The Clash - London Calling - US influenced LP still inspires 40 years on.

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  1. rze99

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    Good article. I remember buying the LP and being initially perplexed at the variety of styles and dismissive of their cod reggae, but playing the title track over and over.

    I still think there are only a handful of good songs on there (shoot me down), but London Calling the title track can STILL give me the goosebumps.

    Apparently they had writers block until qa tour of US and that released the dam.

    Billy Bragg: "For me they were the last great 'music can change the world' band and London Calling was their zenith."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49892621
     
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    You got ripped off. There are supposed to be 2 LPs in there.
     
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    IMHO it’s all killer, no filler.

    I’ll never forget my first taste of that album. A friend who was always leading me to the good new stuff sat me down in his car (back when car stereos were the shiz) and cued up Clampdown. I was off to the record store ASAP.
     
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    im going to a concert that a band is playing the entire london calling album...opening act will be playing 2 tone covers
     
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    Such an amazing album and such an amazing time.

    Saw Strummer at Redland's in New York in the late 90's. He started off a set of Clash tunes with London Calling. When he started chugging that first chord, it was like an electric shock went thru us all.

    Also discovered Manny's on that trip. Good times !
     
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    It is a true desert island disc, one of the top 10 records of all time. Not a single weak song on it. That album elevated “punk” music to a whole new level of musicality and intelligence. After LC, there would be no way you could lump The Clash in with the Ramones or Sex Pistols. That album broke through all the previous limitations and stereotypes of the genre. Yes, London Calling and Clampdown are great songs. But also listen to Lost in the Supermarket and the rest. Brilliant.
     
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    The Clash were great. I thought "Supermarket" was a whimsical take on material aspirations.
    What did I know?
     
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    I guess I’m a cro mag , I much prefer The Clash and Give ‘em enough rope.

    Glad they got recognized and all.
     
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    Love this album. I have heard The Clash brought up as an example of a significant historical band that could never make it in the modern music biz.

    I couldn’t disagree more. This album is proof. It could be released today and be as important as it was then.
     
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    I love those albums too. And though it’s probably my 3rd or 4th favorite album personally, I also think Combat Rock is perfect and a genius musical achievement.
     
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    It was their last great album.

    Combat Rock and Sandinista sucked badly.
     
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    subjective

    .sandinista has some great tunes on it (subjective again)

    magnificent 7

    hitsville uk

    the leader

    the call up

    somebody got murdered

    police on my back

    charlie dont surf

    a single album most likely wouldve been looked at differently...ill take the 3 album version

    combat rock was good too...music and bands evolve...the clash evolved

    you didnt like them...i do
     
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    That's what's great about a public forum.

    I can say that something totally sucked, you can say that it was a beautiful work of art; and we're both right.
     
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    I love Combat Rock, it was the first album of theirs I got. I also like Sandinista, even the filler tracks are enjoyable.

    I like all their albums, even Cut the Crap, although I'm not as crazy about all the filler tracks on there.
     
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    I was a huge fan in the late 70s. I liked Sandanista, London Calling, Give 'em Enough Rope, and Black Market Clash, in that order. Don't listen to them much these days....
     
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    never could get into the clash.don't know why since i liked so many other bands of that era.
     
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    The opening chugging riff on that album was a call to arms for me, echoing through my headphones into my stupid little brain. I think I had the Train In Vain single initially as that's what I heard on the radio.

    Years later I still remember waltzing into the head shop & hearing Combat Rocks Car Jamming playing overhead. It immediately put a smile on my face. I could do without the "hits" on that one though.
     
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    One of the best albums ever in the history of music.
    Also the last true rock band to walk the earth.
    Santinista and Combat Rock are also masterpieces.
     
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    I'm an oddball, I like "Train In Vain" off that album>
     
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    This is probably old news but I just love it, fair brings a tear to my eye :)
     
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