THE CLASH – COMPLETE CONTROL

THE CLASH – “Complete Control” / “City Of The Dead” (CBS 5664) September 1977 – The Clash “Complete Control” – They have famed JA studio hotshot Lee Perry producing their single. Now live, The Clash are OK, the filthy rough edge of Strummer’s coarse vocal and lumbering instrumentals communicate fine.

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THE CLASH – WHITE RIOT

THE CLASH – “White Riot” / “1977” (CBS S CBS 5058) March 1977 – The Clash “White Riot” – Last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words wait for another voice. Look out, listen, can you hear it?

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THE CLASH – SUMMERTIME BLUES

The Clash’s Joe Strummer puts down Bob Geldof, the Police and the current crop of new bands but says things will get better. “It’s going to be better. The harder Margaret Thatcher sets in, the more benefits you’ll see for rock ‘n’ roll.”

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BLANK GENERATION OUT ON THE ROAD

Blank Generation on the road – Kenneth Anger called James Dean “a human ashtray”. Maybe he should have waited twenty years to see the self-inflicted fag burns on Rotten’s arms. “It’s my body and I’ll do what I want with it.”

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THE CLASH – ENGLISH CIVIL WAR (JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME)

The Clash ‘English Civil War’ – A wise enough if a miscued and rock ‘n’ rolly warning about all things uninformed and sinister that this chap can flow to easier than any tuppeny ha’penny “Oliver’s Army”. But then it was a CBS choice we hear.

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THE CLASH AT THE ROXY, LOS ANGELES

A Clash at the Roxy, Los Angeles, treat for their fans this, a five dollar ticket and a smaller setting than bands who’ve just appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone usually employ. In fact, a bonus, the Clash back in clubland in front of 700 people

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THE CLASH – TOMMY GUN

The Clash ‘Tommy Gun’ – 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.

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