The Clash “Sandinista!”

1980 feels like the end of the world to me, and this feels like a post-Clash album. A lot of it is nearly unlistenable, sloppy noodling, but I would never get rid of this record, and every so often I listen to it all the way through, all six sides! My favorite way to think about it is: my friend Elissa said she thought there should be a tribute band called Sandinista! who just play the songs on this record. I imagine them playing it in order, maybe taking a break after every 12 songs, playing a regular night somewhere, doing the same songs in the same order week after week. I’d go every week! I’m sure a lot of other people would, too.

The song “Lose This Skin” struck me in an odd way—I think I heard it recently somewhere but I’m not sure where, like in a movie soundtrack. But I don’t know where. A few other really good songs: “The Leader,” “Kingston Advice,” and “The Street Parade.”


1 Response to “The Clash “Sandinista!””

  1. January 9, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    I feel like I ought to say something about this record, but I don’t know what. It just seemed too disco-y to me at the time somehow, even though really I guess it’s pretty reggae-ish moreso than discoish, but what did I know in 1980. I never liked it though for some reason. But as I’ve already mentioned, I was never that big of a Clash fan anyway. My friend at the time, Craig, liked it a lot though, I think because it *was* so outrageously ambitious and sprawling. I dunno.

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