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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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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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