The Clash-London Calling.

And so it was on the 14th of December 1979 i bought the album i have been playing incesantly for the last 32 years the album that i know every word to the album that i still play at least once a week , yes its London Calling by the Clash!

I remember buying this album like it was yesterday and being suprised that it was a double as far as i remember in those days double albums were just for Prog rock groups and such like and here were the clash with a double album out with the sticker on it saying pay no more than £5.

On opening it ,it had all the lyrics inside which i always loved as then you could actually make out what joe was singing sometimes, he was a great ad liber live!

Tracklist:

1. “London Calling”
2. “Brand New Cadillac”
3. “Jimmy Jazz”
4. “Hateful”
5. “Rudie Can’t Fail”
6. “Spanish Bombs”
7. “The Right Profile”
8. “Lost in the Supermarket”
9. “Clampdown”
10. “The Guns of Brixton”
11. “Wrong ‘em Boyo”
12. “Death or Glory”
13. “Koka Kola”
14. “The Card Cheat”
15. “Lover’s Rock”
16. “Four Horsemen”
17. “I’m Not Down”
18. “Revolution Rock”
19. “Train in Vain

Is there even one piece of filler on this album? i think not every track is a winner

drinking brew for breakfast we have all done that im sure!

this is the clash at their peak the song the lyrics the music! im sure nearly everyone has this album but im just listening to it agian now ,it brings tears to my eyes such great memories we had no money but we went out every night to gigs clubs etc etc where did it all go?

The album was not punk but a fantastic rock record to the press the clash had sold out but to me this was just rock n roll heaven and still is!

even now its not dated one bit, it still sounds fresh i used to play this album at 8pm every sat  night in any kitchen that i was working in as it helped me concentrate when i was busy and i could sing along to it!

This is my #1 album of all time nothing will beat it now its just a slice of perfection!

I saw the Clash tour this album and stood at the side of the stage , micks side actually  at bradford im honoured to of done that!

Give it a listen revisit it or buy it for the first time but you must have this album!

london calling in 8 minutes!

And dont forget he who fucks nuns will later join the church!

PS- the reason i dont still play this album at 8pm every sat night is that i now work in an open kitchen!


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4 Comments on “The Clash-London Calling.”

  1. #IggyCurtis says:

    I reviewed this album when a senior in high school for my school newspaper in California. A budy of mine (Guy Kyser of Thin White Rope) had showed an aptitude for guitar, so the year before when he graduated, had given him Give em Enough Rope (not having heard of it, but thinking he might like it). We had just gotten into the Pistols when we heard that, so we loved the sound immediately, and although as Americans we couldn’t understand much of what Joe was singing on the songs that were the loudest, could tell it was more politically sophisticated than the Pistols’ fuck-and-destroy-everything-and-offend-everyone approach. So against the background of that sound, I felt London Calling was a bit too polished up. On the otherhand, the songs were great, and I hoped (seems insane now) that somehow it would break the Clash in the U.S. in a really big way. A couple songs did get a lot of play on some stations eventually, but rarely the really political ones, such as my favorites, Clampdown, Spanish Bombs and Guns of Brixton (which I played on the radio when I was university). However, it did get played a lot on college radio here and for years I had it on a home made cassette that was in the car at all times and got played regularly.

    But you’re right, about the songs holding up. About 6 months ago I got a copy on cd and as my lps having been in boxes for about 10 years had the opportunity to listen and re-listen to the album again. All the songs are great, many sounding better now that so much time has passed from when I wore punk blinders. Arguably there best album, though perhaps not as influential as their first two, which had such an impact on the development of punk. Interestingly, this album provided much of the meat of the one show I saw them do in 1982, despite the relative popularity of Combat Rock.

  2. This is a lovely review, and accompanied by some nicely chosen videos too. Thank you for posting it.

    Admittedly some of us (you and me included) don’t need reminding that this album is one of rock’n’roll’s finer moments but it does no harm for us to keep telling everyone else too.

    Keep up the great work!

    JS


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