All the Madmen Records is now taking pre-orders on the 35th anniversary re-release of Poison Girls’ celebrated Persons Unknown track, backed with the equally lauded Statement (in its Wargasm incarnation).

All the Madmen are also recreating the forty eight Persons Unknown one-inch badge set, originally released at in parallel with the single in 1980, which will be available to buy in six grouped part-sets and a complete collection (plus black crow and yin-yang badges).

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown / Statement (Orchestral)

Release date: Late November / early December 2015 (subject to manufacture)
12” Heavyweight Vinyl in full colour sleeve with insert and folded A2 poster

Poison Girls’ legendary, brooding call to action for the radical and dispossessed gets a 35-year anniversary, deluxe vinyl edition on The Mob’s All The Madmen Records, backed with the sublime orchestral version of Statement. Continuing Poison Girls’ ongoing vinyl re-release series. In full collaboration with Poison Girls, coordinated by Pete Fender with artwork design and layout by Bernhardt Rebours.

Now on 12″ vinyl in their full durations of over 7 minutes and 5 minutes respectively, both tracks are given space to breathe and be heard in their best vinyl form. The 180g heavyweight vinyl presents as a more deluxe, durable medium and a two-sided insert details the background, lyrics and ongoing relevance of the songs.

An enclosed A2 sized (42.0 x 59.4cm), folded poster graphically reproduces the set of forty eight 1-inch button/pin badges that Poison Girls produced and distributed in 1980 to promote and reinforce the Persons Unknown declaration. Using words from the song, each badge identifies a social (mis)fit – joined lyrically as one in the full set. The badges have been carefully recreated and are made available in hand-pressed sets, via All The Madmen Records.

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown

Inspired by the 1979 UK High Court trial (and subsequent acquittal) of members of the Anarchist Black Cross group for “conspiring with persons unknown at places unknown to cause explosions and overthrow society”. There were no explosions. Some of that group set about forming an Anarchist Centre and in a joint release with Crass’ Bloody Revolutions, Persons Unknown financed the opening in 1980 of Londons Wapping Wharf Autonomy Centre.

Just as the Anarchist Black Cross were synonymous with the campaign for political freedom throughout the 20th Century, the split 7″ release became a cornerstone of the anarchist punk counterculture. The rhetoric of Persons Unknown remains a commentary valid as ever today with continued use of Joint Enterprise doctrine in “guilty by association” trials of those remotely associated with insurrection. See the recently attempted prosecution of social segregation “poor doors” and anti-gentrification “cereal killers” protestors in London.

Poison Girls – Statement

First released in its original form as a flexi-disc with the Chappaquiddick Bridge album and here reworked for Pax Records’ 1982 anti-war compilation Wargasm; featuring the National Youth Orchestra and Jason Osborn adding their classical staccato to underpin Vi Subversa’s impassioned curse to the system and its warlords.

Poison Girls - Persons Unknown - November 2015

All The Madmen Records - Poison Girls - Persons Unknown badges

All The Madmen Records - Poison Girls Persons Unknown - back cover

In a new interview with Gonzo Weekly (Issue 154), Steve Ignorant discusses the recent Sleaford Mods tour; new Slice of Life recordings; joining some Polish musicians (from Dagenham and Barking) to record Romanian gypsy songs; plans for seeking out new audiences and festivals to perform at next year (“moving away from the punk circuit”); taking up the opportunity to speak on the history of Punch and Judy; and working with Paranoid Visions (including plans to record a benefit cover version of The Ruts’ ‘Shine on Me’).

Gonzo Weekly - 154 - Steve Ignorant

All The Mad Men Records have announced today their plan to release a 35-year anniversary “deluxe 12″ vinyl edition” of Poison Girls’ single Persons Unknown

In November – from All The Madmen Records
Poison Girls – Persons Unknown
35-year anniversary deluxe 12″ vinyl edition
Details and pre-order to follow

“Flesh and blood is who we are
Our cover is blown…”

Poison Girls - Persons Unknown - November 2015

Dare to Dream: Anarchism in England in History and in Action. a documentary directed by Goldsmith’s College, University of London film student Marianne Jenkins in 1990, has just been made available online.

