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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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2 Responses to “The Clash “Give ’em Enough Rope””


  1. December 14, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    was this that little 10″ record? I have some 10″ record by them that I never much liked either. Too much bad fake reggae on it. Too much for a white Toledo, Ohio kid to cope with in 1980 or whenever it was. I always thought the Sex Pistols were way funnier, and thus better.

  2. December 19, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    No, this was a regular LP. The production is really dense, it’s pretty powerful. It’s their most ROCK album. Now that you mention it, I do kind of remember a 10″– I’m not sure what that was. I could look on the big bad web for it, but screw that. I’m going let my memory say foggy.


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