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2018-02-07 10:48:44 AM  
csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog
 
2018-02-07 11:09:48 AM  
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2018-02-07 11:15:42 AM  
The Clash - Train in Vain
Youtube q3Yl4ehzX-o


My personal favorite
 
2018-02-07 11:16:15 AM  
We need them now more than ever

The Clash-Washington Bullets
Youtube MT-LyKFvlFc
 
2018-02-07 11:19:10 AM  
Hopefully the theme for 2018 in Washington will be "I Fought the Law and the Law Won".
 
2018-02-07 11:22:54 AM  

RJReves: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/q3Yl4ehz​X-o]

My personal favorite


Who knew that was a country song?


youtube won't let me embed it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H44yM​P​7um5c
 
2018-02-07 11:28:14 AM  
The Clash - I'm So Bored With The USA
Youtube A13vj5vdlCU
 
2018-02-07 11:35:53 AM  
Joe Strummer 'Johnny Appleseed'
Youtube 9pYwPc6UNmo

Not Clash, but it still counts.
 
2018-02-07 11:37:00 AM  
"the only band that matters"
 
2018-02-07 11:48:16 AM  
Among the participating radio stations: Ice Radio104.5 FM McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
 
2018-02-07 11:51:18 AM  

Everything is Awful: Among the participating radio stations: Ice Radio104.5 FM McMurdo Station, Antarctica.


I can't get that station. :-(
 
2018-02-07 11:51:24 AM  
My local public music station is participating by playing the Clash all day, so I'm not complaining
 
2018-02-07 11:52:02 AM  
Wrong Em' Boyo!
 
2018-02-07 11:54:29 AM  
If Adolf Hitler flew in today they'd send a limousine anyway.
 
2018-02-07 11:59:56 AM  

Sgygus: csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog



Eh. I've always thought that side 1 was the weakest part.

Everything from Spanish Bombs onward though is pure farking awesome.
 
2018-02-07 12:01:51 PM  
Big Audio Dynamite - Rush
Youtube -h8zs898lr4
 
2018-02-07 12:16:20 PM  

Everything is Awful: Among the participating radio stations: Ice Radio104.5 FM McMurdo Station, Antarctica.


I live by the river---of ice.
 
2018-02-07 12:21:15 PM  

Sgygus: csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog


I want to like The Clash. I do. And there's a good half of London Calling that I'm down with. But stuff like "Cadillac," "Jimmy Jazz," "Guns of Brixton," "The Right Profile," "Koka Kola" -- I just can't get into. They seem like the kind of songs that you noodle around with but eventually cut from the album because they just never coalesce into anything. I feel like London Calling would have made a fine single album with some aggressive culling, but much like The White Album (or The Wall), the double-album format let the band off the hook as far as quality control goes.

And yet, Clash fans here will tell me that this is a heresy -- that there's no bad song on the album and that I'm a philistine for not liking all of it. So what am I missing? What makes these songs as worthwhile as melodic, well-produced, well-sung stuff "Train" or "Rudie" or "Supermarket" or "Glory"?
 
2018-02-07 12:24:06 PM  

Uzzah: Sgygus: csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog

I want to like The Clash. I do. And there's a good half of London Calling that I'm down with. But stuff like "Cadillac," "Jimmy Jazz," "Guns of Brixton," "The Right Profile," "Koka Kola" -- I just can't get into. They seem like the kind of songs that you noodle around with but eventually cut from the album because they just never coalesce into anything. I feel like London Calling would have made a fine single album with some aggressive culling, but much like The White Album (or The Wall), the double-album format let the band off the hook as far as quality control goes.

And yet, Clash fans here will tell me that this is a heresy -- that there's no bad song on the album and that I'm a philistine for not liking all of it. So what am I missing? What makes these songs as worthwhile as melodic, well-produced, well-sung stuff "Train" or "Rudie" or "Supermarket" or "Glory"?


Christ, I can't imagine what you thought about "Sandinista."
 
2018-02-07 12:32:27 PM  
I hope its  the "London Calling Clash" International Clash Day and not the "Cut The Crap Clash" International Clash Day.
 
2018-02-07 12:38:24 PM  

dereksmalls: I hope its  the "London Calling Clash" International Clash Day and not the "Cut The Crap Clash" International Clash Day.


I think you're confused. There's absolutely no Clash album by that name...
 
2018-02-07 12:48:39 PM  
I saw them three times in concert with the best being the first time I saw them at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago because being a kid I was at peak fandom.  I can't remember what year it was but I can remember that I told my parents I was going to be at a friend's sleepover so we could drive to Chicago and see the concert.  I guess that makes me the Ferris Bueller of punk rock.

Good times, good times.

I remember quite a few things about the experience very distinctly but I won't bore you with the details.
 
2018-02-07 02:04:16 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: dereksmalls: I hope its  the "London Calling Clash" International Clash Day and not the "Cut The Crap Clash" International Clash Day.

I think you're confused. There's absolutely no Clash album by that name...


