The Clash – London Calling (For Fans of The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Cock Sparrer)

If you were to mention The Clash to anyone, the iconic album cover of London Calling, with Simonon smashing his guitar into the stage is the first thing to come into mind for most.  Even though the cover was originally a tribute to Elvis Presley, it has definitely passed it in terms of recognizability.

London Calling is actually the third studio album released by The Clash, and if you are a fan of punk at all, you ought to have this album.  The songs range in style a bit more than the punk influenced previous released Self Titled and Give Em Enough Rope, with them exploring rockabilly on “Brand New Cadillac” (a cover of Vince Taylor’s song), lounge style “Jimmy Jazz”, and plenty of ska/reggae to go around with songs like “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “Revolution Rock”.

The Clash remain political throughout the album, praising the fight against fascism in Spain in “Spanish Bombs”, attacking the advertising world in “Koka Kola”, and struggling with commercialism in “Lost In The Supermarket”.

Every punk band around these days were somehow influenced (directly or indirectly) by The Clash at some point.  While London Calling is more mellow than other punk of the late 70s, it’s still an album that needs to be in everyone’s collection.

Mp3:
The Clash – Spanish Bombs

Housewives Calling:
Cock Sparrer Live In Philly
The Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
Sham 69
Anti-Pasti

Buy:
Amazon – The Clash London Calling

One comment

  1. Matt Bokovoy says:

    Although it was nice that the Clash incorporated elements of reggae, ska, and British dub music into their music, London Calling was kind of the end of The Clash, since that first album was super-influential on bands in the late 70s, especially heard in So Cal punk. It paved the way for “Combat Rock,” which was played at school dances along with Bon Jovi, Springsteen, among others.

    Most bands only put out three really good albums. For the Clash, it was one!

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