I couldn't just leave one video for your viewing pleasure. Here are three of my favorite songs.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The Only Band that Matters
It's been a Clash type day. I went through and listened fully to "London Calling." Such a great album. It pushed the boundaries for a "punk" band. Were the Clash truly a "punk rock" band? Yes and No. They had the attitude of a punk, where they didn't care about what the rules were. They were going to break it. They didn't have any qualms about what they were doing musically. Joe Strummer would go on to do more worldly type music. Mick Jones went on to Big Audio Dynamite, a mixture of genres. That is what "London Calling" the album is a great big pot of stew. Elements of rock, punk, jazz, funk, ska, reggae, and whatever else was cooking. That's what truly makes the Clash the band they were. Pushing that boundary, and making sure the music had a message. You listen to these songs, and think will there be a band like that? With such a strong passion for what they are doing. The Clash were around just ten years, which to me doesn't seem that long for a band when you consider a band like Aerosmith is going on year 30some. Or Bad Religion who just celebrated their 30th Anniversary. The influence of the Clash is all over punk bands today. the Clash is listed in top band lists, and London Calling makes its way on to top album lists. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. What a great honor for a truly great band. The Last Gang In Town.