Friday, July 28, 2006

Number 999 - The Clash

Number 999

The Clash

"Rock The Casbah"

Genre:Punk not a fan of the Clash, ever since they slagged off the Beatles with "phony beatlemania" . Im quite convinced this group survives to this day is because the "critics" love them more than the actual public do, and hence the reason why their CD's still sell today.
However, I do like this song and will admit it deserves to be in the 1000 Songs of All Time, albeit number 999.
For more Beatles see Number 489, #587, #894 & #947
What does Rolling Stone think about the Clash?
In 1979, London Calling was sold with a sticker declaring that the Clash were the only band that matters, and they acted as if they believed their own hype. Broadcasting from the middle of the wild-eyed mess that was English punk rock, a milieu that often dismissed idealism as a liability, the band was criticized as being too serious, even too nice, while its peers, the Sex Pistols, were uniformly regarded as the real thing. Twenty-five years later, Sony has expanded this reissue of the group's third album with some raw demo recordings and a DVD of documentary films, even as the basic political nightmares the Clash ripped into on the album have expanded exponentially. Then as now, it would seem that idealism was underrated. London Calling is indeed a serious, ridiculously ambitious punk album that resonates within a largely American history of rebellion -- the lyrics invoke anti-heroes from tough-guy actor Robert Mitchum to gangsta legend Stagga Lee. It was originally underestimated as simply a bridge to reggae, classic rock & roll and pop radio. ~ [Source:Rolling Stone 2004]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number 77
This song has a crowbarred rating of 36.9 out of 108 pts

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Blogger Dave Rave said...

The Clash were the only band that mattered. Being a dumb yank, you couldn't possibly understand this, what with being brainwashed all your life, so much so you even believe you live in a free country! And let's face it anything written about rock music by a yank is always bitter & childish, due to having to live with the fact that American music has always been second best to English music since the day the Beatles showed the American bands how it was done! I'm so bored with the U.S.A (Isn't everyone!).....

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