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Anarchist Anxiety

Annie Anxiety interviewed about her poetry in Anarchist Propaganda zine, issue 1 1/2, November 1982.

Annie Anxiety … Birmingham 3rd May 1982

After speaking to Flux of Pink Indians I noticed Annie Anxiety and Eve Libertine sitting on a sofa and talking. So I went over and started chatting to them. Eve had to leave to go on stage so I asked Annie some questions and scribbled down the replys. I did not have any questions prepared to ask her so that is my excuse for some of the pathetic ones I asked. I hope I have taken the replys down correctly in a shortened form as it was difficult keeping up with what was being said, Read on ……

Do you feel it easy to write poetry?
“Not really, it depends .. sometimes I feel empty inside but other times it is rather easy.”

Eve: “She churns them out, she can write one in 10 seconds, she’ll write you one now!”

How do you feel about people gobbing at you as you seemed to attract a lot of it?
“It’s just the berks in the front row. They blow kisses and make peace signs as well – real berks stuck in 1977.”

Why did you leave America?
“It was just so shit, with things like television being on 24 hours a day and the big corporations… It’s very nationalistic with 60% of the people being immigrants.”

How do you feel about your poems on paper?
“It’s another way to get something across, it has the quickest impact. When they’re written down there’s space to show your references.”

Any special significance in your name?
“No … A name is given to you when you’re born but it has nothing to do with you. You can’t slap a name on someone – it’s personal.”

Do you like punk music?
“Yeah I like the music. Crass are fucking great! If I don’t like the lyrics though then I won’t like the song.”

What did you think of your single?
“Well I’d like to do more different things – but it was good, working with Penny was brilliant.”

Do you like your set being split into two?
“I prefer it split into two. You lose impact if it’s not split. The evening’s planned and it is set up well.”

What do you think of the sound quality as it is often the main problem?
“Yeah it is difficult. When people come up and talk it helps, but it is a problem.”

Annie’s second book of poems “Tropical Depression” is available from Xntrix (Poison Girls) for 30p + 18p (p+p)
Poison Girls, c/o Rough Trade, 137 Blenheim Crescent, London W.11

Justice Is Our Conviction

Punk, reggae, and poetry standing up in the NME, 16 June, 1990.

Justice is Our Conviction
(State Injustice LP only)

After the Anti-Poll Tax and Airspace II efforts, ‘Justice is Our Conviction’ stands up in support of one Irishman, Martin Foran who, despite persistently protesting his innocence and claiming to have been framed by the West Midlands Crime Squad, has been imprisoned virtually non-stop since 1978, and currently resides in Durham’s Frankland jail.
‘Justice …’ is a smartly-planned platter, an eclectic mix of the frenzied, the groovy and the avant garde which appears worryingly wide-ranging on paper yet merges on vinyl.
The first side is a haven for scruffy guitars and uncompromising attitudes: Anhrefn, Sink, Visions Of Change and Mega City 4 (contributing a live version of ‘What You’ve Got’) all steam through their abrasive efforts with the kind of hellbound determination that would stun a stuntman, while Plantr Bach Ofnur and Transmitters are off-the-wall additions – the former marrying The Fall and Propaganda in a crushing Welsh ceremony, the latter’s Furniture connections putting them in a decidedly unsteady, Talking Heads-gone-bonkers mould.
Side Two is stranger (and stronger) still, a curious roomful of underground types with underhand ideals. Annie Anxiety’s ‘One Mourning’ is a catty, clean-cut saunter through The Creatures’ shadowy terrain; Bim Sherman and Dub Syndicate unite on the surprisingly bright and relaxed reggae roll through ‘Be My Lighthouse’.
Barmy Army enthrall during the hazy grooves of ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’, while poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘Us And Dem’ is a fitting finale.
The freedom fight continues.

Simon Williams

Annie Anxiety

from Guilty of What ‘zine, 1982.
Annie was part of the bands that focused around scruffy anarchos Crass. She performed using backing tapes, spoken word and was pretty unique. She often annoyed the soap-dodging punks by being different, which is no bad thing. She later went on to record and tour with On U-Sound.