Best Before 1984

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Best Before 1984
Compilation album by Crass
Released 1986
Recorded 1979-1984
Genre Anarcho punk
Length 79:03
Label Crass
Producer Crass
Crass chronology
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(1985)Ten Notes on a Summer's Day1985
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Christ: The Bootleg
(1989)Christ: The Bootleg1989
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Best Before 1984 is a compilation of Crass' singles and other tracks, released in 1986, including lyrics and a booklet ("...In Which Crass Voluntarily 'Blow Their Own'") which details the history of the band in their own words. The album was named in reference to the notion that 1984 was the band's "'sell by date", the year that they had often publicly stated that they would split up. Indeed, the band ceased gigging and recording in that year.[1]

According to a blog on the Southern Records website, there are plans to release an expanded edition of Best Before 1984, which will include currently unavailable material (such as the "Merry Crassmas" and "Whodunnit?" singles) and rarities, in the same vein as the 'Crassical Collection' re-releases of the band's albums.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do They Owe Us a Living?"
  2. "Major General Despair"
  3. "Angela Rippon"
  4. "Reality Asylum"
  5. "Shaved Women"
  6. "Bloody Revolutions"
  7. "Nagasaki Nightmare"
  8. "Big A Little A"
  9. "Rival Tribal Rebel Revel"
  10. "Sheep Farming In The Falklands (Flexi)"
  11. "How Does It Feel?"
  12. "The Immortal Death"
  13. "Don't Tell Me You Care"
  14. "Sheep Farming In The Falklands"
  15. "Gotcha"
  16. "You're Already Dead"
  17. "Nagasaki Is Yesterday's Dog-End"
  18. "Don't Get Caught"
  19. "Smash The Mac"
  20. "Do They Owe Us A Living? (Live in Aberdare from last gig)"

Song origins[edit]

Tracks 1-3 are from an early recording session on February 27, 1978.
Tracks 4 and 5 are from the "Reality Asylum" single, released in 1979.
Track 6 is from the "Bloody Revolutions / Persons Unknown" split single with Poison Girls, released in 1980.
Tracks 7 and 8 are from the "Nagasaki Nightmare" single, released 1980.
Track 9 is from the "Rival Tribal Rebel Revel" flexi-single, released in 1980 (later released on 7" vinyl).
Track 10 is from an anti-war flexi-single released anonymously in 1982.
Tracks 11-13 are from the "How Does It Feel (To Be The Mother Of A Thousand Dead)?" single, released in 1982.
Tracks 14 and 15 are from the "Sheep Farming In The Falklands" single, released in 1983.
Tracks 16-18 are from the band's final single, "You're Already Dead", released in 1984.
Track 19 is previously unreleased.
Track 20 was recorded live at the band's final gig at Aberdare in 1984.


  1. ^ Berger, George (2006). The Story of Crass. Omnibus Press. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2012-02-14.