According to a comment on the Ellen playlist a younger version of Ms. Rudzis almost got herself croaked at a Clash concert back in the day! I am hoping Ellen will post a full account at some point and in the interim will offer these thoughts. I interviewed Clash bassist Paul Simonon back in the day, and it was around the time Sandinista was released and the absolute height of my admiration for the Clash. He was very nice and very charming and about as truthful as you can be, admitting to drug ingestion and fault lines in the united Clash front. You usually get a hooker hour (45 minutes) in those circumstances but we went to lunch and spoke for hours.
I was never the fan of the Clash that I was of the Sex Pistols. I didn’t like the way Jones played Jagger to Strummer’s Richards and I wasn’t sure about the reggae dub (at least at first) on “Police And Thieves” and “I Fought The War” and I didn’t like the complexing up then dumbing down of their career trajectory. This lead me to turn down tix to see the Clash at Bonds from the Village Voice!!! I musta been crazy— and in retrospect I think I got em very wrong. Still love Sandista but… here’s an album by album grading in order of preference, Yank releases only (though I always considered the Clash a natural born singles band) … and that’s all your Clash before Ellen stirs the pot again…
The Clash A+
London Calling A
Give Em Enough Rope B+
Combat Rock B
Cut the Crap C+
Plus here are all the UK singles as listed on the website everything2.com:
White Riot / 1977Released 18th March, 1977, Chart peak no. 38. Taken from the album The Clash.
This Is Radio Clash / Radio ClashReleased 20th November, 1981. Chart peak no. 47. Non-album single.
Rock The Casbah / Long Time JerkReleased 11th June, 1982. Chart peak no. 30. Taken from the album Combat Rock.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go / Straight To HellReleased 17th September 1982. Chart peak no. 17. Taken from the album Combat Rock.
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – January 1983 (Volume 14, Number 8)
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