London Calling . . .

by neilwheel   December 14, 2009  

Music lovers take note :

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of 'London Calling' by The Clash, a milestone in rock music.

Play It Loud!

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I remember it coming out.

Its a fabulous album with not a duff track to be found, so diverse.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
14th December 2009 - 19:14

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Me too. Still got it at home on vinyl somewhere…

I thought there were a couple of duff tracks though. One side didn't get much of an airing the one with the Card Cheat on it. Think it was called that anyway.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
14th December 2009 - 20:05

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that'll be side three tony, and its great..got Koka Kola on it "goooing up"

some reason i have two copies..

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
14th December 2009 - 21:31

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tony_farrelly wrote:
One side didn't get much of an airing the one with the Card Cheat on it. Think it was called that anyway.

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Ok, so of the four tracks on side 3, Koka Kola's never been my favourite Clash song, but the other three, Wrong 'Em Boyo, Death or Glory and The Card Cheat are all classics. IMHO, of course, but still not tired of listening to them after 30 years...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8027 posts]
14th December 2009 - 22:32

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Excellent pic! B)

"Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints".

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posted by LondonCalling [146 posts]
15th December 2009 - 12:46

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Wonderful album, saw them not long after the release at the Assembly Rooms in Derby.

Never got it on vinyl for some reason but have the CD.

If you track down that vinyl copy Tony and you want to sell I would be interested - still listen to a lot of vinyl....

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posted by Blackhound [444 posts]
16th December 2009 - 21:03

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I remember seing them at the Fridge in Brixton in the eighties. Not a great time for a lone skinhead on the Railton Rd!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
16th December 2009 - 21:34

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I'll have a dig around Blackhound - should still be in my loft, got a mighty crate of vinyl up there and I don't play London Calling often. Though it might be sacrilege to say it here I thought it would have made a really great single album… possibly they'd stretched themselves a bit thin over two discs… mind you, it was a big return to form after their second album… got that on vinyl too, and the first one, stopped after London Calling though.

For me none of their albums match up to the single White Man in Hammersmith Palais (not selling that btw) a real slice of the sense of danger that accompanied a night out in London in the late 70s particularly the sudden realisation that you were somewhere where your face didn't fit and that if you didn't get out pronto various other vital parts of your body were going to stop fitting too.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
16th December 2009 - 22:50

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Guns of Brixton and Clash City Rockers will always be my favourite tracks of the Clash.

Tube Station at Midnight by The Jam always summed up the feeling of the time, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time for me.

I found myself similar situations quite often back in those days - I remember a major shoeing by a crew of Millwall skinheads who got on my bus, I was the only local skinhead on there! I did alright considering, but me against about 40 was tough going!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
17th December 2009 - 10:23

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Down in the Tube Station was my favourite too… had quite a few close encounters down there

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
17th December 2009 - 10:53

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Great album - one of my all time favourites - I have it on vinyl and CD. When I saw the Clash in Edinburgh in the early 80s, I got to the mosh pit and then when they reached the end of their set Joe Strummer leaned forward and asked, "What do you want us to play?"

I shouted out, "Guns of Brixton," and you can guess what they played.

I play the song to my kids and we sing along and do the actions. They're Brixton born and bred.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2192 posts]
17th December 2009 - 13:11

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I play the song to my kids and we sing along and do the actions. They're Brixton born and bred.

That immediately made me think of Mickey Gallagher's daughter doing a version of Guns of Brixton on Sandanista Smile

Talking of Guns of Brixton, I can still remember the disappointment I felt the first time I ever heard that bass intro on the Radio 1 breakfast show back in the day, big grin on my face as I prepared to sing along, and it turned out to be Dub Be Good To Me.

Still catches me out.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8027 posts]
17th December 2009 - 14:10

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Spotify has been serving me up some gems this morning, Smash It Up and Love Song followed by The Wait and Requiem and finished off with The Subs Tomorrows Girls.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
17th December 2009 - 16:00

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Just found Your Ready Now by Slaughter and the Dogs, the tune me and my mates used to have to play before we hit the town...good times

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
17th December 2009 - 16:17

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spotify has been distracting me from all the other things i should be doing for some time now.. Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th December 2009 - 16:46

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'White Man at Hammersmith Palais' was always one of my favourite Clash songs.

Never a big Jam fan but did like 'down at the tube station at midnight' Living in the Midlands never really 'lived' it. Nearest for me was wandering around Willesden to/from seeing The Men They Couldn't Hang on one of there last gigs. (Reformed later)

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posted by Blackhound [444 posts]
20th December 2009 - 18:38

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If you like the Clash try these http://www.myspace.com/therazorbacks or type this in on You tube....Shooting Stars - By Leigh Bucknall..... he is the singer I was lucky enough to see the Clash Live when I was a kid and these are the best band Ive seen since......Albums out in Feb

posted by clubborntobike [1 posts]
21st December 2009 - 17:05

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Sorry the Razorbacks sound like a lot of other bands out there and to me don't stand out from the crowd.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
24th December 2009 - 10:41

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You've played the album, bought the t-shirt, now lick the stamp :

http://bit.ly/7Thldq

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posted by neilwheel [130 posts]
7th January 2010 - 18:46

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Fantastic.

Wonder if they'll do one for All wrapped up by the Undertones?

http://www.iwillfollow.com/ttwo/20071214_TheUndertones.jpg

Possibly not classic enough…

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4135 posts]
7th January 2010 - 18:51

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