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2018-02-07 02:08:22 PM  

dereksmalls: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: dereksmalls: I hope its  the "London Calling Clash" International Clash Day and not the "Cut The Crap Clash" International Clash Day.

I think you're confused. There's absolutely no Clash album by that name...

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Why would you a picture of a blank cassette case?
 
2018-02-07 02:25:53 PM  

cretinbob: We need them now more than ever

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/MT-LyKFv​lFc]


one o f my favorites!

i was at trader joes checkingg out once, the checker asks me, "wgat are you listening to?"  Washington Bullets was on,  i said "The Clash!"  she lit up, says she them in college in New York, "probably before you were born."  i then shot back:

Oh, mama, mama look there!
Your children are playing in the street again
Don't you know what happened down there?
A youth of 14 got shot down there
The cocaine guns of Jamdown town
The killing clowns, the blood money men
Are shooting those Washington bullets again


she was like "...........haaaaalllllllllright then...."
 
2018-02-07 02:27:28 PM  
The Clash - The Call Up
Youtube y6qjzW2Two8


prob my single favorite clash song.  probably.
 
2018-02-07 02:30:02 PM  
The Clash-Corner Soul
Youtube WCBYz83mZWU


you never need a gun says Tai Chi
Move on up to Dragon Snaps His Tail
Fall back on still waters
Hammer with his eye on the nail


God love ya, Joe
 
2018-02-07 02:40:42 PM  

Uzzah: Sgygus: csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog

I want to like The Clash. I do. And there's a good half of London Calling that I'm down with. But stuff like "Cadillac," "Jimmy Jazz," "Guns of Brixton," "The Right Profile," "Koka Kola" -- I just can't get into. They seem like the kind of songs that you noodle around with but eventually cut from the album because they just never coalesce into anything. I feel like London Calling would have made a fine single album with some aggressive culling, but much like The White Album (or The Wall), the double-album format let the band off the hook as far as quality control goes.

And yet, Clash fans here will tell me that this is a heresy -- that there's no bad song on the album and that I'm a philistine for not liking all of it. So what am I missing? What makes these songs as worthwhile as melodic, well-produced, well-sung stuff "Train" or "Rudie" or "Supermarket" or "Glory"?


The White Album and The Wall are classics, through and through, just like London Calling. And how do you even cull The Wall? All of the songs are important to the story.
 
2018-02-07 03:16:57 PM  
Rudi Can't Fail - The Clash
Youtube IOgo_clq8dM


My personal favorite Clash song. One thing I loved about London Calling is that it sounds like the band had an absolute blast making this record.
 
2018-02-07 03:24:31 PM  

Uzzah: Sgygus: csb: A friend asked me to make a mix-tape for a party.  The third song on the tape was Brand New Cadillac.  Half way through the song the host yelled out "turn that shi@t off!".

/our friendship dissolved like morning fog

I want to like The Clash. I do. And there's a good half of London Calling that I'm down with. But stuff like "Cadillac," "Jimmy Jazz," "Guns of Brixton," "The Right Profile," "Koka Kola" -- I just can't get into. They seem like the kind of songs that you noodle around with but eventually cut from the album because they just never coalesce into anything. I feel like London Calling would have made a fine single album with some aggressive culling, but much like The White Album (or The Wall), the double-album format let the band off the hook as far as quality control goes.

And yet, Clash fans here will tell me that this is a heresy -- that there's no bad song on the album and that I'm a philistine for not liking all of it. So what am I missing? What makes these songs as worthwhile as melodic, well-produced, well-sung stuff "Train" or "Rudie" or "Supermarket" or "Glory"?


You couldn't get into the Guns of Brixton? hmm. I'm an American, but I understood the references to Brixton, a poor black neighborhood frequently terrorized by police that eventually erupted into Riots. This injustice is a big part of British popular culture and is also mentioned in other songs, like the Jams "Sounds of the Street" or Eddie Grant's "Electric Avenue".

Basically, what you are admitting to is that you don't understand British history of the Thatcher era and songs critiquing social injustices of the time are totally lost on you.
 
2018-02-07 04:06:52 PM  
I liked this one because it was one of their different ones, and in these times it really sounds like Trump:
The Clash - Red Angel Dragnet
Youtube dfaDArVGV14
 
2018-02-07 04:09:55 PM  
The Clash - White Riot (Live)
Youtube zoJYM3krDWQ
 
2018-02-07 04:15:25 PM  
This is the very first Clash song I heard as a wee lad:
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go (Official Video)
Youtube xMaE6toi4mk
 
2018-02-07 04:32:52 PM  
I didn't even realize it was International Clash Day when I was listening to them this morning.

//The Only Band That Matters
 
2018-02-07 04:34:16 PM  
the clash-straight to hell
Youtube bkyCrx4DyMk


Wessoman: My personal favorite Clash song. One thing I loved about London Calling is that it sounds like the band had an absolute blast making this record.


joe, on recording this song:

It was New Year's Eve, the day after we had recorded the backing track, I'd written the lyric staying up all night at the Iroquois. I went down Electric Lady and I just put the vocal down on tape, we finished up at
about twenty to midnight. We took the E train from the village up to Times Square, because the Iroquois was off Times Square. I'll never forget coming out of the Times Square subway exit, just before midnight, into a hundred billion people, and I knew we had just done something great.
 
