Friday, March 13, 2009


This is a combination of the first two singles from Crisis. According to another web site, this was released after the band broke up. I'm not sure what if any label this record was on. It doesn't list a label, or a release date. On the inner groove of the record it says Noth 1, that's it. Oh well, it's definitely a classic. hey I wonder if like me any of you ever get freaked out by the small bit of whistling that appears the sixth time the opening guitar line is played on Holocaust? Just curious, never heard anyone mention that they noticed it before. Crisis started out in the late 70s with the rise of the British hardcore punk movement. They were at the forefront of the political take on punk, all of their songs being about the state of the UK and its government and anti Nazism (which will get interesting). They would release several singles, EPs and an LP. They were very comparable to and probably were on the bill with bands like Warsaw, UK Decay, The Royal Family (Dave Roberts), and numerous Crass camp bands. There was a re-release of their 7" and EP material on CD some years ago.
They took a different approach to punk, while the music was still aggressive, it was rhythmic, structured, and poetic - not merely powerchord thrash. After their split, Luke Rendall went on to Theatre of Hate, and Lester Jones played with Carcrash International (Dave Roberts/Sex Gang Children) and Quick Gas Gang (Andi Sex Gang), but most notably, Tony Wakeford and Douglas Pierce went on to form Death In June. The funny thing is, Crisis began as a dramatically anti-fascist band, but as time progressed, the members increasingly romanticized German WWII imagery and themes and the line between fascism blurred, DIJ often being referred to by those not in the know as a straight on Nazi band. The Crisis song "White Youth" was even at one point taken at face value by a member of the music press who didn't bother to listen to it.
REFERENCES - CRISIS THE POLITICAL SIDE OF PUNK http://www.deathrock.com/crisis/ MYSPACE http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=83614088
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1 comment:

John Liedown said...

Another all time favourite. No Town Hall, is just perfect, and I think will always remain so.