CD Penis Envy [The Crassical Collection] [Digipak] (CD 7018162),
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Penis Envy [The Crassical Collection] [Digipak]

  • 1. Bata Motel
    2. Systematic Death
    3. Poison in a Pretty Pill
    4. What the Fuck?
    5. Where Next Columbus?
    6. Berkertex Bribe
    7. Smother Love
    8. Health Surface
    9. Dry Weather
    10. Our Wedding
    11. Yorkie Talk
    12. Yes, Folks
    13. Unelected President, The - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn Loder

    Personnel: Eve Libertine (vocals); Phil Free (guitar); Penny Rimbaud (drums, sound effects).
    Audio Remasterers: Harvey Birrell; Penny Rimbaud.
    Audio Remixer: Harvey Birrell.
    Liner Note Author: Eve Libertine.
    On their third album, the British anarcho-punk band Crass proved they weren't just another macho hardcore group by turning the vocals over to Joy De Vivre and Eve Libertine. The women spew anti-sexist screeds in front of more complex arrangements than the band was known for. Angrier and more thought-provoking than on previous albums, the band uses the fresh lineup to break free of musical orthodoxy as well, avoiding typical punk structure in favor of off-kilter arrangements. In its political content, high spirits, and musical adventurism, PENIS ENVY predicted the early '90s Riot Grrl movement by a decade. Songs like "Bata Motel" take aim at standards of beauty and society's interpretations of femininity, and "Poison in a Pretty Pill" takes a scalpel to conventional sexuality with precise language.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.57) - "[W]ith memorable lyrics and almost catchy arrangements that mischievously tugged at the nose chains of those punk rockers suspicious that the group were secretly hungry or fame."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Exhibiting a greater musical complexity than on previous outings....For avid fans and dormant punks alike, this is a must."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] add vicious mischief and radical feminism to the Crass lyrical palette."
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  • Genre: Heavy Metal
  • Label: Crass 3
  • Distributor: CTD
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 718752578325
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