From the Dangerous Minds archives comes this festival holiday favorite…
In 1981, anarcho-punk heroes Crass had had about enough of the increasingly commercialized holiday season—not to mention the mass slaughter of turkeys each year—and decided to protest musically with a Casiotone medley of some of their best-loved numbers. The two-sided single, “Merry Crassmas,” was the result. It is the only Christmas song I can think of that hopes you choke on your turkey…
“Merry Crassmas” was credited to “Creative Recording and Sound Services.” On the picture sleeve, ringing Gee Vaucher’s distinctive art were these words:
COLD TURKEY ONE. VERY MERRY CRASSMAS. HERE’S AN AMAZING XMAS MEDLEY OF CRASS’S GREATEST HITS. SUPER FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY. PLUS…SUPER FUN TIME COMPETITION THAT EVERYONE CAN JOIN IN. HERE’S WHAT YOU DO…IT’S EASY. JUST LIST, IN ORDER, THE TITLES OF THE EXCITING CRASS SONGS ON THIS RECORD. THE FIRST THREE CORRECT POSTCARDS TO BE RECEIVED WILL BE SENT THE FOLLOWING GREAT PRIZES…1ST PRIZE… BATHSALTS, 2ND PRIZE…ONE EXPLOITED SINGLE, 3RD PRIZE…TWO EXPLOITED SINGLES. HAVE FUN. SEND ENTRIES TO “CRASSMAS COMPETITION.” PO BOX 279. LONDON N22.
Please note that back in 1981, kids, “bath salts” actually meant bath salts like you would put in your bath—not a drug that makes you want to eat people’s faces off—a shitty prize, in other words. I like how third place gets not one, but two Exploited singles!
Big A, Little A
Punk is Dead
I Ain’t Thick, It’s Just a Trick
While Shepherds Watched
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Banned from the Roxy
One of only two Christmas records I own. I guess you could say that I’m not big on the holiday myself…