Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Clash – London Calling


246 – The Clash – London Calling (1979)
Written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
Produced by Guy Stevens
Label – CBS

The point at which The Clash graduated beyond their provincial entrapment and became the worldwide prospect they would never admit to. There are no apologies to the punk movement they had left behind; and the fully fledged assault on America was within their line of sight. At this time they were like a band of brothers, still smarting from the criticism of their previous record, “Give ’em Enough Rope”. The “Last Gang In Town” surviving through an apocalyptical landscape with passionate solidarity, guts and trust in each others commitment to the cause. Glorious.

6 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Clash – London Calling

    • Who’d have thought it? Maybe the title was a response to promoters in Ontario requesting a show. Joe kept that one quiet

  1. This track helped me through the wall to an appreciation of serious music. No messing,hard, working class,factory rock and roll, no compromise no frills but certainly brilliant.
    I loved the Clash. Beatlesque in their diversity, which lifted them aloft the punk pack, this song saw them,as you rightly say,Hackskeptic, bound for America.
    It’s hard work listening to London Calling if you do it right because the band ask you to give as much listening to it as they gave making it.
    And it ain’t easy being this intense – look how consistently the Manics have tried and failed.

    Good call Hackskeptic it’s a ten from Len.

    • Great words Kenny. Words that are difficult for me to convey without being a little dewy eyed. I love the point you make about the album being a commitment because the band toiled hard to make it the perfect document it is. I think the reason it has stood the test of time is wholly because it’s so courageous. How many bands have released a double album (at a knock down price) with rock, rockabilly, ska, disco, reggae, punk, r&b and pop?

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