Crass were an English art collective and punk rock band formed in 1977 who promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights, feminism, anti-fascism, and environmentalism.
The band used and advocated a DIY ethic approach to its albums, sound collages, leaflets, and films. Painstakingly remastered and redesigned over recent years by Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher, the Crassical Collections are a radical reappraisal of the Crass catalogue. The message remains the same, but with new visuals, improved sound and the added clarity of hindsight. Crass as it was in the beginning, but with all the power of now.
Penis Envy, number three in the revisited double CD Crassical Collection is a double CD presentation containing the 2009 remastered original Crass album on CD1 and, on CD2, additional related tracks mastered in 2018 at Abbey Road Studios and largely featuring Eve Libertine in a variety of guises, plus a fold-out poster of the original cover and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes. There is also the added bonus of creating an enlarged Crass logo when owning the complete set.