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The Clash (U.K. Version)

The 1977 self-titled debut album from the London-based punk rock band.

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The Clash - THE CLASH [UK] (1977)

  • Aug 28, 2006
The Clash's self-titled debut remains one of the greatest punk records of all time. While The Sex Pistols' brand of punk rock was entirely nihilistic, on their debut The Clash chose to focus more on the everyday problems of the London working class. The Clash was arguably the first punk band to do more than back up bad vocals with razor-edged guitars. There are some bad vocals - it's punk rock, right? - and strong guitars, but there's also great lyrics, delightful choruses, and some surprisingly atmospheric tunes, particularly on "Deny". The songs range in topic from the joy of work-free weekends ("48 Hrs.") to "Career Opportunities", the boredom of modern life ("London's Burning") and "Hate & War". "Police & Thieves", by far the album's longest track, is arguably the first "reggae rock" song. LONDON CALLING is The Clash's masterpiece (heck, it may be the greatest album ever made!), but their self-titled debut remains one of the very best punk albums of all time and a defining record of London life at the end of the 1970s.

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The single greatest punk rock album of all time. When it comes right down to it nobody comes close to the raw political energy of The Clash!
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The Clash's label didn't believe this debut would sell in the United States. By the time CBS got around to releasing astateside versionof the U.K. album, the British original had become an import hit. While the U.S. release contains outstanding tracks such as "Complete Control" and "Clash City Rockers," it's still missing "Cheat," "Protex Blue," "48 Hours," and "Deny." No matter which version you prefer,The Clashis a fearsome listen.Joe Strummerreviles the system at every turn, while Mick Jones wields his guitar like a switchblade. Yet even on their debut there are hints of future musical adventures.Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves" is solid reggae, while "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" expertly interpolates the reggae groove into their punk attack.--Rob O'Connor
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Composer: The Clash
Author: The Clash
Performer: The Clash
Release Date: April 8, 1977
Label: Epic Records
Artist: The Clash
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