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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1 Response to “The Clash”


  1. December 14, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    I could never really get into the Clash that much, except for maybe their London Calling album. Probably because I was already too ‘post-punk’ by the time I heard them, they already sounded really dated and kinda dumb. London Calling had some good novelty songs on it though. “Clash City Rockers” is ok too.


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