INTRODUCING YOU TO BANDS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW, BUT TOTALLY SHOULD.
I know, The Clash isn’t some underground band to discover so you can share your musical prowess with your friends. Everyone knows them at least by name and can probably sing along to “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and “Rock The Casbah”. And everyone SHOULD know London Calling as it’s probably their best. However, there is something to discover in one of the best bands of all time (THE best in my estimation).
Started in the UK in the late 70’s the foursome includes Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon. Most of the songwriting duties fell to Mick Jones and Joe Strummer who focused on working class issues and then increasingly on racial and social injustices in the world while encouraging revolutionary ideals. The musical influences varied from early 70’s American Hard Rock to Reggae, Rockabilly, Ska and Dub. So while the band was rightly labeled as Punk Rock, songs would easily fit into surprising categories. Later projects from band members such as “Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros” would rely heavily on elements of Hip Hop and Country while Mick Jones’ “Big Audio Dynamite” blended Jazz, Funk and Pop.
It’s time more people knew of the music this band was NOT famous for, but maybe should have been. Here are some of my favorites.
Guns Of Brixton
White Man In Hammersmith Pallais
Straight To Hell
Rudy Can’t Fail
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