Cut the Crap was the last studio album from the seminal punk rock group The Clash. With only two original members left, Bernie Rhodes (The Clash's manager) along with Joe Strummer "created" an album that they thought would revolutionize pop music whilst keeping the band's street cred. The end results were very interesting. What the fans thought was going to be a "back to basics" album ended up with an overproduced synth-pop album filled with basic drum machine patterns, layered music and uninspired vocals and lyrics from Joe Strummer. Paul Simonon, the other original contributed very minimally as most of the bass guitar tracks were either made by a synthesizers or from bassist Norman Roy-Watt.
Most of these songs were performed on the Out of Control Tour but they were arranged and composed very differently. Instead a three guitars, bass and drums the "studio" sound was mostly layered guitar tracks, synthesizers and a drum machine. Despite the synth-pop sound a few of these tunes are catchy (This is England, Cool Under Heat, Movers and Shakers, Three Card Trick) but the rest are really sloppy and an overproduced mess. I wish someone with some producing skills would properly mix this album.
The first (and only) single "This is England" managed to chart but by the time the rest of the album came out, all of the momentum was lost. After the dismal failure of the record's sales and Strummer's lack of motivation led to Bernie Rhodes pulling the plug. He briefly considered having Paul Simonon carrying on as The Clash but those plans were thankfully shelved. A strange end to one of the most successful punk bands to come out of the "Class of 1976".
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