For me it was Brand New Cadillac. That was when I knew, two songs in, that The Clash had put together something that was going to stand the test of time. Some folks might have to wait until Death or Glory, Jimmy Jazz, Spanish Bombs, Clampdown or even until the end when the unlisted Train in Vain coda helped us dance our way back to the turntable to play the whole thing all over again. LOUD.
Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon’s stompin, rockin, boogie revolutionary baby is 35 years old today. Born December 14, 1979. LONDON CALLING. Probably the best double album of all time (and I include Exile on Main Street and The White Album in that breath). R&B, Punk, Rockabilly, Jazz, Pop and Reggae blended into the essential Clash record.
The is Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Bass at the Palladium in the out of focus Cover that looks like an outtake from a horror movie. And The Clash Smashed modern rock the same way. Up front and personal. Brew for Breakfast Forever!