Sometimes you wake up and you have a song in your head well rudie can’t fail is in my head today! I think its down to joe saying sing michael sing! Well Mick was singing again in liverpool with Big Audio Dynamite last night and i for one cant wait to see them, if you’ve never seen Mick perform live nows your chance! Dont miss it! Mick and joe were the voice of my generation!
Anti Fascist Pro- Creative See Y’ In There
Ok i think this is the one that is going to cause gasps of horror! but when Journeys to glory was released it was looked upon as ” fresh, bold, and even somewhat avant-garde”
It was 1981 punk was dead as a doornail and as then as now The Nme were hyping this band a particular band then it was spandau ballet! well anyway the first single from the album was to cut a long story short a single which even today sounds great to these old ears of mine. The album has dated badly to me ,im just playing it again now but i love this single
The other 2 tracks on the album which still sound great are the other singles musclebound and the freeze,
Spandau ballet eventually wrote true which is aan abomimation to music, but once at the start of their career they were cutting edge!
in fact Gary kemp recorded with mick jones out of the clash about 3 years ago and very good it is too. called the meaning of life track it down!
He who is without sin cast the first stone please!
I loved generation x there ive said it, not keen on billy idol or his solo work but Generation x were a fantastic band,they had the look and even tho it was a bit more pop with attitude than punk like the pistols or clash they had the tunes too!
They were the first band to play the Roxy club in 1976!
first single your generation was a classic single.
followed by a string of classic singles
ready steady go
valley of the dolls
dancing with myself
The first album is yet another classic debut album everyone should have it don’t be put off by billy!
Kiss me deadly is a stand out track on the album.
The 2nd album produced by Mott the Hoople leader Ian hunter was released to cries that they had sold out but I loved it,it was around this time that i saw the band at Bradford uni, fantastic live i really loved them.
but poor sales brought along musical differences and soon only billy idol and tony james were left, they brought in ex clash drummer tory crimes(terry chimes) and james Stevenson on guitar changed their name to Gen x and released an album called Kiss me deadly, which to me is another fantastic album!
It was around this time I caught the band live again but this time in a pub in Bradford in front of maybe 20 people! Billy did not look happy at all,everyone thought that’s that for them but billy went to la became a cartoon punk and had loads of hits! Met tony james a lot of times as he now plays guitar in the band he formed with Mick jones, a lovely guy, we used to serenade him with the chorus of king rocker when we went to see carbon silicon!
If you’ve not heard the albums check them out!
Generation X another great band from the past.
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!
1. “London Calling”
2. “Brand New Cadillac”
3. “Jimmy Jazz”
5. “Rudie Can’t Fail”
6. “Spanish Bombs”
7. “The Right Profile”
8. “Lost in the Supermarket”
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!