The rise of anarcho punk in the wake of Crass finally saw punk rock become the movement it always threatened to be in the late Seventies. Suddenly punk wasn't about the clothes that you wore, the music that you played, it was about what was ip your head, what was in your heart. Bands like Conflict, Flux of Pink Indians, Subhumans, The Mob, Zounds, and quite literally hundreds morejtook the sentiments of Crass in myriad musical directions, but always maintained as their primary motivation a desire to offer a genuine alternative to the mainstream. Such purity of purpose was not sustainable forever, of mid-Eighties, anarcho punk had almost became a parody of itself, the scene having adopted - for the most part - a standardised look, sound and stance that almost rendered it as redundant as that which it had set out to overthrow. But, for a few short years back then, anarcho punk was the most vital, exciting and downright subversive music to ever spring forth from a loudspeaker, its power and passion a far cry from what is so often passed off as revolutionary music today. Yet so little has been done to seriously document that groundbreaking period of the UK underground, even massive-sellers like Crass seemingly swept under the carpet, out of sight, out of mind, the 'poor relations' of the infinitely safer bands laughably lauded by the media as 'true punk'. Until now, that is, and the publication of Ian Glasper's book, 'The Day the Country Died', which peels away the myths one by one, through all-new interviews and exhaustive research. This film, by renowned maverick filmmaker Roy Wallace (himself one-time vocalist with Belfast band, Toxic Waste) is the visual companion to that work, concisely relating the real story of anarcho punk via a wealth of exclusive new interviews and ultra-rare archive footage. Between this disc and that book, anarcho punk finally gets a fair hearing, and not before time!
Jon Active, Petesy Burns, Francisco Carreno, Gerald Evans, Sean Forbes, Ian Glasper, Kevin Hunter, Dave Hyndman, Colin Jerwood, Steve Lake, Colin Latter, Dick Lucas, Sean Mcghee