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Once upon a time, I was a lonely punka rocka girl in North Dakota, painting my own Crass patches and wearing out my recordings of their albums Best Before 1984 and Penis Envy. Sure, it had been a decade after their 1984 breakup, but what of it? Their anarcho-punk message still rang true amid the winter wheat. Viva la revolution!

Crass formed in 1977, and by the time of their dissolution, they managed to release gobs of LPs, singles, and flexis, piss of Margaret Thatcher, and freak out the British media. The ultimate DIY band, Crass stenciled the streets of London, created their own subversive methods of propaganda, and played hoaxes on the media and government officials. Today's punkers seem comparatively lazy.

Co-founder Steve Ignorant never quit rockin', and he is currently touring the U.S., though only kinda-sorta under the guise of Crass. Sure, he's playing the Crass, uh, hits, but with a completely different touring band, including Gizz Butt (Destructors, English Dogs, Janus Stark, The Prodigy), Bob Butler (The Tone, Schwartzneggar), Spike T Smith (The Damned, Conflict, Killing Joke, Morrissey), and Carol Hodge (Bad Taste Barbies, Synco, Electraglide).

Catch the wave of '80s anarcho-nostalgia with Ignorant at the Crass show on Saturday, April 23 at Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St). Goldblade and Manipulation open. The show starts at the baffling time of 4:30 p.m. (quoth a friend, "Punk's not dead, it just needs a nap"), and advance tickets are $20.

 
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