10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Produced by Blue Oyster Cult guru Sandy Pearlman, the Clash’s sophomore album was a conscious attempt to give the band a more commercial sound. Although Give ‘Em Enough Rope doesn’t pack quite the punch or purpose of the band’s debut, “Safe European Home,” “Tommy Gun,” and “Drug-Stabbing Time” show a growing synergy in the songwriting partnership between Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. The rollicking R&B of “Julie’s Been Working For the Drug Squad” presages the stylistic breakthrough of London Calling, while “English Civil War” offers the band’s punk audience one last furious anthem. In addition to the chemistry they display here, Strummer and Jones also show how well they can do on their own. Jones’s “Stay Free” is a disarmingly sweet song about lost friendship, but as usual, Strummer’s songs act as the group’s conscience. “Cheapskates” and “All the Young Punks” address the illusory nature of success, and both songs function as bitter goodbyes to the band’s punk roots.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Produced by Blue Oyster Cult guru Sandy Pearlman, the Clash’s sophomore album was a conscious attempt to give the band a more commercial sound. Although Give ‘Em Enough Rope doesn’t pack quite the punch or purpose of the band’s debut, “Safe European Home,” “Tommy Gun,” and “Drug-Stabbing Time” show a growing synergy in the songwriting partnership between Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. The rollicking R&B of “Julie’s Been Working For the Drug Squad” presages the stylistic breakthrough of London Calling, while “English Civil War” offers the band’s punk audience one last furious anthem. In addition to the chemistry they display here, Strummer and Jones also show how well they can do on their own. Jones’s “Stay Free” is a disarmingly sweet song about lost friendship, but as usual, Strummer’s songs act as the group’s conscience. “Cheapskates” and “All the Young Punks” address the illusory nature of success, and both songs function as bitter goodbyes to the band’s punk roots.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings
27 Ratings
Some Dude in Texas ,

The Only Band That Mattered

Give 'Em Enough Rope by The Clash is great in every way. I don't know how long it has been on iTunes but, for it to have NO reviews or ratings is truly a crime - no matter how long it's been here. This is The Clash we're talking about - one of the most influential and important bands of all time. There is a reason they were called The Only Band That Matters - give this (or any of their music) a listen and find out why. My favorite song here is "Tommy Gun", but they are all great. On this, their second release, you can really hear them venture into a variety of musical genres - something that is a big part of what made them great.

ImmaLoverNottaFighter ,

Another rating

Giving this album one star because you had trouble downloading it is super lame. The ratings are for the albums - not your iTunes experience.

ray brower ,

Buyer Beware!

Englsih Civil War, Last Gang in Town & the last song do not properly download. only the 1st 5 seconds do for each of these. Very frustrating becuase there is no support to correct this after you pay and attempt to download.

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