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.