CRASS | Yes Sir, I Will [Vinyl]

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7 tracks, 44 minutes.  An impassioned response to the Falklands War and the plague of Thatcher.  Repressing of the original vinyl LP, packaged in the original fold-out 12 panel poster sleeve.  Includes for the first time a download card entitling the bearer to a free mp3 download of the vinyl album.

There is no authority but yourself.

Yes Sir, I Will, released by Crass in 1983, was the band's last 'official' album. The record consists of one continuous piece of music spread over the two sides of the original vinyl release (the CD release split the album into 7 tracks), making it the longest punk song ever recorded, although this is intercut with two brief interludes; a section of self-parody ("The Feeding of the Five Knuckle Shuffle") and a ballad-style piano "Anarchy's Just Another Word" section sung by drummer Penny Rimbaud. The album was essentially a bitter and virulent attack on then prime minister Margaret Thatcher and her government in the aftermath of the Falklands War, set nearly wholly over a raging and an almost free-form improvised backing provided by the groups' instrumentalists. Many of the 'lyrics' of this piece are extracted from Rimbaud's extended poem Rocky Eyed. Sleeve notes for the album include parts of Rimbaud's article The Pig's Head Controversy that originally appeared in the Crass produced magazine International Anthem.

The title of the record is ironic, taken from a news cutting reporting a conversation said to have taken place between Charles, Prince of Wales and a badly burned soldier (Simon Weston) who had returned from the Falklands;

"Get well soon," the Prince said. And the heroic soldier replied "Yes sir, I will".  - The Sun, 2 December 1982

The cutting features as the poster in the centre of the fold-out sleeve.  Penny Rimbaud, commenting on this, has said "That was the hook. That was such an audacious thing to do at the time. Especially given that one had to feel compassion for Simon Weston."

Track Listing 

1. Yes Sir, I Will
2. Yes Sir, I Will

Released: 1983