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Give 'Em Enough Rope

The Clash Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, the Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding its hard rock & roll with reggae dub and rockabilly among other roots ... Read more in Amazon's The Clash Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00002MVQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Safe European Home
2. English Civil War
3. Tommy Gun
4. Julie's Been Working For The Drug Squad
5. Last Gang In Town
6. Guns On The Roof
7. Drug-Stabbing Time
8. Stay Free
9. Cheapskates
10. All The Young Punks (New Boots And Contracts)

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Despite the tepid production by metal guru Sandy Pearlman, the Clash's sophomore album, Give 'Em Enough Rope, manages to burn with white-hot intensity. Though not as amateurish or snarling as their debut album, Rope finds the boys flexing their songwriting muscles. The first three songs ("Safe European Home", "English Civil War", and "Tommy Gun") stand among their most powerful and leap from the record with brute force. Though they hit a few clunkers ("Cheapskates"), this album is a near classic and gives a hint of the band to come that would light up the world with London Calling. --Tod Nelson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Classic 10 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
Whilst the Clash's 'best' album followed this one, 'Give 'Em Enough Rope' is my favourite Clash album.
We start off with my all time favourite Clash song 'Safe European Home' which is a song I often hum, alongside another catchy song on this album 'Julie's been working for the drug squad' which is funnily catchy.
This is such an uncommercial album and thats maybe why its forgotten about.
If you are like me, I like short albums, running in at only 10 songs this is the reason I prefer to listen to this that any other Clash albums simply as I find it gets to the point.
Its highly confusing why this is such an underrated album, with the classic 'Tommy Gun' and a hidden gem which is 'All the Young Punks' I can't recommend this enough.
1978 was a great year for post punk bands, 'All Mod Con's by the Jam is a good example.
Try this forgotten Classic.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underappreciated classic! 18 May 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This album hasn't had the credit it deserves over the years. A lot of people gloss it over saying 'it was just their difficult second album' etc., and even the band have criticised it, calling it over-produced and flawed. I find all of this pretty unbelievable when I listen to 'Give 'Em Enough Rope'.
It's probably worth its price just for the opening track, the blistering 'Safe European Home', one of the finest Clash songs. But it doesn't let up after that, with such tracks as 'Tommy Gun' and 'Stay Free' showing The Clash at their melodic and lyrical best. There is not a bad song out of the 10 cuts that appear here, and I find it truly exciting to listen to.
Joe Strummer said this album was 'just rock' and maybe the guitars are a little more clean-cut than the raw-sounding debut record, but it must be said that the lyrics still retain that same ferocious 'punk' anger and social conscience of debut, and it is as well-articulated - particularly 'Tommy Gun' stands out in this respect.
In critical acclaim its always been an underdog to 'London Calling', but to me its just as awesome as that album. This and 'London Calling' are the essential, best, Clash albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Wow, is this underrated. I honestly believe this is on par with their two definite albums (slight exaggeration, but certainly not far off). Its got the raw and energetic traditional punk of their debut, and also highlights the direction they would take to London Calling, its certainly a great "bridging" album to these two classics. Whats most suprising is how consistent these songs are. There's no downright Clash classic ala "White Riot" or "Train In Vain", but it more than makes up for that with the serious lack of filler, and the tracks are on the same calibur as the next that it never feels like the singles truly outshines the album tracks. Give 'Em Enough Rope is short, over within a flash and easily the least complex album from these guys, but all this only makes it much more accessible and easier to listen to than any other. As for the melodies, again, don't expect something as catchy as ANYTHING off their debut, but they're hella good, and more of a love them while they're on rather than in retrospect-sort of songs. Don't pass up on this, I went through my childhood ignoring this because there was no songs I recognised. Such a low profile gem that it would be ashame if you let this one pass by you.

Key track: Tommy Gun
Personal faves: Safe European Home, Stay Free, English Civil War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There seem to be many parallels between today and the late seventies. A time of economic depression, a working class trodden down by the conscienceless political rulers and moneyed elite, ethnic tensions simmering, a generation of young people with no future prospects ready to lash out a wave of destruction in the form of riots in protest at the injustices of the world they find themselves in. And the development of a new musical form which encapsulates the passion, the anger and the political stance of the youth. OK, perhaps the similarities end there, as plastic Cowell pop seems to be the hallmark and legacy of this generation, but thirty years ago the social situation gave rise to just such a musical form, Punk. And the prime exponents were the Clash.

This is the second studio album from the Clash and shows a degree of maturity and progression from their debut. Still full of an in your face attitude, a social awareness and political agenda, all backed by angry, passionate full speed ahead music, there is a blending of outside influences, especially reggae, and a more thoughtful tone to some of the lyrics that sets it apart from their debut, and begins to show where the band would go. It's another excellent outing, and a worthy addition to anyone's music collection. However, sandwiched as it is between the amazingly good debut and the sublime London Calling, it does lose a little shine and so gets 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hidden Gem of Clash Albums! 7 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Underestimate Give Em Enough Rope at your peril. Brimming with energy and brilliant songs this is that rare beast of an album that is consistently good throughout. The Initial blast of Safe European Home to the more reflective Stay Free highlight the bands variety and song writing quality. Maybe the greatest testament to this album is that I have owned it for 15 years and still frequently come back to it and it still sounds fresh on every listen. Who could top Joe Strummer and the rest of the bands backing vocals. Not the greatest Clash album then but for a band with such high standards this is definately worth looking into. Besides you'll find more raw passion here than 95% of albums that are out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second album
Great second album by the Clash -remastered is why you would want it - sounds great - 5 stars to balance out the idiot who gave it one star.
Published 3 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Another blinder by The Clash!!!!
What an album every track rocks. Another blinder by the clash. Still sounds cool
I saw them in 1978 on tour when this album came out. Safe European Home! What a song!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by tones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Record despite what the critics say.
Most critics moan about this album because Sandy Pearlman produced it. He's famous for working with Blue Oyster Cult so the critics couldn't deal with that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carl Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars a must
In my opinion the best album they ever did. All tracks I first rate . Rest in peace Joe Stummer
Published 11 months ago by mark ford
5.0 out of 5 stars They gave us enough rope!
"Give 'Em Enough Rope", The Clash's second album, was a far more polished offering than their raw, raucous debut. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Stephen Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive follow up!
After I listened and loved the first album for such a long period of time I thought it was time to give this album a chance. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by J. Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars After the riot
One of the earlier Clash songs was called '1977', named after the year when the comet-like trajectory of the British punk scene reached its peak. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Mark Fleming
2.0 out of 5 stars Money is Never a Legacy
In 1977 England wobbled and tottered on the brink of something new. The 70's was marked with violence; political, social, domestic, school and street. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Clash album
This was, as the review title suggests, the quintessential Clash album. The self named debut, though good in its own right, owed much to the punk movement itself. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2009 by J. A. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars All the Not-So-Young Punks
This is something resembling what the Clash could do when they were on blob.

Steely power-pop, delivered at high velocity. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2008 by Paul Ess.
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