Tag: Clash

Tuesday 1/18/22 1am ET: Feature LP: The Clash – London Calling (1980)

London Calling is the third studio album by English rock band the Clash. It was originally released as a double album in the United Kingdom on December 14, 1979 by CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records.

The Clash recorded the album with producer Guy Stevens at Wessex Sound Studios in London during August, September and November 1979, following a change in management and a period of writer’s block for songwriters Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. Bridging a traditional punk rock sound and a new wave aesthetic, London Calling reflects the band’s growing interest in styles beyond their punk roots, including reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock. Themes include social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood.

The album was a top ten chart success in the UK, and its lead single “London Calling” was a top 20 single. The album has sold over five million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States for sales of one million. It was also met with widespread critical acclaim and has retrospectively been named one of the greatest albums of all time. On Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, London Calling ranked eighth in the 2003 and 2012 editions, and sixteenth in the 2020 edition.

  1. “London Calling” 3:19
  2. “Brand New Cadillac” 2:09
  3. “Jimmy Jazz” 3:52
  4. “Hateful” 2:45
  5. “Rudie Can’t Fail” 3:26
  6. “Spanish Bombs” 3:19
  7. “The Right Profile” 3:56
  8. “Lost in the Supermarket” 3:47
  9. “Clampdown” 3:49
  10. “The Guns of Brixton” 3:07
  11. “Wrong ‘Em Boyo” 3:10
  12. “Death or Glory” 3:55
  13. “Koka Kola” 1:46
  14. “The Card Cheat” 3:51
  15. “Lover’s Rock” 4:01
  16. “Four Horsemen” 2:56
  17. “I’m Not Down” 3:00
  18. “Revolution Rock” 5:37
  19. “Train in Vain” 3:09

Joe Strummer – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Mick Jones – lead guitar, piano, harmonica, backing and lead vocals
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “The Guns of Brixton”
Topper Headon – drums, percussion
Mickey Gallagher – organ
Ray Bevis – tenor saxophone
John Earle – tenor and baritone saxophone
Chris Gower – trombone
Dick Hanson – trumpet, flugelhorn

Monday 5/10/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Clash – Combat Rock (1982)

Combat Rock is the fifth studio album by the English rock band the Clash. It was released on May 14, 1982 through CBS Records. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number 2, spending 23 weeks in the UK charts and peaked at number 7 in the United States, spending 61 weeks on the chart.

Combat Rock is the group’s best-selling album, being certified double platinum in the United States. It contains two of the Clash’s most popular songs, the singles “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go”. Combat Rock is the last Clash album featuring the classic lineup.

  1. “Know Your Rights” 3:39
  2. “Car Jamming” 3:58
  3. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” 3:09
  4. “Rock the Casbah” 3:42
  5. “Red Angel Dragnet” 3:48
  6. “Straight to Hell” 5:30
  7. “Overpowered by Funk” 4:55
  8. “Atom Tan” 2:32
  9. “Sean Flynn” 4:30
  10. “Ghetto Defendant” 4:45
  11. “Inoculated City” 2:43
  12. “Death Is a Star” 3:13

Joe Strummer – lead and backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Mick Jones – guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboard, sound effects
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Red Angel Dragnet”
Topper Headon – drums, piano and bass guitar on “Rock the Casbah”
Allen Ginsberg – guest vocals on “Ghetto Defendant”
Futura 2000 – guest vocals on “Overpowered by Funk”
Ellen Foley – backing vocals on “Car Jamming”
Joe Ely – backing vocals on “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Tymon Dogg – piano on “Death Is a Star”
Tommy Mandel (as Poly Mandell) – keyboards on “Overpowered by Funk”
Gary Barnacle – saxophone on “Sean Flynn”
Kosmo Vinyl – vocals on “Red Angel Dragnet”

Tuesday 8/25/2020 4pm ET: Feature Artist – The Clash

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. They also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky “Topper” Headon. Headon left the group in 1982 and internal friction led to Jones’ departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, earned them popularity in the United States when it was released there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone. In 1982, they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah”, helping the album to achieve a 2× Platinum certification there. A final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

In January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

 

Artist Countdown: The Clash Top 20 Hits 8pm ET

clash-colourThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, dub, funk, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1982 they reached new heights of success with the release of Combat Rock, which spawned the US top 10 hit “Rock the Casbah“, helping the album to achieve a 2x Platinum certification there. Their final album, Cut the Crap, was released in 1985.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters“, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Clash number 28 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Rock the Casbah
2 Should I Stay or Should I Go
3 This Is Radio Clash
4 London Calling
5 This Is England
6 Train in Vain
7 Bankrobber
8 I Fought the Law
9 The Magnificent Seven
10 The Call Up
11 English Civil War
12 Hitsville U.K.
13 Tommy Gun
14 Complete Control
15 (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
16 Clash City Rockers
17 White Riot
18 Know Your Rights
19 Groovy Times
20 Remote Control