2018-02-07 04:57:33 PM  
The Clash-The Sound of Sinners
Youtube y8PBKhqRUrc
 
2018-02-07 06:13:54 PM  

Wessoman: You couldn't get into the Guns of Brixton? hmm. I'm an American, but I understood the references to Brixton, a poor black neighborhood frequently terrorized by police that eventually erupted into Riots. This injustice is a big part of British popular culture and is also mentioned in other songs, like the Jams "Sounds of the Street" or Eddie Grant's "Electric Avenue".

Basically, what you are admitting to is that you don't understand British history of the Thatcher era and songs critiquing social injustices of the time are totally lost on you.


I'm not saying that at all. I understand what the song is about, I just don't understand why it's regarded as a good song. I don't think "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a very good song either, but that doesn't mean I don't understand the events or circumstances that led to the Bogside Massacre.

"Brixton" is atonally and lazily-sung. For a song that is supposed to be sharp and threatening, it lacks any vocal energy. It's like listening to a stoner babble on about all the cool shiat he's going to do when he finally gets around to getting off the couch. And there's nothing musically interesting happening, with the possible exception of the fleeting feeling of "oh,there's a jew's harp going 'boing'. How incongruous." The beat is plodding and feels imprecise, the instrumental breaks sound like Strummer is still checking his tuning and warming up his fingers with a few chords. It's just unpleasant to listen to. It is a bad song about a serious social problem, but that doesn't make it any less a bad song.
 
2018-02-07 08:35:18 PM  

Uzzah: the instrumental breaks sound like Strummer is still checking his tuning and warming up his fingers with a few chords


Punk rock.
 
2018-02-07 08:35:22 PM  
Hollywood Paladium 1979.
The Clash.
I went with my future wife and another couple. 
Simultaneously the worst and best show I've ever seen.
39 years later and I still wonder wtf.
What a glorious train wreck, sure glad I lived through it.
"Gates of the West", my god what a bomb.
The Clash - Gates of the West [Single]
Youtube gdkuYVsJ7nM
 
2018-02-07 08:51:14 PM  
And then there was the time the drug addled commune folks living in the cemetery up the canyon stole my turntable with Give em Enough Rope on the platter.....
But that's a long story to tell it well.

Still have the album sleeve though.
 
2018-02-07 10:38:55 PM  

Strummer: Hollywood Paladium 1979.
The Clash.
I went with my future wife and another couple. 
Simultaneously the worst and best show I've ever seen.
39 years later and I still wonder wtf.
What a glorious train wreck, sure glad I lived through it.
"Gates of the West", my god what a bomb.
[YouTube video: The Clash - Gates of the West [Single]]


I was at one of those shows. They were terrible, and strummer got hit in the gob by about twenty thrown shoes throughout the gig. The English Beat blew them off the stage. I met Rankin Roger in the lobby as I was leaving and let him know that. That was the worst I've ever seen the clash out of about 12 shows...
Stiff Little Fingers on their first tour destroyed anything the clash did.
 
2018-02-07 10:47:55 PM  

Uzzah: Wessoman: You couldn't get into the Guns of Brixton? hmm. I'm an American, but I understood the references to Brixton, a poor black neighborhood frequently terrorized by police that eventually erupted into Riots. This injustice is a big part of British popular culture and is also mentioned in other songs, like the Jams "Sounds of the Street" or Eddie Grant's "Electric Avenue".

Basically, what you are admitting to is that you don't understand British history of the Thatcher era and songs critiquing social injustices of the time are totally lost on you.

I'm not saying that at all. I understand what the song is about, I just don't understand why it's regarded as a good song. I don't think "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a very good song either, but that doesn't mean I don't understand the events or circumstances that led to the Bogside Massacre.

"Brixton" is atonally and lazily-sung. For a song that is supposed to be sharp and threatening, it lacks any vocal energy. It's like listening to a stoner babble on about all the cool shiat he's going to do when he finally gets around to getting off the couch. And there's nothing musically interesting happening, with the possible exception of the fleeting feeling of "oh,there's a jew's harp going 'boing'. How incongruous." The beat is plodding and feels imprecise, the instrumental breaks sound like Strummer is still checking his tuning and warming up his fingers with a few chords. It's just unpleasant to listen to. It is a bad song about a serious social problem, but that doesn't make it any less a bad song.


Brixton was the Rasta neighborhood of London, and the Brixton riot of1977 is on the cover of "Black Market Clash".  The song is supposed to be about police brutality against Rastas and Paul Simonon is "singing" it like a Rasta.
 
2018-02-09 12:39:59 AM  
London Calling is as close to a perfect album you're going to get and I love Joe's voice (Mick's as well). I'm off to listen to that album one more time.
 
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