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#91 The Clash – The Clash (1977)


Track Listing:-

  1. Janie Jones
  2. Remote Control
  3. I’m So Bored of the U.S.A.
  4. White Riot
  5. Hate & War
  6. What’s My Name
  7. Deny
  8. London’s Burning
  9. Career Opportunities
  10. Cheat
  11. Protex Blue
  12. Police & Thieves
  13. 48 Hours
  14. Garageland

It was 1998, I was walking around the flea market in Chesterfield listening to Manic Street Preachers finally getting into music after years of oblivion.

A wizened old lady beckoned me over and at the front her stall was a bruised and battered cassette copy of this album.

I picked it up and purchased it not knowing what treasures lay on the tape. I put it in my old 2nd hand walkman and listened.

‘Janie Jones’ hit me like a sledgehammer, the protagonist from ‘High Fidelity’ is right when he rates the opener one of his top 5 opening tracks of all time. I never looked back.

I adore this album, it is definitely everybody’s second favourite Clash album after ‘London Calling’ which of course comes along a lot later in this list.

Looking at this album objectively though I soon realise that there is quite a bit of filler on it such ‘Remote Control’ and ‘I’m So Bored of the USA’ of which I was pretty bored of myself especially as the song is at least a minute longer than it should be.

The record definitely would’ve been better if it included some great non-album tracks that were around that time from the band such as ‘Complete Control’, ‘(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais’, ‘Clash City Rockers’ and ‘1977’ which are all incredible.

But this album has a lot of highlights such as ‘What’s My Name’ of which the live version on the ‘Here to Eternity’ album.

There’s also ‘London’s Burning’, ‘Career Opportunities’ and ‘Garageland’ which really represent what The Clash are all about.

An interesting track is their cover of the reggae song ‘Police and Thieves’ which hints at their eclectic music tastes which they demonstrate on their most famous album to which I made reference to earlier. It is also by far the longest song on the album driven by an unforgettable reggae groove.

If anyone ever cane to me and wanted to listen to an album from the days that punk was first introduced to the world I wouldn’t suggest the Sex Pistols like a lot of people would. I would tell them to go and listen to this.

So if you are a fan of any kind of punk at all and are not aware of this record, I strongly recommend that you give this a go, I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.