The 40-minute documentary moves between exploring contemporary British anarchist culture and politics and events from across global twentieth century history (including the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Vietnam War) and libertarian responses to them.

The film includes contributions from well-known names in the post-war anarchist movement, incuding John Rety, Nicholas Walter, Phillip Samson, Vernon Richards, Clifford Harper and Albert Meltzer – and Labour MP Kim Howells (whose ‘radical’ past is revisited in historic newsreel).

Glimpses of the British anarchist movement in the 1980s are seen in the coverage of Bradford’s 1-in-12 Club, Birmingham’s Common Ground initiative, London Hargingey’s Solidarity Movement, London Greenpeace; and through the Stop the City events, anti-poll tax protests, animal rights movement and the feminist movement.

Although anarcho-punk is not a particular on-screen focus for Jenkins, the soundtrack includes the music of Crass, Chumbawamba, Concrete Sox, Political Asylum and The Subhumans (alongside Glen Miller and Bob Dylan).

As well as brief live footage of Chumbawamba, anarchist punk is most clearly represented in front of camera through equally fleeting live footage of Poison Girls and a short (but illuminating) interview with Vi Subversa and Richard Famous (circa 30:00 in).

There’s an interesting commentary on the documentary on the Red, Black, Green blog by redblackgreen – who uploaded the film to the Veoh platform. They note:

Dare to Dream was made on a shoestring budget and it shows. Production values, especially by 21st century standards are low, but the amateurish look gives it real charm and a very DIY anarcho-punk feel redolent of its era.

Dare to Dream - Vi Subversa

Dare to Dream - Poison Girls - live 1984

Dare to Dream - Richard Famous and Vi Subversa

Dare to Dream - Stop the City

Dare to Dream - Stop the City - crowd running

Please note that the video contains distressing images of human and animal suffering, and has been given an ‘suitable for 18-year-olds and above’ rating on Veoh.

In a Facebook update, Steve Ignorant reports that the Cold Spring label have contacted him to confirm that they have scrapped plans for a series of live Crass bootleg releases – a project which Penny Rimbaud had declined either to support or oppose, and which Ignorant had made clear his unhappiness about. On 1 September 2015, Ignorant annnounced the following:

Thank you for all your comments and support. Cold Spring has written to me and decided not to release any bootlegs and apologised for the grief that it unintentionally caused

Cold Spring have yet to made a public statement about the cancellation of the planned releases.


The Louder Than War site has published (30 August 2015), an interview with Steve Ignorant (carried out at by Phil Newall the Rebellion festival) in which he discusses his Top 10 albums – including the soundtrack for West Side Story and Joni Mitchell’s Hejira.

Steve Ignorant - top 10 albums

Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life

On his official Facebook page, Steve Ignorant takes a very different view of the Cold Spring label’s plan to release live Crass bootleg recordings (on CD and vinyl) than the one taken by Penny Rimbaud.

I’d just like to say that I am not, have never been and as far as I’m concerned, never will be affiliated with Cold Spring Records. I have not endorsed the releases and Crass certainly hasn’t. The statement Cold Spring put out on Facebook was totally misleading and mis-represented both myself and Crass.

I don’t object to bootlegs, they’ve always been a part of the world I move in, usually produced out of necessity as the official release may be too expensive to import etc., but I do object to being made to look as though I’m officially endorsing something – which then stops it being a bootleg! So now because of all this nonsense if I say I don’t want it released I’m being a selfish bastard, and if I say ‘OK release it’ then I’m agreeing with all this nonsense. Damned if I do and damned if I don’t.

If Cold Spring Records have a conscience they’ll know the right thing to do.

Steve Ignorant


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