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~Today is the Day :: I Make My Own Top 10 Best Punk Band List
May 29, 2008, 1:23 am
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:: 10 :: (Ten)

Flux of Pink Indians (1980–1986)

Flux of Pink Indians were an anarcho-punk/post-punk band out of Britain. They were advocates of vegetarianism and pacifism.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • Their debut EP Neu Smell was released on Crass Records in 1981.

Name

Their name shortened to Flux in 1986 and released Uncarved Block, which used percussion-heavy dance and funk based rhythms. The Tao of Pooh was a major influence.

Listen

Flux of Pink Indians – Background of Malfunction ()

“Jesus, is religion really true or is it just another tool used to control and manipulate the things we do?”

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:: 9 :: (Nine)

Minor Threat (1980–1983)

Minor Threat were an American hardcore punk band. They are most notable for beginning the straight-edge movement within punk.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • Ian MacKaye, Minor Threat’s frontman, considers John Loder, founder of Southern Records, a mentor and an inspiration. Loder’s recording facility was used by Crass for the album Feeding of the 5000 and Loder and Penny Rimbaud, a key Crass member, were good friends. Southern Records also went on to form a partnership with Dischord Records, Minor Threat’s label.

Logo

Their logo was used by Nike. After threats from the band, Nike issued an apology and all hard copies they had access to were destroyed.

Listen

Minor Threat – Good Guys (Don’t Wear White) ()

“Never want to use a crutch.”

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:: 8 :: (Eight)

Conflict (1981 – Present)

Conflict were active in the later stages of British anarcho-punk.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • Their first release was on Crass Records. Steve Ignorant, a member of Crass, collaborated with Conflict on their animal rights release To A Nation of Animal Lovers. After 1983, Steve became a semi-permanent singer with the band.

Logo

Their logo uses two ‘A’s for anarchy and autonomy, and an ‘N’ for nihilism.

Listen

Conflict – The Ungovernable Force ()

“We said, “fuck off” smarmy popstar shits portraying images of a perfect world.”

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:: 7 :: (Seven)

Zounds (1977-1982/2001-Present)

Zounds were part of the early British anarchist movement. They were also proponents of free festival and squatting culture.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • They first met members of Crass when their van broke down and they were brought back to Dial House. They later released their first EP, Can’t Cheat Karma, on Crass Records.

Name

“Zounds” was chosen from the Bible. It is a slang term derived from “God’s wounds” and was formerly used as a mildly blasphemous oath.

Listen

Zounds – Demystification ()

“You’ve got the potential to disobey.”

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:: 6 :: (Six)

Bad Brains (1977–1984/1986–1995/1997–Present)

The Bad Brains were an American hardcore band. The members were devout Rastafarians and included a mix of metal and reggae in their music.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • It’s rumored that former lead singer, H.R., could be quite crass. But then he stopped doing crack.

Name

The Beasties Boys were so influenced by the Bad Brains that they reportedly based their name from the double “B” initals.

Listen

Bad Brains – Re-Ignition ()

” In the quest for the test to fulfill an achievement
everybody’s only loaded just to shoot themselves.”

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:: 5 :: (Five)

Subhumans (1980–1987/1998/2004–Present)

The Subhumans were an anarcho-punk band formed in England.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • Pretty much the entire anarcho-punk movement is directly attributable to Crass’ influence. Also, John Loder, owner of Southern Records, was good friends with Dick Lucas, Subhumans frontman, and the band also used his studio for album recording.

Logo

Why do you use SS-s in your logo?
-It’s not SS as a ‘logo’, that’s rediculous! It’s just coincidence, we didn’t think of it like that – we’re obviously not nazis.”

Listen

Subhumans – Religious Wars ()

“In the name of God they left you to die.”

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:: 4 :: (Four)

Black Flag (1976-1986/2003)

Black Flag are widely considered the first hardcore punk band. This American band was for a time fronted by the infamous (and hot) Henry Rollins.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

  • What does Rollins think of UK bands like the overtly political CRASS?
  • Personally I always like Crass as a cool concept and the music kind of bored me. You know, nnmmmm, nnmmmm, with a guy spieling over the top of it. You listen to it once, but can you put it in a car stereo – no! “

Logo

“If a white flag means surrender, a black flag represents anarchy.”

Listen

Black Flag – Gimme Gimme Gimme ()

“I find satisfaction in what they lack.”

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:: 3 :: (Three)

Aus Rotten (1992-2001)

Aus Rotten were a later arriving American hardcore band with strong anarcho-punk/crust punk tendencies.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

Name
Their name is German and means “to exterminate.”
Listen
Aus Rotten – Fuck Nazi Sympathy ()
“As long as flags fly above us, no one’s really free.”

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:: 2 :: (Two)

Dead Kennedys (1978-1986)

The Dead Kennedys were an American hardcore band. The current incarnation, sans Jello Biafra, does not count.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

I didn’t agree with the hard line Crass or MDC took over the years, but it helped me decide what line I wanted to take instead.” – Jello Biafra

Name

Due to the band’s provocative name, they sometimes played under pseudonyms, including “The Sharks”, “The Creamsicles” and “The Pink Twinkies“.

Listen

Dead Kennedys – Kill The Poor ()

“Force feed you mind-melting chemicals til even the outside world looks great.”

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:: 1 :: (One)

Crass (1977-1984)

Crass were perhaps the most influential anarchist punk bands. There is so much to be said.

Interesting Crass-Related Fact

Crass’ music was heavily influenced by American experimental composer John Cage.

Logo

Always intent on the visual aspect of their work, the logo was a mixture of the Christian cross, the swastika and the Union Flag, combined with the Ouroboros.

Listen

Crass – So What ()

“In all your decadence, people die.”

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::: Honorable Mentions :::

  • X-Ray Spex ()
  • Millions of Dead Cops ()
  • Oi Polloi ()
  • Poison Girls ()
  • The Slits ()
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Hey, some interesting facts and some great pictures here (including a couple I’ve not seen before).

I thought you might be interested to know I just posted a new interview with Flux (they reformed last year) on my blog. I saw them live last month and they were just as powerful as they were back in the day.

Cheers!

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