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rock the casbah
London Calling is iconic, obviously, as it was showing that punk could be all kinds of styles. But as an album it just sounds like a load of ideas. there's no real continuity, and some of the tracks are gaaash. Yes, you have Death or Glory, Guns of Brixton, Train in Vain and the title track. But Spanish Bombs, Jimmy Jazz and The Card Cheat? C'mon.
It's Joe Strummer eulogising Hemingway.
either way, it's one of my favourite Clash songs. I don't think the card cheat should be on the bad list either, Jimmy Jazz is shit though!
But Strummer wrote it because he loved Hemingway, who wrote loads about the Spanish Civil War, including For Whom the Bell Tolls. He pretty much said as much.
but I knew all the rest of that.
I think I might be wrong. D'oh. Apologies. Anyway, I don't like it.
although i'm not crazy about give 'em enough rope either. london calling is good though, and to be fair some of the singles released after LC are pretty good (rock the casbah not included)
My favourite Clash song, probably.
reminds me, I need to find out what that was.
How have I never heard that?! It's fucking amazing.
The little sound samples. The simple beat. Her voice too. Should investigate more.
It's that or I'm So Bored With The USA. Or maybe Straight To Hell.
That's the thing, all their albums have a few great songs on them. And then a lot of chaff.
guns of brixton
agreed on bored with the usa though.
Except that Combat Rock really works as an album - can listen to it from start to finish rather than dipping in and out. Not as propulsive as their debut of course but not as languid as Sandinista. BIG WORDS!
if they had 'cut the crap' (what a pun) and made that a single album it would be held pretty much as highly as london calling.
and that you weren't just talking about Cut The Crap
boring, no one cares about your wrong opinion on the clash
sorry, that was my post.
but yeah. predictable response back.
explain how they're in any way good? i've listened to plenty, and it's turgid boring bollocks.
so its not worth it
but Magnificent Seven, This Is Radio Clash and Mustapha Dance are all by far my favourite songs of theirs, and all post London Calling.
What a tool.
I'm always disappointed by Clampdown. It has such an amazing intro, but the actual song is just okay. It's really upsetting.
I was like "Yeah!!!" at the intro. Then the rest of the song came in and I was like "Play Reptilia".
Julian dived through the drumkit and got stucky inside the bass drum and had to stagger off wearing it as a roadie tried to pull it off him.
Albert Hammond Jr was playing golf into the crowd with his guitar and about 10 pints of beer.
Then they stopped drinking and the next time I saw them they weren't as fun.
He has those hypnotic hips.
makes it easier to avoid
but its really unfairly treated, as i said above, if it was trimmed of some of the shit, it'd be a great great album. as it is, its still pretty good
everything except cut the crap is great. you fools.
but i don't find any joy in listening to anything but s/t and LC.
is really good. It was unfairly castigated at the time, basically cos it was a triple album which was considered not very punk. There are some great tracks on it - Junco Partner is a Clash cod-reggae classic to sit alongside Police And Thieves and Armagideon Time.
it's a rilly good album. Rilly good. Cut the crap is shite obvs.
"Maybe the reason they never found a good singer was because the band had little talent to begin with, and they were a hopeless case of reckless idiots who should never receive any credit as a mainstream, record producing group. The lead singer of the Clash once said that Led Zeppelin was a terrible band and he couldnt stand listening to them. This proves his inability to visulize talent, and that is why the band was a terrible group."
Give em enough rope. And utter crap when they went chasing the yankee dollar.
when they recorded give em enough rope.
because it was mentioned in this thread. I never knew MIA sampled that!
I firmly believe, is a case of great concept, poorly executed. Apprently it was Mick Jones that kept insisting it was a triple, hence all the dub versions, and kids versions, and other rubbish. But take that away, and there are some belters on there
Combat Rock I feel is overrated. Take away the overplayed singles and it's mediocre in my book. But perversely, I reckno if you took away the crap 80s production and all the shouty football-terrace choruses, there are some good songs on Cut The Crap. Dictator could have been a great song, as could Life is Wild.....pity Bernie Rhodes had to go and effectively take creative control of the band during the making of that album to compete on a creative level with Malcolm McLaren....:(
1st Rhodes period: inception - 1978.
They got him back (if I remember rightly) between LC and Sandinista! coming out. Rhodes was instrumental in the sacking of Mick Jones, using political games to play one off against the other (he hated Jones and wanted him out to pursue his own creative fantasy).
Once Jones was out Rhodes effectively took his place (if not actually in the band, then in terms of - at least in Rhodes' mind - creative input). As a result, all tracks on Cut the Crap are listed aas 'Strummer & Rhodes' compositions