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
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.
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'.
Rock the Casbah
Single, released: 11 June 1982
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.
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Released as a 10" vinyl, this rarities album included a version of Capital Radio, made available as a 7" EP in 1977 by the NME.
Single, released: 16 January 1981
Celebrating the growth of the independent music scene in Britain, led by labels like Rough Trade and Factory, this track features Meat Loaf's backing singer Ellen Foley on guest vocals.
Album, released: 12 December 1980
Controversially released as a 'triple' on three vinyl discs, the record shows the group on a creative roll, adding dub, rap and jazz to an already diverse musical palette
The Call Up
Single, released: 21 November 1980
This song confronted the issue of conscription into the armed forces, a threat which remained in America following the Vietnam War.
Single, released: 8 August 1980
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.
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'.
I Fought The Law
Single, released: 26 July 1979
The Clash's first US single coupled I Fought The Law with (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.
The Cost Of Living (EP)
Single, released: 11 May 1979
This 4-track EP was released to coincide with the General Election in the UK, which put Margaret Thatcher in power.
A re-working of the traditional American Civil War-era song, 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home'.
Single, released: 24 November 1978
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.
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.
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.
Single, released: 23 September 1977
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.