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The Clash Album That No One Talks About,
This review is from: Cut The Crap (Audio CD)
"Cut The Crap" rarely, if ever, shows up on any Clash conversation. It is discreetly swept under the rug. After all, few can fathom how this band could experience such a shocking lapse in music-making.
I've given this album several chances until it became obvious that life is too short. Given that Jones and Headon left under a cloud of drug use, you'd think that a Clash led by Strummer would retain some merit... and certainly good judgment. Both are dismally absent here.
This is the 'comic book' version of the band, filled with banal, chest-thumping 'macho' choruses shouted at every turn, cliched working class lyrics, and embarrassingly uninspired tunes. All blatantly overproduced to the hilt of 80's tackiness. It's so atrocious that it should have been marketed as a hilarious parody of punk. Cringing stuff.
Although Strummer would eventually hit his stride (Walker is his first great cd), this album is a blemish on anyone's cv.