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The Clash’s third album, 1979’s London Calling, is where their brilliance comes together in a 19-track tour de force that uses the energy of their punk origins and employs it in a number of new stylistic directions. Reggae-dub underlines “Rudie Can’t Fail,” “Wrong ‘Em Boyo,” “Revolution Rock,” and bassist Paul Simonon’s unnerving “The Guns of Brixton.” Rockabilly and surf chase the cover of Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac.” Genuine pop melodies support the Mick Jones-led “Spanish Bombs,” “Lost In the Supermarket,” “I’m Not Down,” and the hit-single-in-hiding “Train In Vain” (original copies of the album didn’t list it on the album sleeve). The title track remains one of the most ominous songs ever to kick off any album, never mind a double album of such consequence. And we haven’t even mentioned the brilliance of “Hateful,” “Clampdown,” “Death or Glory” or “Koka Kola.” Their self-titled debut (in both U.K. and U.S. configurations) stood for punk’s raw power and Sandinista! provided the band with enough room for pure experimentation, but London Calling splits the difference and aims for the center line. Quite simply: a masterpiece by any definition.

Customer Reviews


Only 3 reviews? What's up with that? Great album, every track blends perfectly in the album and each track is ear candy. A must listen for every true Rock 'N Roll fan.

That, and I love the melodies, the guitar hooks, and the lyrics.

The only album that matters

Maybe not as shocking and dangerous as never mind the bollocks was but that doesn’t mean it’s a lesser album. One of the best british musical endeavors in the late 70s in my opinion. Doesn’t matter what kind of music your into really punk or not you should buy the whole thing. Is noteworthy alone for containing the greatest reggae song of all time “the guns of brixton”.


This album defines music, in all its purities and impurities.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, the Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding its hard rock & roll with reggae, dub, and rockabilly among other roots musics. Furthermore, they were blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, each...
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