London Calling

London Calling

by The ClashThe Clash


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By 1979, the Clash had established themselves as one of the premier avatars of the punk movement, but the release of London Calling made a strong case for their consideration among rock's all-time greats. The two-record set is a sprawling epic that captures the raw intensity of their earlier work on some tracks, opens new vistas on others, and in general reveals a considerably more mature and adventurous band of punks. "Train in Vain" even made it to the American pop charts, while the title track captures all the anger and dismay of Thatcherite England. "Spanish Bombs" refines the blueprint for heroic anthems, and "Lost in the Supermarket" takes the contempt of their earlier "I'm So Bored with the U.S.A." and morphs it into a scathing critique of consumerism. Elsewhere, their facility with reggae and rockabilly influences enhanced their role as low-fi aesthetes. Rolling Stone proclaimed London Calling the No.1 record of the '80s despite its British release date of 1979, but such a distinction only underscores the album's value as one of the best recordings of any decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646388525
catalogNumber: 63885
Rank: 5603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clash   Primary Artist
Joe Strummer   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mick Gallagher   Organ
Topper Headon   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums,Group Member
Mick Jones   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Paul Simonon   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Irish Horns   Brass
Varren Steadman   Voices

Technical Credits

Clash   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Rob Lowry   Cover Design
Vince Taylor   Composer
Clive Alphonso   Composer
Jerry Green   Engineer

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