Discussion in 'Punk Rock/Garage Rock/Indie Rock' started by LG, Dec 19, 2009.
Cool cut from LONDON CALLING
Rudie Can't Fail
The Clash! That's another band I'm almost ashamed to admit I haven't listened to a lot in awhile ... yet I would still put them fairly near the top of my long list of favorite bands.
I remember reading about them when they were first active but didn't actually hear any of their music until a guy I knew at the time came over with a copy of London Calling (vinyl of course). First we listened to Train In Vain then I think some other songs too but not the entire album (and the vinyl was a two record set) - he'd brought over a stack of records!
When I got my own copy of London Calling I noticed something funny with Train In Vain ... on an automatic turntable if you try to bring the needle arm over far enough to try to listen to only that track ... it's just far enough over that the arm lifts right back up, goes back to its resting place and the turntable/record player shuts off! Too funny! That was my experience at least. So I either had to listen to the entire side of the record or a song or two before it.
More on London Calling ... always loved the music. Initially I was a bit put off by the vocals ... not sure whether it was Mick Jones or Joe Strummer or both ... but they grew on me lol!
I have a fair number of Clash albums on vinyl (plus Black Market Clash which looks like a 10" EP yet has 9 tracks on it and a 12" single of This Is Radio Clash) ... and cassette ... and CD ... and a box set (more CD's) called Clash On Broadway. Yet I hardly think I have everything Clash! Oh yeah and a DVD too ... and Rude Boy on a VHS tape which I recorded off the Independent Film Channel, I think.
Rude Boy ... the "plot" is ... whatever ... but it's a very good film for watching some Clash live performance video. I was fortunate to see it in a movie theatre (a wonderful old movie palace/art house in Milwaukee) on a nice big screen around the time the film was first released.
I don't know why but I've always enjoyed this song from Give 'Em Enough Rope:
Then Mick Jones had Big Audio Dynamite ... I think their stuff is interesting. I like No. 10 Upping St. - the original version on cassette at least.
I have three Joe Strummer CD's and like those too. When I still had cable I saw Joe Strummer acting in an interesting film - probably another goody from IFC Channel - called Mystery Train.
Yeah, you know I listen to the Clash much more today, where as back in the day very little. But I've always been intriqued by them, whether it would be a television spot, or the cover shot for CREEM magazine. Something always drew me to them...at a time when I owned 0 albums by the band, but would still crank Train In Vain when it came on the radio.
The Clash, ‘Sound System’ – Album Review
The Clash‘s official studio output makes up more than half of the 12-disc box set ‘Sound System,’ which could be the most definitive document on the legendary punk band. Their five great albums are here; ‘Cut the Crap,’ the 1985 LP they made without guitarist Mick Jones, is not. You really don’t need anything else.
‘Sound System’ — in addition to including remastered versions of those core albums in their original configurations (‘London Calling’ is a double CD, ‘Sandinista!’ is back to three) — gathers a bunch of live cuts, demos, a DVD, non-album singles, B-sides and rarities from the vaults. It’s the most complete audio history of the band ever compiled (and this is a band that has been compiled to death over the past quarter century).
The dozen or so previously unreleased tracks used as bait for fans who might be wary of plopping down more than $100 for music they mostly already own range from so-so live cuts and sketchy demos to remixes found on 12-inch singles the Clash released in the early ’80s. The outtakes — like the groove-heavy ‘The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too’ — are better, but not essential.
But that original run of albums — from 1977′s self-titled blast (in its U.K. version) to 1982′s ‘Combat Rock,’ the last album to feature the band’s creative center of Jones and Joe Strummer — is essential, as are a handful of the various B-sides and leftovers that have surfaced over the years.
They’re the reason ‘Sound System’ feels so substantial. With albums like ‘The Clash,’ ‘London Calling’ and ‘Sandinista!’ as anchors, everything around them — the 1976 demo for ‘Career Opportunities’ from their second recording session, Bob Clearmountain’s extended remix of ‘Rock the Casbah’ — gain magnitude. You may not go back to the three CDs of extras all that much, even though some of the band’s great early non-LP singles are here, but you’ll be glad they’re available. And you’ll be thankful that a band like the Clash once existed.
On occasion of the 35 years London Calling anniversary a week ago and the death of Joe Strummer 12 years ago I'm listening to quite a bit of The Clash today.
The Clash and Combat Rock are brilliant albums.
Give Em Enough Rope is great.
I have not really gotten into Sandinista! (yet).
And no matter what kind of mood I'm in, London Calling (with my favourite Clash song Jimmy Jazz) makes it on any "Top10 albums of all time" list I can think of.
From the town over (from me); Brixton...
I'm just listening to their stunning first album on vinyl What an album. Everything went down hill after this apart from London calling which is super but not punk It's good power pop
Punk didn't last long and there very few actual punk bands
I rate the clashes first album alongside the UK subs first two and not far behind the pistols only proper album
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