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.
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.
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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.
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.
English Civil War
Single, released: 23 February 1979
A re-working of the traditional American Civil War-era song, 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home'.
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.
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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.
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