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13
Dec
06

The Clash “Give ’em Enough Rope”

This came out in 1978, before the US version of their first album, but this one REALLY sounds like it’s all over. There’s a real world-weariness to it. But it’s also, strangely, the BEST Clash album. Anyway, the title no doubt refers to them, already aware of their mortality as a band, accelerated due to all of the attention and accolades and proclamations of “best band in the world” and all that. The “enough rope” is drugs, cuteness, and permission to turn into a reggae band.

Anyway, I really loved this record, and it still has a nostalgic appeal because I used to start out weekends popping open the first beer along with the beginning of “Safe European Home.” You put this record on and before you can take a breath it’s over. Not bad.

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13
Dec
06

The Clash

I haven’t been able to listen to The Clash in like 20 years, and at ONE TIME they were just about my favorite band! So this is interesting, listening to these records, trying to figure out what happened. I have TWO COPIES of their first LP, why? Oh, one is an English import, it came out in 1977, while the US version didn’t come out until ’79. The covers are almost identical, but the song order is completely different, and there are several songs unique to each record—these are some of the best songs on either record, too: “Deny”, “Cheat”, “Protex Blue”, “Clash City Rockers”, “Complete Control”, “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”, “Jail Guitar Doors”, and “I Fought the Law”. That explains why I have both records.

Otherwise, among the best songs here is “Hate & War.” Among the worst (which I STILL can’t listen to) “Police & Thieves.”

In a way, this record (either of them) seems like the end of The Clash’s career, at least if you’re thinking about The Clash as a really good punk band from England. This is it.




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