In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Is there a worse final album from a band this revered?”
By the mid 80s, The Clash were seven or eight years, and five albums into being a hugely successful, internationally renowned band. They had played a major part in taking punk rock to the world, and released several records that are still seen as masterpieces three decades later. Then, they fired half of their seminal line up, lead guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. One album later, the band would be completely broken up and much mudslinging would ensue.
In this revisit of the band’s discography, I’ve been kind of dreading this last album. It doesn’t have the greatest reputation, and I was always partial to the slightly poppier tendencies of Jones and the way he counter balanced the aggression of Joe Strummer. But now, I just found another reason to expect the worst form Cut the Crap, it’s not on Spotify. Every other studio album, live release and compilation is on there right now, for your listening pleasure. But no Cut the Crap, almost like the surviving members of The Clash would prefer to pretend it never happened. (more…)