Witham Labour Hall 18-4-1981
Listen to this! Crass release more remixes in aid of Refuge
Witham Labour Hall 18-4-1981

Punk iconoclasts Crass are back with another exclusive coloured 12” single, featuring remixes by Paul Jamrozy of industrial-noise activists Test Dept and Iranian-American upcoming producer Maral, with the proceeds going to Refuge.

This is the halfway point of their ambitious The Feeding of the Five Thousand Remix Project and has so far raised over £10,000 to help provide specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. In 2019 Crass decided to make the original separate track stems of their seminal debut album available as a free download. The intent was for people to create their own remixes and interpretations and breathe fresh life and ideas into this revolutionary music.

First released in 1978, The Feeding of the Five Thousand pre-empted rap and grime in its hard-on-the-beat, fast fire, uncompromising lyrics and the iconic sounds and messages are ripe for reinterpretation. Crass encouraged people to rip apart the sound and ideas, and create something new, then send the files to Crass Records for future releases and charitable projects.

“Yours for the taking, yours for the making,” Crass said. “You do it, we’ll stew it. Mix it backwards, forwards and upside down. Turn up the heat and fix it with a downbeat, bring in the trumpets and let ‘em blow, let the piper call the tune to let us all know. It’s up to you to do what you like with it. The only limitation is your imagination.”

All monies raised from the project go to the charity Refuge. 

“Since the start of lockdown, Refuge has seen a 66% rise in demand for its Helpline, and a 950% rise in visits to its Helpline website,” says a Refuge spokesperson. “This shows the sheer extent of the need for specialist domestic abuse services – not just during lockdown but beyond. Every penny raised helps us to ensure that no woman or child is turned away from safety.

While lockdown itself doesn’t cause domestic abuse – abuse happens all year round – it does, of course, have the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours – and the data we have shows us the increase in the need for our services during lockdown. Refuge worked incredibly hard at the beginning of the pandemic to make sure our services remained open and remained safe. The generous donations we have received, including those from Crass, mean we can continue to provide the life-saving and life-changing services that women experiencing domestic abuse need and deserve.”

Order the single here.

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Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.



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