This 2-CD album features 32 of the band’s iconic tracks, sequenced from their legendary Brixton Fairdeal show in 1982.
‘Hits Back’ contains the best studio recordings of the full set played on the night, plus 8 additional tracks. It also comes with the original setlist, as handwritten by Joe Strummer, which he usually tapped to the back of his Telecaster before each gig.
“Every show was different. Joe would spend a lot of time composing the running order, considering dynamics, emotional impact and the key the songs were in.
This record is based on Joe’s setlist from The Casbah Club UK Tour, Brixton Fairdeal, 10th July 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 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.
The Magnificent Seven
Single, released: 10 April 1981
Recorded in New York in April 1980, this single was one of the first ever rap records made by a British band and one of the earliest rap records full stop.
Black Market Clash
Album, released: 1 March 1981
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.
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.
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: 14 December 1979
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.
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'.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
The Clash Sound System. Designed and compiled by The Clash.
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Collected for the first time, all of The Clash’s seminal studio albums remastered, 3 CD demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides, DVD of all videos with unseen footage by Julien Temple and Don Letts, original and newly commissioned Clash fanzines, exclusive poster, dog tags, stickers, badges and more.
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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.