Although Crass Records never “sold out” the way Epitaph seemed to in the 1990s, it is afflicted with a similar image problem. One persistent perception, for example, is that Crass Records was a haven for 2-dimensional, snarling, spiky haired punk bands of the Chaos UK variety. In reality, the label’s catalog is much more complicated. Crass and its side imprint, Corpus Christi, featured a diverse array of industrial, electro-punk, deathrock and postpunk bands. Indeed, a few years ago, Penny Rimbaud proclaimed in an interview that he never wanted Crass Records to simply put out ”endless bloody thrash music, which I find boring.”

What follows is a brief overview of fifteen postpunk and experimental releases put out under the Crass Records banner.

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