CONFLICT - The House That Man Built

Crass Records 221984/1

Bass, Vocals – John*
Design [Cover Design] – Conflict (2), Dada Nana
Drums – Paco
Engineer – John Loder
Guitar – Steve (19)
Producer – Elvis RimrodTape
[Tapes], Other [Visuals] – Paul*
Vocals – Colin*, Pauline*
Vocals [Additional] – Conflict Barmy Army
Written-By – Conflict

Recorded and mixed at Southern Studios, London, 1981.

From The Day the Country Died

Things moved quickly for Conflict in 1981, and on Decenber 11th the day before Paco’s sixteenth birthday , they entered Southern Studios under the watchful eye of Penny Rambaud to record the House That Man Built EP for Crass.

Whatever the reasons behind its success, ‘The House That Man Built’ certainly struck a chord with the record-buying public, selling 7800 copies in the first three weeks and shooting to No. 3 in the Indies upon its release during June 1982 (it stayed in the chart for well over three months). The house of the title being the corrupt courts of law, the prisons full to bursting with petty criminals, the derelict tower blocks where the poor eke out a frugal existence in squalor, the churches where the insipid masses flock for reassurance and forgiveness, and, of course, the slaughterhouse, a manmade hell on earth, heavy with the stench of innocent blood. Colin: “Gee [Vaucher, of Crass] actually made a model of that house, ‘the house that man built’… a purpose-built model, and they put a camera in every room of it, and then – after spending a month working on it, making it out of papier mache – she set it alight for the back cover. I was gutted really, ‘cos I wanted to keep it! But they really took it seriously, and put 100% into everything they did.”