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MUSIC REVIEW | The Clash – Cut the Crap (1985)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Is there a worse final album from a band this revered?”

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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…)

MUSIC REVIEW | The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Hit and miss, but the hits are so good, they still make it pretty great overall.”

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After the mammoth scope and ambition of the double album London Calling, and the beyond epic triple long player that was Sandinista!, I was happy to see that The Clash returned to something a little more trimmed back for their next release.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved London Calling and Sandinista!   I think they both lived up to their ambition in a way that’s nothing less than remarkable.  But in the end, my favourite version of The Clash is the more straight forward, stripped back, to the pint version of The Clash.  And I was hoping for a return to that approach with Combat Rock.

I hope that was immediately satisfied with Know Your Rights.  Straight forward, stripped back, to the point, and best of all, pissed off.  After a pair of Strummer tunes to start, Mick Jones explodes with possibly the poppiest hit the band ever recorded, Should I Stay or Should I Go.  Usually, referring to a song as poppy while talking about a band like this would sound like a slight, but I love this song.  It’s a punk rock classic, an 80s rock classic, and just an all ‘round classic in any category you want to put it in. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | The Clash – Sandinista! (1980)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s a long haul, but one that only feels like hard work in seldom, fleeting moments.”

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When it comes to musicians and bands, there’s prolific, then there’s posthumous 2Pac, and then, there’s The Clash.  As a recording band, they were only in existence for eight years, in which time they released six studio albums.  At least four of which are still seen as classics.  In their first four years alone, they released four albums.  Including the double vinyl London Calling.  And this, the beyond epic, triple vinyl monster that is Sandinista!

A monster that starts amazingly strong with Magnificent Seven.  Built around what might be one of the greatest basslines in rock history, Joe Strummer’s seething anger is at a clenched maximum from the get go, setting a very high bar for the record to maintain for staggering 35 more tracks. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | The Clash – London Calling (1979)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Such a varied, wide ranging album sonically and stylistically.”

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Before I started listening to London Calling for this review, I already had an intro half written in my head.  I was gonna talk about how it was the pivot point between The Clash proving themselves with the first two records, then using the mainstream mega success gained here to attempt something a little more ambitious with the triple album epic, Sandinista.  Turns out I was wrong about all of it.

While London Calling is the iconic record and image of the band today, it’s predecessor was actually a bigger chart hit back in the day.  And as far as ambitious, epic records go, I had no idea that London Calling was itself just that, with 19 tracks clocking in at well over an hour.  So while I assumed this would be the most familiar Clash album in this career retrospective, I was really pumped to realise just how blind I was going into this legendary and important piece of rock and roll history. (more…)