Monday, April 23, 2012
Hit Parade - Bad News
Here's another interesting release from Crass Records. Politically charged electronic music from Belfast. Using just synths, drum machines, and vocals this one man band Dave Hyndman aka P. Checkoff creates sounds more akin to Depeche Mode than Conflict. Backing vocals from Eve Libertine, Penny Rimbaud, and Phil Free of Crass. Engineered at Southern Studios, London. It came in Crass-style foldout cover with extensive information on the Irish prisoners' hunger strike in the H-Blocks, and an additional inner sheet featuring a political statement by Crass.
Run out A: WHY ARE JOKES ABOUT THE IRISH SO STUPID....
Run out B: SO THE BRITISH CAN UNDERSTAND THEM!
1 - Here's What You Find In Any Prison
2 - More Faces
3 - Bad News
4 - H Block
On a related note, I recently saw the film Hunger (2008) directed by Steve McQueen which dealt with the issue of the Irish Prisoners' hunger strike. It was a beautifully shot and moody take on this tragedy. Ten people died and Thatcher couldn't care less.