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The Clash (UK): The Clash - London teenagers outline their career opportunities,
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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 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 debut record is, for me, a fascinating piece. I was born around the time it was released, so have no real memories of the era. This is a historic document of what it meant to be a teenager in the late seventies. With an in your face attitude, a social awareness and political agenda, all backed by angry, passionate full speed ahead music played (unusually for many Punk bands) by a group of talented musicians, it's an absolute classic. It is a record that grabs you and commands your full attention, screaming in your face about just what is wrong with the world. Subtle it isn't.
There are two versions of this album on sale, the UK and US version. This one, the UK version is 14 tracks and contains `Deny', `Cheat', `Protex Blue' and '48 Hours'. For some reason these were deemed unsuitable for the US market which had a 15 track release containing `Clash City Rockers', `Complete Control', `White Man In Hammersmith', `I Fought The Law' and `Jail Guitar Doors'. Both are equally essential, and I have both versions as I like all the tracks that are unique to each.
A classic debut, and one that heralded great things to come. Five stars.