's title taken from a conversation between Prince Charles and gruesomely wounded veteran Simon Weston.

Yes Sir, I Will was delivered as one continuous piece of music spread over two sides of the original vinyl release. Musically the work is as diverse and challenging as Crass had yet delivered - a raging and almost free-form improvised backdrop over which Ignorant, Libertine and DeVivre trade off vocally throughout - veering from ferocious roars and rants to piano ballad interludes sung by Rimbaud.

'In attempts to moderate, they ask why we don't write love songs. What is it we sing then? Our love of life is total, everything we do is an expression of that, everything we write is a love song'.

Though it easily could have been a call-to-arms (such was the frustration and anger of many, built up over years of Thatcher's battering of the nation), it was a violent response to a violent regime.

'Why is it that the kind and gentle are subjected to violence and ridicule?
How is it that the small and mealy-minded have gained so much power?
What perversion has taken place that we are governed by fools?'

Track listing

Yes Sir, I Will 43:53


released April 1, 1983



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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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