Poster for 'Rude Boy'. The film, released in 1980 was part fiction, part rockumentary and featured live footage of The Clash. It followed the story of a fan who leaves his job to become a roadie for The Clash.
Okay, so let's agree about the price
And make it one jet airliner for ten prisoners
boats and tanks and planes, it's your game
kings and queens and generals learn your name
I see all the innocents, the human sacrifice
and if death comes so cheap
then the same goes for life
The judge said five to ten, but I say double that again
I'm not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall 'cause governments to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?
While Mick Jones's spirited garage rock tune Should I Stay Or Should I Go enjoyed significant radio play, the single was released as a 'double A-side'.
Can you really cough it up loud and strong
They wanna sing all night long
It could be anywhere
Most likely could be any frontier
No man's land and there ain't no asylum here
King Solomon he never lived round here
Developed from a piano riff that Topper Headon had written, the drummer's words were eventually replaced with Joe Strummer's lyrics about rock music being banned under fundamentalist religious regimes.
Album, released: 14 May 1982
Recorded in New York, this album soaked up the atmosphere of the city's vibrant hip-hop and graffiti art scenes, mixing funk, rock, hip-hop and reggae.
Know Your Rights
Single, released: 23 April 1982
With its Spaghetti Western feel, the tracks satirical lyrics were inspired by ska legend Prince Buster's listing of his directives of the Ten Commandments.
This Is Radio Clash
Single, released: 20 November 1981
Based on the idea of The Clash transmitting from their own pirate radio station, this track was written on return from their Bond's International Casino residency in New York.
Claiming that the song sounded like 'David Bowie backwards', the record company refused to release this track until six months later, when the Dutch import edition of the single started selling heavily.
Train in Vain
Single, released: 12 February 1980
The second US 7" coupled the last track on the London Calling LP (which was not listed on the album's sleeve) with the title track of the album.
Single, released: 14 December 1979
Album, released: 14 December 1979
Originally released as a double LP, London Calling was recorded with maverick producer Guy Stevens.
The US release came a month later, on January 10th 1980.
Single, released: 7 December 1979
This song was written while Strummer was living beside the River Thames on the World's End estate in Chelsea, fuelling the lyrics' apocalyptic vision and the line 'London's drowning but I live by the River'.
Bid on items donated by Mick Jones for the Star Boot Sale online auction in aid of the International Rescue Committee UK. All money raised going to support refugees fleeing conflict in Syria.
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Listen in now to exclusive 30-40 min documentary style podcasts recorded at Wise Buddah Studios in London in June 2013.
Featuring Mick, Topper and Paul in coversation with Johnny Green - their tour manager - on their cultural influence and sharing their fabourite music. In the two chapters out now, the band reflect on the Notting Hill Riots in 1979 and their unique reggae connection.
Follow to listen to more over the coming weeks, when we'll add more chapters on who they toured with and what they were all listening to, their sold out shows, sneaking people into gigs, heading to America and Jamacia and Joe's move to Paris.
Exploring the cult appeal of extremist groups like the Red Brigade and Baader-Meinhoff Gang, this single contains drummer Topper Headon's first major contribution to a Clash song- his signature machine-gun drum roll.
Give 'Em Enough Rope
Album, released: 10 November 1978
The first LP to feature drummer Topper Headon, this record was produced by Blue Oyster Cult's mentor Sandy Pearlman.
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
Single, released: 16 June 1978
This single was the first original song to directly combine rock with reggae.
Clash City Rockers
Single, released: 17 February 1978
The 'rockers' of the title refers to a style of reggae, though the song is propelled by a variation on The Who's crashing I Can't Explain riff.
Tune in to BBC Radio 6 on Wednesday April 18th as host Steve Lamacq is joined by The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for an hour long special looking at the making of their seminal album London Calling.
Recalling the political climate in 1979, refusing to let record label bosses leave until they acknowledged the album's brilliance, dropping their equipment into the Thames and how the album's success was built on the "Three R's" -- Writing, Recording and Rehearsing.
Written at Mick Jones's grandmother's flat on the 18th floor of a council tower block in west London, this track references the unauthorized release of Remote Control and the trouble the band encountered during the White Riot Tour.
Single, released: 13 May 1977
This track, which rallies against the UK Establishment, local government, the House of Lords and the police, was released without the group's consent while they were away on tour.
Capital Radio (EP)
Single, released: 9 April 1977
Available by mail order only through the NME, this EP included Capital Radio, the first song to feature drummer Topper Headon.
Album, released: 8 April 1977
The first major punk record to be released in the UK; later released in the US on July 23rd 1979.
Single, released: 18 March 1977
This debut single was inspired by the Notting Hill riots that took place in August 1976, when Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon were caught up in the chaos.
Last few remaining numbered prints, signed catalogues & linocuts from Paul Simonon's highly successful ICA exhibition 'Wot No Bike' available from paulsimonon.com/