THE CLASH – “Tommy Gun” / “1-2 Crush On You” (CBS 6788) November 1978

At the end of 1978 The Clash released “Tommy Gun” which steadily made it’s way up the chart eventually achieving a Top 20 entry. The number is a powerful punk rocker with a devastating and highly destructive opening salvo of guitars and machine gun rat-a-tat drums. It would have been easy to go downhill after this fierce intro but this one never gives up right until the end.

Joe Strummer barks out his orders in the usual way “Tommy Gun you can be a hero in an age of none.”

Certainly one of my favourite Clash singles.

Published by Colin Mason

serious collector of 1960s vinyl records and archivist of vintage music magazines

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