London’s Calling… The Clash – London Calling

London’s Calling: The Clash – London Calling

Tracklist

  1. London Calling
  2. Brand New Cadillac
  3. Jimmy Jazz
  4. Hateful
  5. Rudie Can’t Fail
  6. Spanish Bombs
  7. The Right Profile
  8. Lost In The Supermarket
  9. Clampdown
  10. The Guns of Brixton
  11. Wrong ’em Boyo
  12. Death Or Glory
  13. Koka Kola
  14. The Card Cheat
  15. Lover’s Rock
  16. Four Horsemen
  17. I’m Not Down
  18. Revolution Rock
  19. Train In Vain

About the album

Released on December 14th 1979 in the United Kingdom, British punk rock band The Clash, took the world by storm with their third studio album, London CallingLondon Calling fuses many elements and genres of music: ska, reggae, punk, soul, jazz, rockabilly, and funk among other genres. London Calling is considered to be one of the (500) greatest albums ever by Rolling Stone Magazine. 

Thoughts on the album

The Clash closed out the 1970’s and the end of the disco era with a bang. A BIG bang. Their third studio release, London Calling is… simply put one of the all-time greats and still sounds just as fresh, invigorating and powerful now as the day it was released. London Calling served as one of the most convincing examples of just how far punk rock could be stretched. Its creators pushing the boundaries of their once straight forward rock sound into realms few other punk bands have managed.

Don’t be mistaken, London Calling is a punk album and The Clash are a punk band. London Calling proved that its not punk music in the sense of 3 chords, dumb, 2 minute riff rock. No. Punk in the sense that it has that fiery spirit undercutting each track and through their adaptation of foreign musical styles; making the sound become more political and revolutionary than any punk band before them.

There is a virtually iconic song every other track or so. For example, London Calling opens with the the nightmarish, post-apocalyptic tension title track. Featuring tight, punchy guitars and rolling bass lines that are grounded by Joe Strummer’s apocalypse-fearing lyrics. The band proves it can rock with roaring, politically charged “Clampdown,” which immediately followed up by the dark reggae-infused sound of “Guns of Brixton”. “Guns of Brixton” has a sense of urgency and suffocated anger.

Conclusion

It’s hard to compare London Calling to some other record by some other band, simply because it just does not sound like anything else heard before or after it. Listening to this album is like riding a rollercoaster: it is thrilling and extremely exciting.

I could go through every song, song by song, explaining how each one is great. I won’t do that. I’ll let you the reader decide that for yourselves. With an album like London Calling, one needs to experience it themselves.

Would you like to know something even more impressive about this album? The way London Calling coheres as a whole: no other double album in the history of music is able cover the musical range exhibited on this one, all whilst retaining a unified feel quite the way London Calling does.

London Calling is not only revolutionary in the sense that it revolutionized punk and other genres and subgenres of rock, it’s revolutionary in the sense that it not only defines a band, but the sound. London Calling closed out the 1970’s with a thunderous bang. The double album is truly a one of kind masterpiece that everyone should listen to and own. I could continue to heap praise and superlatives onto this album, but I won’t. I’ll let you decide for yourselves if it deserves the praise.

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